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Citizen Science

Perhaps the stories are so interesting because they seem so improbable — tales of ordinary people faced with devastating genetic diseases grabbing a hold of their destiny, doing their own scientific research and making important discoveries. A recent account featured on This American Life by David Epstein, ...

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Collaboration to Create Better Treatments for Infertility

As part of a collaboration with 23andMe, the personalized medicine company Celmatix is looking to dramatically improve the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Infertility affects a large portion of the population, with an estimated one in eight couples in the United States having difficulty conceiving. ...

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Seeing Double

Twins have long fascinated us as humans, so much so that twin stories are ingrained in the mythology of almost every culture. Beyond folklore, the study of twins has also become bedrock for much of what we know about the genetics of many traits, diseases and other conditions. For scientists, twins offer a ...

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The FDA Wants To Hear Your Opinion

If you have an opinion about genetic testing and the best way to return those results, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to hear it at a daylong workshop scheduled for March 2nd. The meeting offers the FDA a chance to get perspectives from the public and medical professionals on how best to ...

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Smart Talk

Get two smart people in a room and let them talk. That’s the premise for astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show “StarTalk,” and it makes for thought-provoking conversations about science. That’s what Neil got when he sat down with 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki. As part of what Neil is ...

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Rise and Shine

In a new study published today in Nature Communications, 23andMe researchers identified 15 genetic variants associated with being a morning person, including four genetic variants never before connected to sleep cycles, and associations like BMI and depression. “Some circadian rhythm genes we identified ...

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Nobody Knew

Total strangers, John and Rhonda have one thing in common, the same father. The two made that discovery earlier this year after using 23andMe. “Nobody knew about John,” said Rhonda, a 55 year-old marketer in Buffalo New York. For John, recently retired and 67 who also lives in the Buffalo area, DNA ...

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Love and Science

Researchers often say it’s their love of science that drives their work, but for Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh it’s their love that propels the science. The married couple — both are researchers at the Broad Institute and are completing their doctorates at Harvard Medical School — helped to co-author a ...

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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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