Author: EmilyC

DNA Day: Educate and Celebrate

  We at 23andMe have a special place in our hearts for today, National DNA Day. There are many ways to celebrate this special science holiday, ranging from making DNA-themed bracelets to constructing helical origami, but we think one of the best ways is to learn something new about DNA and, in the ...

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Gene Fusions Point to a New Type of Sarcoma

The term “sarcoma” encompasses over a hundred forms of rare cancers, and the cause behind many of these forms is unknown. Ewing sarcoma, however, is one sarcoma for which the biology is relatively well understood.  This form is caused by a gene fusion -- a DNA rearrangement resulting in two genes being fused ...

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How Did the Shar-Pei Get His Wrinkly Skin?

March 23rd is National Puppy Day! How did the Shar-Pei get his wrinkly skin? The question sounds like the beginning of one of Kipling’s “Just So” stories, but this and other questions were the subject of a recent genetics study. What gives some breeds their Lilliputian legs and others their lengthy limbs? ...

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SNPWatch: A First For Ewing Sarcoma

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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Hope in a Pill: New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis Approved

The realization of a long-awaited hope arrived this past month for many families in the form of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common recessively inherited diseases, affecting about 30,000 people in the United States. There are at least 500 mutations in a gene ...

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What Does Your Doctor Know About Genetic Testing For Drug Response?

Your doctor, undoubtedly, knows quite a lot.  She went through four grueling years of medical school, passed a rigorous set of board exams, and completed at least one intensive residency in her speciality.   What may surprise you, however, is that she may not know very much about pharmacogenetics, the study ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Linked to Male Infertility in Asians

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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The Debate Over Clopidogrel Continues

In December a new study created quite a stir in the already-volatile clopidogrel research community. Clopidogrel (trade names Plavix®) is a commonly prescribed anti-clotting drug. It is inactive in the body until a protein encoded by the gene CYP2C19 converts the drug to its active form. Some people are able ...

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Father Knows Best

My parents aren’t world-class athletes, but in the summer of 2009 they both competed in the Senior Olympics. They were representing their home state of Wyoming, where people — much less senior athletes — are few and far between. It was at the Senior Olympics that my parents first encountered 23andMe. The ...

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This is Your Brain on Retrotransposons

From your toenails to your hair follicles, every cell in your body contains genetic information. Furthermore, each cell (except sperm and egg cells) contains the same genetic information as every other cell in your body. This all-cells-are-created-equal premise, however, is an oversimplification of reality. ...

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