Category: 23andMe and you

Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. This is because most genetic research studies intentionally limit enrollment to a single population — usually northern Europeans — since the analysis is easier to carry out ...

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Did You Know? One in Twelve African Americans has Sickle Cell Trait

Sickle Cell Celebrities A number of famous individuals have suffered from sickle cell anemia including Miles Davis, perhaps the most famous jazz musician to have lived (some consider his platinum-selling album Kind of Blue to be THE jazz album), and Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins, a singer and founder of the ...

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Making Connections with Relative Finder

Not all the discoveries made on 23andMe are quite as profound as Neil Schwartzman finding his half-sister and mother, but even when 23andMe’s Relative Finder links distant cousins together those connections can still be electric. Gerald Lopez, a customer who found a fourth or fifth cousin and information ...

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“When People Share their Genome on Facebook”

Whether they’re over-sharing or taking bold action in the name of science, people who willingly make their genome public are pushing researchers, policy-makers and others to tackle hefty issues with no readymade answers. At Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s second annual “Beyond Sequencing” conference in ...

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Upgrading to the New Chip? What to Expect.

When we announced the release of our newest genotyping platform and offered an extended holiday sale last year, people who had been waiting for an affordable opportunity to get a glimpse of their genomes jumped at the chance. Existing customers also acted on the news, signing up friends and family and even ...

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Health at 23andMe: The Circus of Human Traits

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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Health at 23andMe: When One Size Doesn’t Fit All

“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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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