Category: Health and Traits

Fighting Cancer Together

The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently wrapped up its annual meeting, bringing together health care professionals focused on the fight against cancer. The five days were packed with mind-expanding science and encouraging updates on new efforts for research collaboration between doctors, ...

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Oldest vs. Youngest — Let the Sibling Rivalries Begin!

Ever felt like your studious oldest sibling was more responsible? Or that your rebellious younger sibling always got the most attention? Our latest quiz questions our thoughts about the effects birth order has on personality, accomplishment, and life choices. This quiz is now closed. See the answers ...

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Elephants Are Red, Donkeys Are Blue, Genetics Can Influence Politics, Too

(Editor's note: This post originally ran in June, but we thought it was worth a second look on the eve of the election.) As Americans approach the elections this November, discussions of what influences economic and political preferences will surely flood our television sets and news feeds. Pundits use ...

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23andMe to Present Data from Sarcoma Research at Oncology Conference

Starting today cancer researchers will be gathering in Chicago at the meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Researchers and doctors at the annual meeting — the world’s largest oncology conference — will hear about the most promising drugs being developed to fight cancer. They’ll spend five ...

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Quiz Answers: Mac vs. Windows — Was Your Intuition Right?

Last week we quizzed our readers on traits that differed between 23andMe customers who use Macs versus those who use Windows. Congratulations to Brenda, the winner of the quiz! She got all three answers correct and will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. So what were the correct answers? Read on… Which of ...

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23andMe Partnering with Patients

By Meghan Mullins Before joining 23andMe, I worked at a more traditional genetic research lab. Like virtually all research centers, we didn’t return genetic results to our research participants. I occasionally thought about what that meant, that I knew more about an anonymous stranger’s DNA than he or ...

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SNPwatch: Novel Genetic Factors for Crohn’s Disease Identified for Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry

Crohn’s disease develops when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own gut cells. Although most people with European ancestry are pretty genetically similar, some sub-groups like Ashkenazi Jews have distinct genetic characteristics that carry important implications for health. For instance, people ...

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The “Uniqueness” of Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry is Important for Health

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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The War Waged Within: Autoimmunity in Women

Many autoimmune diseases affect women more frequently than men. The ratio of affected women to affected men are given above for several autoimmune diseases on which 23andMe reports. (Source: American Autoimmune Related Disease Association, Inc.) Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer ...

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Genetics and the Risks from Traumatic Brain Injuries

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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