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23andMe Allergy Survey: Nothing to Sneeze At

Spring is about to, well, spring.  And for many of us, that means breaking out the Benadryl® and the tissues as pollen fills the air and our allergies kick in. Allergies are part of the daily lives for one out of four Americans, making allergies more common than heart disease, cancer and diabetes ...

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23andMe Sports Injuries Survey: Staying in the Game

Nobody likes that sick feeling you get in your stomach when you watch a young college athlete hit the ground in pain and you wonder if his or her career is over before it even started.  And who can forget how Bo Jackson, Steve Young and Dikembe Mutombo, all superstar professionals, saw their illustrious ...

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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

From alchemists and the Philosopher's Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely.  In recent years, discoveries about the biology of aging have brought us closer to that dream than ever before.  Now 23andMe is asking ...

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23andWe: The First Annual Update

By Joyce Tung and Amy Kiefer It's been an exciting seven months since we launched 23andWe, the arm of 23andMe that gives people an unprecedented opportunity to collaborate with us on cutting-edge genetic research. Since May, the amount of data we’ve collected has grown at a fast and furious pace. For those ...

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Tackling Tongue-Curling: The Challenge of 23andWe

You may have already read about 23andWe and the ”Power of We” in earlier blog posts. As the research arm of 23andMe, we're hoping 23andWe can produce valuable discoveries about the genetic roots of diseases, conditions and traits that are little-studied due to funding limitations, logistical obstacles or ...

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SNPwatch: MC4R Gene Associated with Body Mass

The Atkins diet, the South Beach diet, the Grapefruit diet, the Cabbage Soup diet – we know all these fad diets have their limits, because ultimately, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories and burn more. But have you ever thought about what controls your appetite? What if your body didn’t ...

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Why Ancestry Makes a Difference

Those of you who have delved into our Gene Journal (now called Health and Traits) feature may have noticed that many of the traits only give genetic data “assuming European ethnicity”. Why is that? It certainly isn’t because people with African or Asian ancestry aren’t susceptible to heart attacks or ...

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