Category: 23andMe Research

Genetics and a rare bone cancer

Late last year researchers with support from the Chordoma Foundation identified a genetic marker associated with that rare form of bone cancer. The Chordoma Foundation has also partnered with 23andMe to raise awareness about our Sarcoma Research Initiative aimed at better understanding genetic associations ...

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The Genetics of Mental Illness

Researchers have long believed that genetics put some people at higher risk for mental illness than others, but exactly which genes are involved has remained a mystery. Even very large studies have come up with relatively few insights into the genetics of mental illness. But a study published last week in ...

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Citizen Scientists Look into Nearsightedness

Editor's note: PloS Genetics just published Amy Kiefer and Nick Eriksson's work. Check out their paper here. Nearsightedness, a condition in which far-away objects look blurry, is a problem of endemic proportions — approximately 30-40 percent of adults in the United States are nearsighted.  And, as computers ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Factors Associated with “Blue Babies”

Image by Mariana Ruiz LadyofHats [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons New research suggests that a once-fatal congenital heart defect — sometimes called “blue baby syndrome” — is influenced by genetic factors that are broadly found in the general population. Different heart malformations lead to poor ...

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23andMe Finds Few Negative Reactions to Genetic Tests For Cancer Mutations

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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23andMe and Genentech Expand Cancer Study

Last year 23andMe and Genentech launched an online study of metastatic breast cancer to learn more about what role genes might play in how a person responds to bevacizumab, also known as Avastin®. (Avastin® is not approved by the FDA for treatment of metastatic breast cancer.) We were happy with the ...

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Barfly Genetics

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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Smells Like Gene Spirit

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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Genetic Armor in Flu Season

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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Top Genetic Findings of 2012

Take a moment to look back at the ten most interesting and significant genetic findings of 2012 or at least the ones that drew our attention. In the last 12 months we’ve seen huge strides in genetic research giving us new insight into serious conditions such as Alzheimer’s as well as new treatments for ...

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