Author: ScottH

New Genetic Associations Found For Allergies and Asthma

Research published online this week in Nature Genetics, has found new genetic associations for asthma and allergies. The study — done by scientists here at 23andMe and researchers at the University of Bristol’s Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) in the UK — is the largest genome-wide ...

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Bug Bite Genetics

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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People Powered Research at 23andMe

There are a lot of reasons why Thelma Ackley signed up for 23andMe — she’s fascinated by her ancestry and she's curious about her health — but the main reason is her husband and her six grandchildren. A few years ago her husband Jim, a former engineer, developed Parkinson’s disease. The neurodegenerative ...

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Genetics, Puberty and African American Girls

Several studies have shown that certain girls, particularly African-American girls, experience puberty earlier than others, but there’s an ongoing debate about what that might mean. There are a number of reasons why some girls begin puberty earlier than others. Girls who are heavier tend to enter puberty ...

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The Smithsonian Opens New Genetics Exhibit

Sixty years after Crick and Watson showed us the double helix structure of DNA, the Smithsonian opens the exhibition “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code,” showing us all how the genetic revolution continues to change our lives, our health and our understanding of the human story. The exhibition — just opened at ...

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23andMe Appoints Andy Page President

Earlier this week 23andMe appointed Andy Page as company president. Andy brings to the job incredible business experience as well as a long history with 23andMe. He has watched the company closely since its founding and he has served on the board of directors since 2012.  During that time Andy has seen ...

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For Your Eyes Only

Genetics plays a big role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), one of the leading causes of vision loss among older Americans. Luckily, there are ways to lower the risk through diet. Recently the National Institutes of Health slightly changed its recommendations regarding a ...

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A Day For Family History And DNA

With participation by 23andMe and the three other major companies involved in DNA testing for ancestry, as well as talks from some of the most respected names in the field, it’s no wonder organizers are predicting the June 6th “Family History and DNA” conference in Burbank will sell out. The event, planned ...

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A Birthday Wish For A Supercentenarian

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers in the United States access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers in the UK and Canada, as well as U.S. customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those ...

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Mother Europe

The story of H is really the story of people in modern Europe. H refers to a maternal lineage — also known as a maternal haplogroup — that originated long ago in the Near East but expanded into Europe with the recession of the last Ice Age. H —with its dozens of subgroups — is the most prevalent haplogroup ...

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