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Study Draws Genetic Link Between Gum, Cardiovascular Disease

It has been known for decades that having the gum disease periodontitis increases a person's risk for heart attack (free registration required), stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that the link is due to inflammation in the gums causing an immune reaction throughout the entire ...

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New 23andMe Lab Searches Genome for Native American Ancestry

Every family has its legends. Maybe it's a story about how they're descended from a passenger on the Mayflower, a Confederate soldier or Charlemagne. Of all the classic American family legends, stories of a Native American ancestor are among of the most common. Many times there's a well-documented link ...

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On Our Way to 10,000: 23andMe Welcomes First Members of Parkinson’s Disease Community

We've set out to build the world's largest online PD genetics community, and we're thrilled to report that more than 2,000 people have enrolled since the initiative was launched last month. Owing to tremendous support from The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, their ...

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23andMe Labs Kicks Off With Haplogroup Tree Mutation Mapper

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ offers information about customers' maternal and paternal ancestry by examining their mitochondrial DNA (which we all inherit from our mothers) and the Y chromosome (which is passed by fathers to their sons). Over our species' history new genetic variations have arisen ...

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SNPwatch: New Study Shows When Some Height-Associated Genes Influence Growth

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Second Variant Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Recommended Reading: The 10,000 Year Explosion

Almost since the 1871 publication of "The Descent of Man," in which Charles Darwin applied his theory of natural selection to the human species, biologists have argued over whether the dramatic series of evolutionary events that led to the emergence of Homo sapiens continues to this day. Some have argued ...

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The Most Natural Human Diet: Just About Anything

Generally when you think about what separates humans from other species, features like upright walking, large brains and language come to mind. But diet has actually played an enormous role in human evolution. Today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a panel ...

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23andMe Science Advisor Wins Science Blogging Challenge

Russ Altman We're pleased to announce that 23andMe Science Advisory Board member Russ Altman has won the Nature Network 2008 Science Blogging Challenge for his blog, "Building confidence." Russ was commended for his insights about pharmacogenomics, science funding, the implications of rapidly ...

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Steven Pinker on Personal Genomics

For an insightful and thought-provoking essay on the present and future of personal genomics, as well as the role that 23andMe is playing in its advancement, check out Steven Pinker's essay "My Genome, My Self" in this week's New York Times magazine. Pinker, who is a 23andMe customer himself and also a ...

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