Category: Health and Traits

Quiz Answers: Oldest vs. Youngest — Success, Personality, and Health

Theories abound about the effects of birth order on personality, success, and other life outcomes. Last week we quizzed our readers on traits that differed between 23andMe customers who were oldest children (firstborns) versus youngest children (lastborns). Congratulations to Kay, the winner of the quiz! Kay ...

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Understanding Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer affects more men than any other type of cancer -- approximately one in six men will be diagnosed with it.  Although two-thirds of prostate cancers grow slowly and are largely asymptomatic, the remaining third of prostate cancers are aggressive and deadly, killing more men than any other cancer ...

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Ah, Fatherhood — Dirty Diapers, Skinned Knees … and Healthier Hearts?

You claim that Junior is giving you gray hairs, but is he really? In actuality your kids may be adding years to your life -- one recent study suggests that fatherhood may actually reduce a man’s risk of dying from a heart attack. The study, which was conducted last year and led by Michael Eisenberg at ...

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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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