SNPwatch: Genetic Link Between Obesity and Colorectal Cancer

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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Polygamous Footprints in Our Genes

The practice of monogamy – the most popular mating practice on the planet today – is nothing new. In fact, anthropologists have found evidence of monogamous relationships in Homo erectus, a human ancestor that lived nearly 2 million years ago. But the alternative to monogamy – polygamy – though not nearly ...

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Biotech Company Applies for FDA Permission to Market Gene-Targeted Heart Failure Drug

Researchers are sometimes frustrated when a prospective drug proves effective in some patients, but not enough to justify giving it to everyone who has the condition it is intended to treat. The beta-blocker drug bucindolol met that fate in 2001 when it was originally tested as a treatment for heart ...

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What it Means to be Human

What is it about humans that distinguishes us from the rest of the animal kingdom?  Is it our upright walking?  Our language?  Our love of Reality TV?  Even though we are said to be 99% genetically identical to our closest evolutionary relative, the chimpanzee, we clearly differ vastly from them physically ...

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Google Co-Founder Blogs About 23andMe Data, Parkinson’s Risk

Already well-known for expanding technological frontiers, Google co-founder Sergey Brin is now pushing the boundaries of personal genomics with a remarkable post on his new personal blog, TOO. In the post, Brin shares information from his 23andMe account that indicates he is at substantially increased risk ...

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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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