Category: 23andMe Research

SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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GAO Studies Science Non-Scientifically

As we posted here on the Spittoon yesterday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health.” Central to this hearing was an investigation by ...

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Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence: Understanding What Genetic Testing Can (And Can’t) Tell You

Earlier today science writer Ed Yong wrote about his experience with 23andMe over at his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science.  In this piece, he said that his 23andMe results showed that if he procreated with another science writer named Mark Henderson (a joke, as both are male), their child would not have ...

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SNPwatch: Uncertainty Surrounds Longevity GWAS

[Update: This study was formally retracted by Science on July 22, 2011] A genome-wide association study of extreme longevity published last week in the journal Science has been receiving a lot of press attention.  The results are quite extraordinary: the authors identify 70 loci with genome-wide ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Associated with Autoimmune Form of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss many people are unfamiliar with, although the condition affects more than five million people in the United States.  Unlike male (or, more rarely, female) pattern baldness, which is thought to be caused by hormones, alopecia areata results from an autoimmune attack on ...

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SNPwatch: Four More DNA Variations Linked to Testicular Cancer

British researchers have identified four new genetic variants that may influence a male's risk for testicular cancer.  These results, published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, along with variations in three genetic regions previously identified by the same group, are beginning to shed some light on ...

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23andMe Improves Research Consent Process

Today, 23andMe is pleased to announce that we have received institutional review board (IRB) approval for our research protocol and an accompanying revised Consent Document.  This approval reaffirms that all 23andMe research efforts intended for publication protect the interests of our customers.  Our ...

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23andMe and a New Paradigm for Research

As highlighted in Thomas Goetz's new Wired article "Sergey's Search," 23andMe's innovative web-based research platform is pushing Parkinson's disease research ahead at an unprecedented pace.  With our database clocking in at 50,000 genotyped customers—a number that grows everyday—we're poised to make exciting ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.  It is rare in most areas of the world—affecting only about 1 in every 100,000 people—but about 25 times more common in southern China, earning it the name "Cantonese Cancer."  NPC rates are also high in southeastern Asia, ...

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