A New Approach to Research: The 23andMe Parkinson’s Disease Initiative

By 23andMe Co-Founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki We started 23andMe with a simple, yet expansive, vision: to take DNA into the mainstream.  In order to demystify genetics, we thought the best approach was to give individuals access to their genomes and help them gain personalized insight into their own ...

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SNPwatch: New Study Shows When Some Height-Associated Genes Influence Growth

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Second Variant Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Human IRGM Gene

Throughout the course of human evolution, there have been plenty of firsts. Small changes in our genetic code have laid the groundwork for our bipedal gait, our large brains, and our ability to speak complex languages. There are countless genes throughout the human genome that distinguish us from our ...

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The Origins of the Forest-Dwelling African Pygmies

Once distributed throughout tropical Africa, Pygmies now live in pockets of the continent's rainforest.Africa is home to a number of dwindling hunter-gatherer populations, most of them living deep in the rainforests that stretch from western Africa's Atlantic coast to the eastern edge of the Democratic ...

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Researchers Identify Genetic Variant Linking Autism And Gastrointestinal Disorders

Autism, a neurological disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate with and relate to others, affects one in every 150 American children. Genetics is thought to be at least partly to blame for this condition, but research aimed at finding the genes involved has been frustratingly slow. This is ...

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What Happens After I Spit? A Saliva Sample’s Saga

The way our Personal Genome Service™ works is pretty straightforward, at least from a customer's point of view. We send you a saliva collection kit, which is at its heart a plastic tube. You spit in the tube and send it to our laboratory, which extracts DNA from your saliva, analyzes it and deposits the ...

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SNPwatch: Unlikely Gene May Contribute To Cocaine Dependence and Paranoia

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Mouse Research May Shed Light On Human Iron Disorder

Our bodies need iron: to form the oxygen-carrying hemoglobin for our red blood cells, maintain our immune systems and keep our muscles and brains functioning properly. But not too much.  Excess iron can build up in tissues like the liver, heart and pancreas, causing damage and possibly organ ...

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Bugs in Your Mouth: Yours Isn’t the Only DNA Floating Around in that Spit Sample

Each of us is made up of about 50 trillion cells, which is pretty mind-blowing until you consider the number of microbial cells living on or in each of us.  It’s estimated that a healthy adult is lugging around 10 times more bugs, most of them bacteria, than human cells. Just as the tiny differences we ...

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