Author: ScottH

Highlighting 23andMe Research

Team 23andMe will again have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics. We’ve been at this gathering of geneticists and those interested in human genetics ever since 23andMe launched, but this year with the 62nd annual meeting being held in San Francisco — sort of ...

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A Milestone in Sarcoma Research

Each person who has joined 23andMe’s Sarcoma research community has their own reasons for participating, but they all share the same hopes that we have — to find the causes for sarcoma and new treatments for this rare cancer. Earlier this month, 23andMe took an important step in that direction when we ...

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Finding Family Redux

We’ve written about Neil Schwartzman and Jolie Pearl, brother and sister who found one another through 23andMe, but we never tire of their story. CBS This Morning aired a piece about DNA testing featuring the pair and how Neil, who was adopted a few days after he was born, found not just his sister, but his ...

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Preventing a Disease Lurking in Her Genome

July is National Hemochromatosis Month, and 23andMe will be highlighting stories and research related to this genetic disease that can quietly lead to iron overload ultimately causing damage to the liver, kidney, heart and other organs. Triathlete and research scientist Shauna Dudley says her tastes are ...

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23andMe’s Parkinson’s Community is Almost There

23andMe's Emily Drabant, PhD, speaking at a Parkinson's event in Iowa. 23andMe is tantalizingly close to reaching the goal of enrolling 10,000 patients in our Parkinson’s research community. We’re past the 8,000 mark and the pace of enrollment is now more than two-and-a-half times what was a year ago, but ...

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Leveraging The Direct-to-Patient Research Model in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a unit of Janssen Research & Development, LLC, is sponsoring a study in rheumatoid arthritis patients that will be conducted by MediGuard.org (a subsidiary of Quintiles) and 23andMe. The study, called TogetherRA, will enroll approximately 1,000 patients who are currently ...

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Battling Against A Common Genetic Disease

It’s the most common genetic disorder in the United States, but Milo Sharp had never heard of it before. The disorder, hemochromatosis, causes iron overload. Undiagnosed it can lead to a build up of iron in the body, particularly in the liver. This, in turn, can lead to serious health problems. In the ...

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Independence DNA

Editor's note: When we first ran this post it garnered a lot of interest from our customers, so we decided that for July 4th we'd run it again. Through the magic of the Internet you can now examine the yellowing letters of Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin’s first ideas for a colonial confederation in ...

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The Most Common Genetic Disease

Simply giving blood is one of the best ways to treat iron overload. It’s the most common genetic disease you never heard of.  Hemochromatosis, sometimes called the “Celtic Curse,” affects an estimated one in every 300 Americans, but many who have it have no idea they do. July is National Hemochromatosis ...

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Health Care Costs and Reform

(Editors note: Dan Vorhaus pointed out an error in an earlier version of this introduction concerning the SCOTUS blog. We've corrected the error. Thanks Dan.) In light of the Supreme Court’s ruling this week largely upholding the health care reform law, we’re reposting a story we did back in March. If you ...

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