Author: EmilyC

An Active Participant in Breast Cancer Research and in Life

Editors note June 2013: Suzan "Suzie" Mickey lost her battle with cancer earlier this month. An advocate for better treatments for women with metastatic breast cancer, Suzie inspired many with her attitude. Our condolences go out to her family. Positive, helpful, and upbeat. These aren’t words you would ...

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23andMe Tests For Beta Thalassemia

23andMe now includes Beta Thalassemia as one of our more than 40 reports on inherited genetic conditions. Beta thalassemia is a genetic blood disorder where the body doesn’t produce enough hemoglobin, the molecule that transports oxygen throughout the body and gives red blood cells their color. Lack of ...

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects more men than any other type of cancer -- approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with it.  Although two-thirds of prostate cancers grow slowly and are largely asymptomatic, the remaining third of prostate cancers are aggressive and deadly, killing more men than any other cancer ...

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Ah, Fatherhood — Dirty Diapers, Skinned Knees … and Healthier Hearts?

You claim that Junior is giving you gray hairs, but is he really? In actuality your kids may be adding years to your life -- one recent study suggests that fatherhood may actually reduce a man’s risk of dying from a heart attack. The study, which was conducted last year and led by Michael Eisenberg at ...

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Happy Father’s Day! Celebrate Your DNA From Dad!

There is no one quite like Dad. Dad is the story-book-reader, the scraped-knee-healer, and the piggy-back-ride hero of childhood. And even though no one is exactly like Dad, there is someone who is at least partially like him: you. In addition to the piggy-back rides, your father also gave you half of his ...

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Elephants Are Red, Donkeys Are Blue, Genetics Can Influence Politics, Too

(Editor's note: This post originally ran in June, but we thought it was worth a second look on the eve of the election.) As Americans approach the elections this November, discussions of what influences economic and political preferences will surely flood our television sets and news feeds. Pundits use ...

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The War Waged Within: Autoimmunity in Women

Many autoimmune diseases affect women more frequently than men. The ratio of affected women to affected men are given above for several autoimmune diseases on which 23andMe reports. (Source: American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, Inc.) Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer ...

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Quiz Answers: Heritability Demystified

Last week we quizzed our readers on heritability, a genetics concept that is often misinterpreted. Congratulations to Monica P., the winner of the quiz! She got all the answers correct and will receive an Amazon gift card. Read on for the answers and to learn more about what we can say about nature vs. ...

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SNPWatch: Do These Genes Make My Brain Look Big?

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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Genetic Similarities of Mice and Men

23andMe celebrates genetic diversity but today we’d like to celebrate our genetic similarities -- to other organisms.  You are no rabbit or chicken (or, if you are, you are a truly impressive rabbit or chicken to be reading this blog). Rather, your DNA contains all the instructions for making you human. All ...

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