New Study Looks at Progress and Potential for Genomic Medicine in Developing Nations

A special supplement to Nature Reviews Genetics, published online today, details how four countries with emerging economies – Mexico, India, Thailand and South Africa – are taking steps to build capacity for studies of human genomic variation and its applications to healthcare. Following completion of the ...

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Surgeon General Issues Call to Action on VTE: 23andMe Assesses Genetic Risk for Customers

This Monday acting Surgeon General Steven K. Galson issued a Call to Action to reduce the number of people in the United States affected by two serious blood clotting conditions: deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), sometimes called “economy class syndrome” is the ...

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The Importance of Family Health History

I’m a bad patient. Every time I go to a doctor she asks, “Do you have a family history of any diseases?” I’m ashamed to say that my answer is always “I don’t think so.” Your family health history is a powerful tool for your doctor; it can help him or her make vital screening and treatment decisions. ...

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Sharing is Good

23andMe is all about empowering you to really get to know your own DNA. But we also have tools that let you share and compare your data with family and friends. All you need to do to share your genome with another person is send an invitation from the Genome Sharing page of your account. You’ll need a ...

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23andMe Struts its Stuff in NYC During Fashion Week

This is Fashion Week in New York City, a twice-yearly spectacle where designers, models, celebrities and the merely style-obsessed meet to consider next season's top looks. 23andMe managed to lure a few hundred people away from the catwalks Tuesday night to consider the beauty that lies within — DNA. Our ...

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BEER! Now that we have your attention, a little science…

Just four simple ingredients -- water, malt, hops, and yeast – go into making beer, a delicious and intoxicating brew that has been enjoyed for the past 6000 years. The yeast not only ferments sugars into alcohol, but also affects the appearance, aroma and taste of a beer. It’s not surprising then that ...

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23andMe Democratizes Personal Genomics With New Analytical Platform

By 23andMe Co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki 23andMe is proud to announce a major step toward our goal of democratizing genetic information by giving our customers access to even more of their SNP data through our next generation custom content, all at a lower price. With the introduction of v2, ...

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It’s Not Genes or Environment, It’s Genes AND Environment

A good diet and plenty of exercise are important for maintaining a healthy weight, but they’re not the whole story. Studies have shown that there’s a substantial genetic component to body mass index. Research published today in Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates, however, that in people with a ...

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More than Just a Parable: The Genetic History of the Samaritans

Upon hearing the name "Samaritans," many people are immediately reminded of the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke (10: 25-37), the so called ‘Good Samaritan’ parable. Jesus tells of a Levite (a Jew) who is beaten and left on the side of the road. None who pass by the injured man stop to help, save a ...

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Recommended Reading: Mapping Human History

For more than a century anthropologists have studied the multitude of cultures and ethnicities that exist across the globe, delving deep into the various ways that populations develop their own unique identities. With the development of genetic anthropology over the last 15 years, scientists have begun to ...

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