Forever Grateful

Forever Grateful

This past weekend the Parkinson’s disease community and the world at large lost a truly inspirational leader with the passing of Muhammad Ali. We want to express our sympathy to his family for their loss and join countless others in celebrating his life and extraordinary achievements on behalf of many causes. ...

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Know Your Roots

Know Your Roots

Among the many brilliant performances on the History Channels remake of the series Roots, is the role of Kizzy, played by Anika Noni Rose, the actress best known for her work on the stage. Like many of the actors who were part of this series, and the original that first aired 39 years ago, the part had ...

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Neanderthals Were More Advanced Than Once Believed

Neanderthals Were More Advanced Than Once Believed

Two fire-scarred circular structures found hidden in a cave in France have altered scientists’ perceptions of our early human cousins, the Neanderthals. What these almost 200,000 year-old sophisticated structures were used for remains unknown, but their discovery, described in the journal Nature, ...

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Roots Revisited

Roots Revisited

In a wonderful interview he did with comedian W. Kamau Bell, actor and producer Levar Burton explained the significance of the current reboot of the series Roots on the History Channel. “Whether you feel like it has any relevance or meaning to you, the real truth is that it does,” Burton said featured in ...

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Asthma in African American Children

Asthma in African American Children

Asthma can start with simple tightness in the chest, but end in an epic battle to breathe. So whether you are black or white, Asian or Latino, an asthma attack can be frightening, especially if you are a kid. But who you are, or more accurately what your ancestry is, does matter in what scientists can say ...

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Living With Crohn’s and Colitis

Living With Crohn’s and Colitis

Anyone with inflammatory bowel disease has to be strong to handle the day-to-day challenges of living with the condition. You need even more moxie to take the extra step of being public about this serious and sometimes debilitating intestinal condition. One of those courageous few who’ve stepped out to ...

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World IBD Day

World IBD Day

23andMe, in collaboration with Pfizer Inc, is well on its way to enrolling 10,000 people living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) to participate in research on this serious digestive condition, which includes both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. But we can’t begin our analysis of the data in ...

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Study Shows Genetic Variants that Influence Multiple Traits and Conditions

Study Shows Genetic Variants that Influence Multiple Traits and Conditions

Researchers know that certain genes, or more accurately regions in our genes, are multitaskers, influencing a wide variety of traits and conditions that range from such things as the size of our noses to our susceptibility to childhood ear infections to our risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study led by ...

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Graduation Day Genetics

Graduation Day Genetics

In what is the largest-ever genome wide association study for social science, researchers found more than 70 genetic variants associated with educational attainment — the number of years individuals spent in school or university. Many of the variants found were also in genes or gene regions associated with ...

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Mother’s Day Delayed

Mother’s Day Delayed

Sandi had 50 years to prepare for this moment, but as she walked off a plane in Sacramento she felt the anxiety and doubt well-up inside. “It was like the night before you get married and you get cold feet or jitters,” said the 50 year-old mother from New Hampshire. “You just know that in a moment your ...

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