Category: Health and Traits

Citizen Scientist

Along with having some very talented scientists and engineers on staff, 23andMe is lucky to have some customers who are equally accomplished. One of those is Dr. Ann Turner, a 23andMe Ancestry Ambassador and physician. Ann was recently listed as a co-author on a paper published by researchers from the ...

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The Genetics of Rosacea

A new study by researchers from Stanford Medical School and 23andMe is the first to identify genetic variants associated with rosacea, a chronic skin disease estimated to affect more than 16 million people in the United States alone. Led by Dr. Anne Lynn S. Chang, of Stanford University’s School of ...

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Too Many Teardrops

Grab a tissue for this — your genes may make you more prone to cry, and if you cry easily you are at higher odds to have been diagnosed with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. In a not yet published study, 23andMe scientists looking at data from almost 200,000 customers of European ancestry who ...

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Salty Or Sweet

Whether you are more apt to reach for a handful of potato chips or go for the bowl of candy may have something to do with your genetics. Looking at taste preferences among about 119,000 customers of European ancestry who consented to research, 23andMe scientists identified genetic markers associated with ...

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Feeling Woozy, Motion Sickness Redux

We’re feeling a little dizzy trying to keep track of all the coverage 23andMe’s new study on motion sickness received or it might just be this infographic. The paper, which came out in late January, was the first ever genome-wide association study of the very common condition. We want to share with you ...

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Chocolate, It’s Complicated

It turns out that whether you like dark chocolate or milk chocolate may have a little bit to do with your genetics. We know that our bitter and sweet taste perceptions are highly associated with different genetic variants. A lot of work has focused specifically on bitter taste perception associated with ...

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Blonde on Blonder

Scientists haven’t agreed on whether blondes indeed have more fun, but at least there is some consensus on what makes their hair blond. 23andMe scientists looking at the biology behind hair color found three genetic variants already known to be strongly associated with having golden locks among 23andMe ...

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No, I’m Not Irish

So where did that red hair come from? by Kasia Bryc, 23andMe Population Geneticist Most people who see my unruly wild red hair often assume I must be Irish. I’m not. As a first generation immigrant from Poland, I don’t have any ancestors from Ireland. Yes, really, just take a look at my 23andMe ...

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Cheers!

Why some people will have a hangover the morning after they ring in the New Year this year and others won’t, can at least be partially explained by genetics. There’s a lot of variability in how people respond to drinking. A lucky few, about 20 percent, have few symptoms from imbibing too much. But the rest ...

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Study Says Genetics May Play Larger Role in ALS

A new study suggests that genetics plays a much bigger role in ALS than previously thought. Past estimates said genetics accounts for about 10 percent of cases, but a new study by researchers at Cedars-Sinai and Washington University in St. Louis suggest that as many as one in three cases of ALS can be ...

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