Author: ScottH

23andMe Studies the Genetics of Sexual Orientation

(Editor's note: Here's a link to Emily's poster presented at ASHG.) Earlier this year 23andMe began surveying its customers to study the genetics of sexual orientation. It is now the largest genome-wide association study of sexual orientation ever done. While our researchers have a strong scientific ...

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23andMe Presents Latest Research at ASHG

(Editor's note: Here's a link to a post with the links to all the poster presentations given by 23andMe scientists at 23andMe.) Here we come. Starting today a contingent of 23andMe’s scientists and researchers will be at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Francisco. ...

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Using 23andMe to Make Connections

We plead guilty to occasionally geeking out on genetics, so it’s nice to see when someone else does it too. In September, Moment Magazine got all nerdy and wrote about their Great DNA Experiment, in which they look at the 23andMe results of 15 notable Americans of Jewish ancestry and make some interesting ...

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23 A Go-Go

(Editor's note: We've heard from some of you about issues with the new app. We're addressing many of those now. For updates and more information go here. Thanks.) Because we know your genes are made for walking, we’ve added a new 23andMe mobile app. Available as a download on Apple’s iTunes App Store ...

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A Genetic Variant Protective Against Alzheimer’s

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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23andMe Supports Better Access to Health Records

The Genetic Alliance, a nonprofit health advocacy organization, is asking for support to expand people’s right to their own health information by giving them direct access to their clinical laboratory test results. 23andMe supports this position and several of our employees are signing-on to a letter the ...

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Few Worries About Genetic Testing

A common refrain for critics of direct to consumer genetic testing is that the tests could cause unnecessary worry. Those critics believe that for some tests the results shouldn’t go directly to a consumer and instead be delivered by a doctor or genetic counselor. We believe that a person shouldn’t have to ...

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23andMe Goes to Washington

As we near our goal of enrolling 10,000 patients in 23andMe’s Parkinson’s research community, we are ever more eager to share what we are doing. Last month our CEO, Anne Wojcicki, along with our Parkinson’s research manager Emily Drabant, went to Washington D.C with two friends of 23andMe — Maryum Ali, a ...

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Using Genetics and Family History for Health

For decades, a patient’s family health history has been a keystone to any wellness plan. A simple record of medical conditions your siblings, your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents struggled with can help you and your doctor know what to watch for to keep you healthy. Like family health histories, ...

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More On 23andMe’s Neanderthal Lab

Not everyone would embrace their inner caveman, but in today’s Slate Ann Gibbons sure did. Gibbons, who also writes for Science, is the author of the book The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors. Over almost two decades, she’s delved into the discoveries around human evolution. In ...

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