Author: ScottH

Listening to Leroy Hood

When Dr. Leroy Hood talks there’s a reason a lot of people in the fields of medicine, biology and genetics listen. Beyond his pioneering work in developing automated gene sequencing, Hood helped found companies as diverse as Amgen and Applied Biosystems; he is one of only about a dozen people who belong to ...

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The Power of Predictive Care

You are unique, but sometimes when you see your doctor you don’t feel you’re being treated that way. The promise of personalized medicine is that what makes you, you, can also be used to tailor the health care plan that is most effective for you. This is already happening, in part, because of the work ...

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Support Your Right to Access Your Clinical Lab Results

Giving people access to their genetic information is what we are about at 23andMe. We believe that it is not just a fundamental right, but, as with access to all of your health records, it is vital to making informed decisions about your wellbeing. That is why 23andMe is so encouraged by statements coming ...

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A Prescription for Personalizing Medicine

While a lot of the discussion about personalized medicine is focused on the future, Felix Frueh of Medco Health Solutions believes the most promising possibilities for individualized care could be implemented right now. Knowing a person’s underlying genetics with currently available tests could make ...

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What European DNA Can Say About Ancestry, Disease Risk, and Cultural Traits

All the drama in the European Union right now — the debt crisis, the North-South divide and the kvetching over the wisdom of a common currency — has reignited talk about the cultural divide between people on the continent. But is the divide more than a political and cultural one? Is there a deeper ...

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23andMe Scientists Head to Montreal for ICHG/ASHG, Eh

The joint 12th International Congress of Human Genetics and 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics held this week in Montreal is expected to draw more than 7,000 attendees over five days. Joining the throng will be about a dozen scientists from 23andMe. We’ll be there presenting a ...

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Lone Frank’s “Beautiful Genome”

Lone Frank, the award-winning Danish science writer, claims to be shy, but I don’t believe her. There’s nothing reserved about exposing yourself as she’s done in her entertaining and enlightening new book My Beautiful Genome: Discovering Our Genetic Future One Quirk at a Time. (Oneworld Publications, ...

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Our Hidden African Ancestry

Update: A post at the blog Your Genetic Genealogist just went up with a very similar story to mine. Check it out.   It was just a few thin green segments on my fourth and seventh chromosomes that sent me searching. I wanted to know more about my family history. I pestered my mom with questions ...

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23andMe Traces Two Women’s Ancestry on Anderson Cooper’s New Show

More than two decades ago, on opposite sides of the country, two babies were cast away with slim chances of surviving. “Miraculous Mary,” as she was called then, was found along a California highway wrapped in a towel and stuffed into a brown paper bag, while “Baby Jane Doe” was found in a box with the trash ...

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McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

Even though they aren't self-lacing and don't come with a hoverboard, the limited-production Nike Mags — Marty McFly’s fly shoes from the 1989 movie Back to the Future II — are still flying off the shelves as part of the company’s effort to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since September 8th ...

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