SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected by the disease. Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are treatments that can slow the progression of ...

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23andMe Sports Injuries Survey: Staying in the Game

Nobody likes that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you watch a young college athlete hit the ground in pain and you wonder if his or her career is over before it even started.  And who can forget how Bo Jackson, Steve Young and Dikembe Mutombo, all superstar professionals, saw their illustrious ...

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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

From alchemists and the Philosopher's Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely.  In recent years, discoveries about the biology of aging have brought us closer to that dream than ever before.  Now 23andMe is asking ...

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SNPwatch: A New Genetic Variant Associated with ALS Risk and Age-of-Onset

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a rare and deadly neurological disorder affecting voluntary muscle movement. It typically claims victims' lives about three years after symptoms begin. In the United States,  the condition is more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, after the Yankees slugger who died ...

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23andMe….and me: Interview with Esther Dyson

Esther Dyson is a Director of 23andMe and an investor in numerous Internet, private aviation, space and health care ventures.  She has also shared her genetic data, medical records and other personal information with the research community and the general public as a research subject for the Personal Genome ...

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SNPwatch: Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? It Depends on What You Eat

We all know people struggling with weight issues. Maybe they’re overweight and can’t seem to lose the pounds no matter what new diet or exercise regime they try. Or, maybe they’re underweight and have a hard time bulking up no matter how many donuts they consume or weights they lift. Clearly, there’s more to ...

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23andMe’s Relative Finder Featured on CNN

With the help of 23andMe and CNN, two distant cousins were brought together to discuss their shared DNA and their shared passion for genealogy. The cousins are 23andMe customers Larry Vick of Florida and Robert Stubbs of Missouri, who discovered that they share a pair of great-great-great-great-great ...

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Mouse Studies Show that Longevity Gene May Play a Role In Maintaining Stem Cells in the Brain

Even if you do everything right – exercise, healthy eating, no smoking-- whether or not you'll make it to the century mark depends to some extent on your genes. One of the important longevity genes seems to be FOXO3A.  It's been linked to lifespan in several experimental animal models. In humans, studies ...

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Remember: Turkey Day is Also National Family Health History Day

Looking for something to talk about between mouthfuls of green bean casserole and cranberry dressing? Instead of discussing the big game or Friday's shopping prospects, U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin would like you to consider chatting up your relatives to learn their medical histories in honor of ...

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