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Reflux Revisited

A recently published study by scientists at Australia’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute could have a significant impact on the study of esophageal adenocarcinoma, a rare but lethal form of cancer. Along with esophageal cancer, the study looked at two other conditions that often are overlapping or ...

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Sisters Connecting After 50 Years

Abandoned as an infant in a Minneapolis laundry room almost 50 years ago, Liz Kellner used 23andMe to help her piece together the story of her birth. In the process, she was able to connect with a biological sister, Tammy, who like her had been abandoned as an infant; the sisters have pieced together their ...

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Needed Diversity in Research

It’s been a perennial problem —biomedical research that largely leaves behind women and people with non-European ancestry. A newly published study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco found that despite efforts to recruit in under represented communities in the United States there ...

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The New 23andMe Experience: A Look at Our Trait Reports

The new customer experience at 23andMe is about more than just our new look; it's also about new features. Among those new features are our new Trait Reports. These reports can be a fun way to learn how your genetics influence such things as the color of your eyes, whether you’ve got dimples, and if you ...

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Long Overdue Recognition

If you don’t know who Evelyn Witkins is perhaps you should. A legendary figure in genetic science, the 94 year-old professor emerita at Rutgers University was awarded in September a Lasker Prize for Basic Medical Research, sometimes referred to as “America’s Nobel.” We here at the blog neglected to ...

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This Year’s Top Ten Stories in Genetics

Starting in January with the launch of the ambitious Precision Medicine Initiative in the United States, 2015 finished with a heated debate around the appropriate use of technology that allows scientists to edit the human genome. Those two big stories bookended the year showing both the promise and peril of ...

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A Most Amazing Gift

When Kelle Scott connected with some distant cousins on 23andMe she didn’t realize she’d also stumbled on the perfect gift for her mom — family. Kelle’s mom, Pat Nosko, was adopted, and never knew her biological parents. Kelle had originally used 23andMe just to find out a little bit about her ...

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New Research Published On Hernias

A new study has identified four locations in the genome associated with a risk for the most common type of hernia, offering researchers insight into the possible genetic mechanisms that make some people more likely than others to develop this painful condition. “Surgical repair of inguinal hernias is one ...

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Happy Holidays

Editor's note: Recently researchers at UC Davis sequenced the California sugar pine, which is endangered. A few years back they had done the same for the Douglas fir, and we wrote about it. We thought it worthwhile to run again for the holidays. Cheers! If you could just get your Christmas tree to spit ...

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