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New Study Helps Explain Alzheimer’s Genetic Risk

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist A report published this month in the journal Nature describes a breakthrough in scientists' understanding of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers from Columbia University dissected the relationship between a genetic risk factor in the APOE gene and the formation of protein ...

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SNPWatch: A tale of two fingers

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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What Patients Say Works for Vulvodynia

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Nearly two years ago, CureTogether released a list of the top patient-rated treatments for vulvodynia, a common form of female reproductive pain that makes regular ...

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Behind the Scenes at the Lab

Curiosity. The desire to be informed and healthier. The need to know ourselves and our histories better. Whatever your reason is for joining 23andMe, we make it pretty simple. Order a kit, create an account, spit in a tube, and mail it back. In just a few weeks, you log on to the website and learn what your ...

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Craving Coffee Might be Genetic

By Amick B. There are many studies that look at the health impacts of drinking coffee, but you’d be forgiven if you weren’t clear about whether it’s good for you. Research has found consuming coffee could potentially prevent heart disease, type-2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer, but the ...

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Getting Long in the Telomeres

Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist Barring injury, disease or capture, some scientists believe that a lobster could live virtually forever. They are amongst a select group of animals, including tortoises, clams and jellyfish, that are "negligibly senescent." They don't age much. So why aren't we ...

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DNA Melody, Play it Again

Mark Ackerley speaking about DNA Melody at the Cleveland Clinic's Personal Healthcare Summit. Mark Ackerley, a composer and a member of 23andMe's marketing team, recently spoke at a personalized medicine conference about his creation, DNA Melody. While there, a string quartet performed a composition he wrote ...

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Mutiny (and Headaches) on the Bounty

By Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist at 23andMe Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. In January of 1790, a small band of mutineers from the HMS Bounty evaded capture by the British Navy and settled Pitcairn Island in the South Pacific. The direct descendants of this crew (and their captive Tahitian ...

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Talking About Breast Cancer Risk

Angelina Jolie’s revelation in the New York Times today that she had a double mastectomy after learning about her genetic risk for breast cancer focused attention on the difficult dilemma faced by many women in similar circumstances. Jolie said she decided to write about her case to help other women. "I ...

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What Patients Say Works for Anxiety

For the live-updated, fully-labelled, interactive version of this graphic, click here. By Alexandra Carmichael, Co-Founder of CureTogether Anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 18 percent of the U.S. population. According to a new study by CureTogether, the most effective ...

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