“Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.” That statement used to be a popular way to characterize the practice of medicine, back in the golden age of pharmaceuticals when drugs were seen as the answer to all problems. These days, we know that the picture is more complicated -- some conditions remain [...]
December 14, 2010
Health at 23andMe: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All
December 10, 2010
23andWe Research Update: Something Old and Something New
One of 23andMe’s core missions is to accelerate the pace of scientific research and contribute to our understanding of the genetic basis of human health and traits. Central to this mission is our growing database of genotyped customers who have consented to allow us to incorporate their genetic data and [...]
December 7, 2010
Health at 23andMe: What’s Your Status?
While many health conditions are complex and influenced by a combination of genetic and non-genetic factors, others follow a much simpler pattern where disruptions (or “mutations”) in a single gene can directly cause disease. These diseases are often referred to as Mendelian diseases, named after the monk [...]
December 3, 2010
Health at 23andMe: Anatomy of a 4-Star Disease Risk Report
Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, multiple sclerosis -- out of the nearly 200 reports 23andMe currently offers covering common and complex diseases, there are at least a few you have heard of. This familiarity is part of the reason why the Disease Risk reports are one of 23andMe’s most talked-about features. [...]
December 1, 2010
Health at 23andMe: Navigating Your Health Results
Unless you have a specific health topic in mind, you’ll most likely want to begin by browsing your health results to see what your genetics say about you. Your gateway to all things Health at 23andMe is the Health Overview which highlights some of the interesting results in each of four categories: Disease [...]
November 30, 2010
Holiday Sale Extended Through Christmas!
The holidays just got a bit happier. Our holiday sale price of $99 plus a 12-month subscription to our Personal Genome Service for just $5 per month will now be available through Christmas day (12/25/2010). Be sure to place your order by Wednesday, December 15th if you want to receive your DNA testing kits in [...]
November 26, 2010
Happy Holidays — We’re Having a Huge Sale!
This should make you feel a little more festive. We are offering our DNA testing for only $99! Taking advantage of this great price requires a 12-month subscription to our Personal Genome Service™ for just an additional $5 per month. This $99 deal is only available for 96 hours so be sure to make your [...]
November 22, 2010
SNPwatch: Common Genetic Variant Linked to Chronic Pain
If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, given yourself a paper cut, or burned yourself on a hot stove, you’re very familiar with the intense -- but temporary -- feelings of acute pain. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can persist for years, usually precipitated by a significant injury. Older people and those with [...]
November 18, 2010
Health at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?
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 [...]
November 11, 2010
Family History and Personal Genetic Risk Assessments: A Perspective on the Cleveland Clinic Study
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by David Hinds A small study conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic and reported at last week's American Society of Human Genetics annual meeting found that family health history (FH) often gave different assessments of cancer risk than SNP-based personal genomic (PG) risk assessments obtained [...]