Author: MattC

Three New Surveys from 23andWe Ask New Kinds of Questions

Since 23andWe debuted in May, we've asked our customers about all sorts of things: their hair color, earwax consistency, whether they tend to look on life's bright side. Sometimes people have been surprised to learn that something like your susceptibility to motion sickness — or even which way the hair swirls ...

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SNPwatch: New Obesity SNPs Point to the Brain’s Role in Regulating Appetite

In the current issue of Nature Genetics, two teams of researchers identify nine new genetic locations associated with obesity. Almost all of them are within or close to genes that are expressed in the brain, especially the part that regulates appetite. "This underscores the importance of genes that ...

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Leading Geneticist Spells Out the Promise of Personal Genomics

As the director of Britain's Wellcome Trust Center for Human Genetics, Peter Donnelly oversees research that provides vital raw material for the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ — specifically, correlations between one-letter DNA variations, known as SNPs, and particular diseases. Those correlations are ...

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SNPwatch: Two Vices, One SNP — Drinking and Smoking Behavior Both Linked to Nicotine Receptor Genes

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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New Papers from Nature Genetics Yield a Bounty of Cholesterol SNPs

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: Two More Genes Associated with Height

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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Study of Breast Cancer among Latinas Shows Importance of Ancestry in Disease

People sometimes think of ancestry as the "fun" part of the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™, an intriguing glimpse at the past that is completely unrelated to our more serious Health and Traits features. But a new paper shows how ancestry can actually reveal quite a bit about the genetics of disease. In ...

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Diabetes Risk and Genetics: Keep Getting Those Checkups and Watch Your Weight

Recent genetic discoveries have taught researchers a lot about type 2 diabetes, and identified particular genetic variants that can influence a person's risk of developing the condition. But two studies published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine conclude that genetic information still pales ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Genetically Customized Bone Marrow Transplant May Have Eradicated Patient’s HIV

In a way, organ transplantation is the one branch of medicine that has already been personalized, because doctors must carefully match the immune systems of donor and recipient to prevent rejection. Now transplant physicians in Germany have taken that procedure a step further by engineering not just a ...

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TIME to Thank Our Friends

It was a great honor to learn yesterday that the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ has been named TIME Magazine's 2008 Invention of the Year. Today the Spittoon would like to acknowledge several 23andMe partners who contributed to the innovation behind our service. We'd like to extend our thanks to ...

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