Author: ScottH

Planning for Wellness With 23andMe

After spending 15 years as a primary care physician, Dr. Mark Costa wanted a better way to practice medicine, one that gave him more time with each of his patients. So the Boston area physician and his wife, Marilyn Chown, a medical researcher and nurse, opened a small medical practice of their own. The ...

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Sisters Connect with 23andMe

Greta had given up on ever finding her mother. From her adoption papers she had a name, Carolyn Palmer, but decades of searching never got her any closer to finding the woman who gave birth to her, or any other blood relative for that matter. “My missing family history amounted to a million missing ...

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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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23andMe’s Health Content Scientists

You might know them as bloggers, but several of our main contributors are Health Content Scientists here at 23andMe. Their day-to-day work touches on nearly every aspect of what 23andMe does. While they do a lot, their main job is finding the most important, scientifically valid and actionable genetic ...

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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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