Category: 23andMe Research

Data on Personal Genetics at ASHG

There are a lot of pie charts, numerical tables and graphs on display this week at the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco, but one caught our eye Wednesday morning. It was a graph put up by Dr. Cinnamon Bloss of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. Scripps has been studying ...

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23andMe Studies the Genetics of Sexual Orientation

(Editor's note: Here's a link to Emily's poster presented at ASHG.) Earlier this year 23andMe began surveying its customers to study the genetics of sexual orientation. It is now the largest genome-wide association study of sexual orientation ever done. While our researchers have a strong scientific ...

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Improving the Experience of Participating in Research

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Joyce's poster presented at ASHG.) Genetic research often requires people willing to share their time and answer questions for the sake of scientific inquiry.  Any study involving research participants should ensure that such volunteers are treated fairly and ethically. As ...

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23andMe Presents Latest Research at ASHG

(Editor's note: Here's a link to a post with the links to all the poster presentations given by 23andMe scientists at 23andMe.) Here we come. Starting today a contingent of 23andMe’s scientists and researchers will be at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Francisco. ...

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Whole-Genome Sequencing of Parkinson’s Patients

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Cory's poster presented at ASHG.) Parkinson’s disease (PD) research has long been a priority at 23andMe. Our Parkinson’s research community is one of the largest in the world with over 9,300 patients.  Our research on the disease has been published in peer-reviewed ...

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23andMe Moves into the World of Sequencing

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Eoghan's poster presented at ASHG.) People often use the terms “genotyping” and “sequencing” interchangeably, but they are quite different ways of approaching genetic data. One large difference is the amount of data generated. Genotyping, what 23andMe does, tells you ...

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Investigating the Rare

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Brian's poster presented at ASHG.) Rare events are hard to study, and this is especially true in genetics. Imagine you have a group of four people carrying a mutation and two of them are also afflicted with same medical condition.  Coincidence or correlation? Well, this is ...

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Researcher Investigates His Own Genetic Mutation

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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Few Worries About Genetic Testing

A common refrain for critics of direct to consumer genetic testing is that the tests could cause unnecessary worry. Those critics believe that for some tests the results shouldn’t go directly to a consumer and instead be delivered by a doctor or genetic counselor. We believe that a person shouldn’t have to ...

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23andMe Goes to Washington

As we near our goal of enrolling 10,000 patients in 23andMe’s Parkinson’s research community, we are ever more eager to share what we are doing. Last month our CEO, Anne Wojcicki, along with our Parkinson’s research manager Emily Drabant, went to Washington D.C with two friends of 23andMe — Maryum Ali, a ...

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