Author: Shwu

Ethnicity Matters in Research: A Case Study in Prostate Cancer

By Angela Liu and Shirley Wu Nearly one in six men in the United States develops prostate cancer. This sobering statistic has spurred tremendous advances in research over the years, such that prostate cancer is now one of the most treatable and survivable cancers. But there is still much we don’t know ...

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23andMe Hosting One-of-a-Kind Sarcoma Community Night

Are you a sarcoma patient or survivor? Do you treat sarcoma patients? Maybe you know or care for someone suffering from this rare form of cancer. If sarcoma has touched your life, we invite you to join us for 23andMe’s Sarcoma Community Night on Tuesday, June 28, to connect to, learn from, and share with ...

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Take a Hike… for Parkinson’s Awareness

It’s easy to talk the talk for disease awareness, but now you can walk the walk -- literally! On April 16th, the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego (PASD) and the Parkinson’s Unity Walk (PUW) will be hosting two different walks on either side of the country. The goals of each walk are the same: to raise ...

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23andMe is Celebrating DNA Day a Little Early With a Sale!

Although DNA Day is officially April 15th, we at 23andMe just couldn’t wait that long. So we’re celebrating early with a big sale! For a limited time, you can order the 23andMe Personal Genome Service® for $0 up front, plus a 12-month subscription commitment at $9/month. This is down from an upfront ...

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23andMe Discovers 24th Chromosome, Changes Name to 24andMe

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- April 1, 2011 -- Something just wasn't right. For months, the scientists at the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company puzzled over anomalies in the customer data they were analyzing as part of their ongoing research efforts. None of the usual statistical or methodological ...

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Scientists Score a Breakthrough with Parkinson’s in a Petri Dish

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a relatively rare but devastating condition affecting 1-2% of Americans. Although some risk factors are known -- including genetic variants that predispose to the condition -- its exact causes and mechanisms remain a mystery, and development of treatments has been slow. 23andMe ...

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An Update On Our Parkinson’s Research Community

At 23andMe, we are committed to advancing understanding of human health and disease, and to giving everyone an opportunity to participate in scientific research that is meaningful for them. We launched our first research community focused on Parkinson's disease in 2009 with those goals in mind. Less than two ...

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March is Kidney Awareness Month!

This month, take a few minutes to appreciate your kidneys. These workhorses filter wastes, toxins and excess fluids from the blood, regulate the balance of ions and other chemicals in your body, and release hormones important for blood production, blood pressure regulation, and calcium balance. Given all ...

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Stuttering in the Spotlight

Many films have portrayed characters who stutter, but stuttering itself has rarely been the subject of a popular movie. That all changed with The King’s Speech, which made headlines last weekend at the 83rd annual Academy Awards and swept four of the most coveted award categories (Best Picture, Best Director, ...

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When Rare is Not Rare: Help Fight Rare Disease, Today and Everyday

Most people have never heard of osteochondrodysplasia, glycogen storage disease, or a thousand other conditions with names we may or may not be able to pronounce. Individually, each of these diseases is extremely rare. Some, like medium chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency, may affect about one person in ...

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