Author: LindaA

Introducing a Do-It-Yourself Revolution in Disease Research

There's a high likelihood that a disease of some sort affects you or one of your relatives — every family seems to have ripples in its gene pool that define and shape its health dynamics. Your family might have a propensity for rheumatoid arthritis or a particular type of cancer. Whatever it is, there can ...

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It’s Your Data … Shouldn’t You Have Access To It?

Each one of us carries in our cells the vital genetic data, compliments of our parents, that code for many of our traits and attributes.  Whether it's our eye color, height or the ability to consume dairy products, the variations in our genes contribute to making us 'one of a kind'.  Unfortunately, these ...

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23andMe Launches Pregnancy Community

By 23andMe Co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki Every year, 130 million babies are born around the world. Yet little is known about why some women sail through their pregnancies, while others encounter issues such as infertility, miscarriage, pre-term labor, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. ...

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A New Approach to Research: The 23andMe Parkinson’s Disease Initiative

By 23andMe Co-Founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki We started 23andMe with a simple, yet expansive, vision: to take DNA into the mainstream.  In order to demystify genetics, we thought the best approach was to give individuals access to their genomes and help them gain personalized insight into their own ...

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23andMe Welcomes Continued Dialogue with Regulators

By 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki. 23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey. Personal genomics is an emerging field, and we were aware, when we first started the company, that we would challenge some of the existing precepts about how, and why, people might choose to access their genetic information. ...

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The Path to Personalized Healthcare in Step with Regulatory Oversight

The California Department of Public Health has made headlines in the past few weeks with its effort to rein in direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. We were one of 13 companies who received a cease-and-desist letter from the department, to which we’ve responded (more on that here). We agree that ...

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23andMe 101

By 23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey Over the past several months the press has reported a steady stream of breakthroughs in genetics. In what the New York Times has called “a continuing wave of discoveries about the genes underlying common diseases,” studies have found genetic links to breast cancer, ...

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