23andMe Welcomes Continued Dialogue with Regulators

By 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki. 23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey. Personal genomics is an emerging field, and we were aware, when we first started the company, that we would challenge some of the existing precepts about how, and why, people might choose to access their genetic information. ...

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Researchers Find Biological Basis For Crohn’s Association

Just about every week a new genome-wide association study links common variations in the genome to some disease. But only rarely do the authors of these studies have more than a guess of why these SNPs are associated with a particular condition. On Sunday in the online edition of Nature Genetics, ...

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23andMe at CSB

23andMe (in the form of Serge Saxonov and me, Brian Naughton) will be at the 7th Annual International Conference on Computational Systems Bioinformatics at Stanford this Tuesday. We will be giving a tutorial on some of the more technical and scientific aspects of 23andme's service. It's not all glitz and ...

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Patients are Consumers: Esther Dyson on the Evolution of Health Care IT

As science types, we're often mystified — and maybe just a little exasperated — by the details of health care policy. But 23andMe director Esther Dyson has a very interesting post on the blog of the policy journal Health Affairs that we recommend. It's very interesting to hear what Esther, a person who ...

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Is That a Peacock Feather under your Coat … Or are You Just Happy to See Me?

An animal's ability to survive often depends on how well it can avoid predators.  Many species of fish, birds, and mammals have evolved ingenious methods of staying hidden from predators by blending into the background in one form or another.  But what about animals that do the opposite?  How and why would ...

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SNPwatch: Focusing on a Gene Variant that Might Help Counter Cigarette Cravings

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States — every year it kills nearly 440,000 Americans. While about 70 percent of the 45 million Americans who currently smoke have said they want to quit, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that only about 10 percent ...

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The Rest of the Iceberg

In a recent post we used an analysis of Craig Venter’s genome to illustrate how much has yet to be learned about the relationship between genetic variation and health-related traits. A new paper by Venter and colleagues at his Rockville, Maryland-based institute provides a prime example. Writing in the ...

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Defrosted Disappointment

Despite CNET's assertion last week that Bigfoot couldn't possibly be a hoax because people always bring their A game to Palo Alto, the carcass in the ice has turned out to be a rubber gorilla suit. And the freezer wasn't that big either. Sorry, Bigfoot believers, this means the DNA evidence presented at ...

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Genes and Languages: Not So Strange Bedfellows?

Throughout the history of our species there has been one constant:  movement.  Since the origin of Homo sapiens nearly 200,000 years ago in East Africa, humans have journeyed around the globe, ultimately inhabiting every continent save Antarctica.Scientists have traditionally used archaeology, and more ...

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SNPwatch: SNPs in Ion Channel Genes are Associated with Type 2 Diabetes and Bipolar Disorder

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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