Category: Health and Traits

Planning Ahead

There’s a time when all of us settle down, but Robert isn’t there quite yet. He’s 29, single and has a good job as an architect. He’s in no rush, but all the same that hasn’t stopped him from at least thinking about his future and what comes next. In part that’s why he tested with 23andMe. “I was ...

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Study Shows Genetic Variants that Influence Multiple Traits and Conditions

Researchers know that certain genes, or more accurately regions in our genes, are multitaskers, influencing a wide variety of traits and conditions that range from such things as the size of our noses to our susceptibility to childhood ear infections to our risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study led by ...

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Genetic Testing Pre-Pregnancy

By Erynn Gordon, MS, LCGC 23andMe's Director of Clinical Development Testing in pregnancy can be a little overwhelming for prospective parents — blood tests, glucose challenge, ultrasounds, fetal nonstress tests. Many of these tests  are offered with little explanation but rather the expectation that ...

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Unibrows And The Study of Human Variation

Frida Kahlo accented her unibrow, while the late Soviet leader Leonard Brezhnev presumably didn’t care about his, and neither of them knew anything about the genetics behind what gave them their distinctive bushy brows. A new study by researchers at the University College London identified some of the ...

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The New 23andMe Experience: A Look at Our Trait Reports

The new customer experience at 23andMe is about more than just our new look; it's also about new features. Among those new features are our new Trait Reports. These reports can be a fun way to learn how your genetics influence such things as the color of your eyes, whether you’ve got dimples, and if you ...

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Good News for Coffee Drinkers

A morning cup of coffee is it’s own reward, but a new study by researchers sweetens the deal a bit concluding that drinking more coffee — even decaffeinated coffee — is associated with a longer life. The study by researchers at Harvard looked at mortality in a group of more than 200,000 nurses and doctors ...

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Patients Perspective on Parkinson’s Disease

As federal regulators listened, patients told them of their symptoms — the sleepless nights, the days with uncontrollable tremors or the little struggles simply maintaining their balance. Some of those with Parkinson’s who spoke at the special U.S. Food and Drug Administration meeting in late ...

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Live Long And Prosper

We all measure our age in years, but results of a study lead by researchers at Kings College in London found what may be a better measurement of age — your genes. Using RNA-profiling to measure and compare gene expression in thousands of tissue samples, the researchers were able to develop what amounts ...

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Chew on This

After reading a recent Slate piece, we thought it might be worth taking one more bite at Misophonia. It’s one of those conditions that you might not know is a condition, even if you have it. Misophonia — from the Greek word meaning hatred of sound — is characterized by feelings of rage triggered by ...

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23andMoo

Consider the cow, and this humble herbivore’s contribution to the human story. We’re not just talking burgers and ice cream, archeological evidence suggests that cows were likely first domesticated from aurochs (extinct wild oxen) as long as 11,000 years ago when farmers used their milk to make cheese and ...

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