Turning Research Participants Into Research Partners

Every year more than two million Americans take part in clinical trials. Many may not realize when they sign up that there is no requirement for the investigators running the trial to ever tell them the results. The same goes for many genetic studies. In fact, there is often a specific prohibition ...

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SNPwatch: New Obesity SNPs Point to the Brain’s Role in Regulating Appetite

In the current issue of Nature Genetics, two teams of researchers identify nine new genetic locations associated with obesity. Almost all of them are within or close to genes that are expressed in the brain, especially the part that regulates appetite. "This underscores the importance of genes that ...

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Study of Common Variants Finds Rare Mutation With Implications For Heart Disease Prevention

Genome-wide association studies, the research projects that connect SNPs to different traits and conditions (and fuel much of the 23andMe Health and Traits feature), focus on fairly common genetic variations that generally have small effects on risk. But critics of this type of research charge that ...

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SNPwatch: Type 1 Diabetes and Celiac Disease Share Some Genetic Risk Factors

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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Leading Geneticist Spells Out the Promise of Personal Genomics

As the director of Britain's Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics, Peter Donnelly oversees research that provides vital raw material for the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ — specifically, correlations between one-letter DNA variations, known as SNPs, and particular diseases. Those correlations are ...

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SNPwatch: Gene Variant Linked to Obesity Affects Food Choices in Children

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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Where Today Meets Yesterday: A New Approach to Studying the Genetic History of Southeast Asia

Archaeologists rarely agree on anything.  So it's no surprise that for years two groups of scholars have drawn completely opposite conclusions about the relationship between the ancient people of Thailand and China. Some experts argue that, thousands of years ago, people from Thailand migrated into East ...

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SNPwatch: Two Vices, One SNP — Drinking and Smoking Behavior Both Linked to Nicotine Receptor Genes

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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New Papers from Nature Genetics Yield a Bounty of Cholesterol SNPs

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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An Unexpected Result: Genetics Sheds Light on the Spanish Inquisition

With the return of Christian rule to Spain in 1492 after nearly 800 years of Muslim rule, hundreds of thousands of people — both Muslim and Jewish — were faced with the choice of exile, conversion or occasionally even death. Historical accounts estimate that nearly 400,000 Jews and Muslims were expelled from ...

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