ASHG Releases Ancestry Testing Statement Emphasizing Interpretation

The American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) has released a statement outlining a set of recommendations for genetic ancestry testing. At a press briefing on Thursday, members of the ASHG Ancestry Testing Task Force Committee discussed two main themes: the need for clear communication about the ...

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My Mind Has Been Blown By Genome Sequencing

When I was 12 years old I did my first Punnett square and decided that genetics was absolutely, most definitely the coolest thing ever. When I was 13 years old they started the Human Genome Project. The task of sequencing all three billion base pairs in a person’s genome was the most enormous project I ...

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ASHG Speakers: People Want Their Genetic Data

The pace of human genetic research shows no signs of slowing. SNP chip technology is allowing researchers to make connections between DNA and disease in ways that were never before possible. Fast, cheap whole genome sequencing, and the avalanche of data it will bring, is just around the corner. And for the ...

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Building Roots from the Ground Up: Genealogy 2.0

Like many Americans, Vincent Vizachero knew only bits and pieces about his family history.  He knew, for instance, that his paternal grandfather emigrated to America from Italy in 1914. But because his grandfather died long before he was born, Vincent did not hear a lot of family stories growing up.  So he ...

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Human Prehistory 101: The Newest Video Series from 23andMe!

When 23andMe launched last November, we set out to make genetics accessible to everyone – not just the experts.  So we created a series of education videos called Genetics 101. These videos educated viewers on the basics of genetics:  What is a gene, what is a SNP, how genes are inherited from generation to ...

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SNPwatch: Study Finds Genetic Links to Brain Aneurysm in Both Japanese and European Populations

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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Gene Links Gout in Humans with Bladder Stones in Dalmatian Dogs

When they eat purines, a class of chemicals that are found in many types of food and most abundant in organ meats and some types of fish and shellfish,, most mammals break them down into a substance called allantoin, which is then excreted. The only exceptions are humans, great apes and Dalmatian dogs, all of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Linked to Common Form of Language Impairment

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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Very Personalized Medicine: Genome Sequencing Reveals Mutations Behind One Woman’s Cancer

Understanding the genetic changes that lead to different cancers is key to more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease. And thanks to the availability of faster, cheaper genome sequencing technologies, researchers are now able to peer more deeply into the DNA of cancer cells than ever ...

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Mom’s Experience Can Affect Your Genes

We all know that what a mother eats, drinks, smokes and does during pregnancy can affect her child’s prenatal development. But can it actually affect the baby’s DNA? Animal studies have shown that transient environmental exposures of a pregnant female can produce “epigenetic” changes in her offspring -- ...

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