Iceland’s Deadly Disease Mystery

For the past 100 years, there has been a mysterious disease afflicting Icelanders. Called Hereditary Cystatin C Amyloid Angiopathy (or HCCAA), it causes severe brain hemorrhages and dementia in young adults. For those individuals who have the disease, life expectancy is usually no higher than 30 years. ...

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A Genetic Look at “Guns, Germs and Steel”

What can we learn from studying how variations of human genes are spread out around the world? A lot, said population geneticist and Harvard junior fellow Sohini Ramachandran, who spoke at 23andMe this week. Ramachandran focused on how genes spread from one continent to another, and how they vary within ...

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Haplogroups of the Rich and Famous

Jesse James One of the most engaging features of 23andMe’s Personal Genome Service is a customer’s ability to trace his or her genetic ancestry using the mitochondrial DNA and the Y-chromosome. Once customers learn their own ancestry, the Genome Sharing feature allows them to see how they compare with ...

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A Beautiful Ancestry Painting

Roy King is a clinical psychiatrist at Stanford University. He’s also a scholar who uses genetics and archaeology to figure out how agriculture spread through Anatolia and the Mediterranean region of Europe more than 10,000 years ago. Now Roy has another genetic puzzle to consider – himself. With the help ...

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Three Sequencing Companies to Help with 1000 Genomes Project

The 1000 Genomes Project, an ambitious international research project to completely sequence the genomes of 1,000 people from all over the world in three years, announced this week that it will be getting help from three companies in the form of new sequencing technology.   "It is a win-win ...

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SNPwatch: A Genetic Association with Knee Osteoarthritis

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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SNPwatch: SNP May Be Related to Alzheimer’s Progression

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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23andMe Science Advisors Honored with Howard Hughes Grants

Jonathan Pritchard Congratulations to 23andMe's scientific advisors Michael Eisen and Jonathan K. Pritchard, part of the latest class of Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. Eisen and Pritchard were selected along with 54 others from over 1,000 applicants vying for this year's HHMI research ...

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Help Wanted: 23andMe Needs an Editur

If you could only do one thing to this sentence, what would it be? Can you explain why there's no gene for Crohn's disease? If you know the answers to these questions, we want you to know this: 23andMe is looking to hire an editor who is adept with scientific copy and concepts. The Science Editor will ...

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SNPwatch: Gene Variant May Be a Strong Predictive Factor in Breast Cancer Treatment and Survival

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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