Category: 23andMe Research

23andMe Scientists Share Novel Findings From Our Research Platform at ICHG/ASHG 2011

Attending ICHG/ASHG? Don't forget to come to Les 3 Brasseurs tonight for a chance to win an exome (and drinks on us)! In our last post, we announced four of the posters 23andMe scientists will be presenting in Montreal this week describing characteristics of our database and research platform. With the help ...

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23andMe Scientists Head to Montreal for ICHG/ASHG, Eh

The joint 12th International Congress of Human Genetics and 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics held this week in Montreal is expected to draw more than 7,000 attendees over five days. Joining the throng will be about a dozen scientists from 23andMe. We’ll be there presenting a ...

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“50/50” Shows Us the Human Side of Cancer

With Kim Barnholt From the minute it became clear that Adam had cancer, he became a statistic, a diagnosis, a “case study”. One of the statistics he made sure to read up on were his chances of surviving. The odds -- 50/50 -- didn’t seem fair in the context of his life, but his friend Kyle put it into a ...

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SNPwatch: Factors Influencing Permanent Tooth Development

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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SNPWatch: Genetic Variation Influences How We Respond to Reinforcement

By Bethann Hromatka   The human brain is hardwired to receive chemical signals from our environment. It primarily does this through receptors—proteins on the surfaces of cells that catch specific molecules when they pass by. An interesting class of receptors is the mu-opioid receptors, so named ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Investigate Shared Genetic Factors for Autoimmune Diseases

By Bethann Hromatka Autoimmune diseases are caused by an overactive immune system. In these diseases, white blood cells, which normally help your body fight infections, ramp up and attack your own cells and organs. These disorders can be very debilitating and are relatively common, affecting roughly 1 in ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations Found for Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists know that there isn’t one cause for multiple sclerosis (MS), but understanding this complex autoimmune disease has vexed medical researchers for years. In the largest MS study to date, researchers recently identified 29 new genetic variants associated with the disease in people of European ...

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23andMe’s Third Publication Demonstrates Efficient Replication of Over 180 Genetic Associations

As we’ve mentioned here previously, science can be a slow process. Researchers spend a long time -- sometimes upward of five years -- gathering enough people with a particular disease to study, collecting samples and data from them, analyzing that data, and then publishing the results. Imagine if you had to ...

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My Father, Myelofibrosis, and Me

by Ashley Gould Vice President Corporate Development & Chief Legal Officer, 23andMe Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki created 23andMe based on a number of visions. They described one of these to me in early 2007, capturing my imagination and playing a large role in my decision to become a member of the ...

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Roots into the Future: A New 23andMe Research Initiative For African Americans

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTYFNwxl3Pw A recent article in Wired Magazine highlighted how the genome revolution has been skipping most people in the world: 96% of participants in recent genomic studies trace most of their ancestry to Europe. Why? Statistical analysis is simpler in groups tracing ...

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