Category: Health and Traits

Needles in a Haystack

Even as the genetic studies on schizophrenia released this week illustrate our progress toward the ultimate goal of personalized medicine, they also bring to mind the challenges that still lie ahead. All three studies focus on identifying the genetic bases of schizophrenia, a mental disorder characterized by ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations May Offer Insight into Restless Legs Syndrome

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Gene Variant May Increase Risk for Rare Side Effect of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Selected to Elect?

On the heels of his previous paper finding that participating in political activities such as voting is influenced in part by genes, political scientist James Fowler and his graduate student Christopher Dawes announced that they’ve identified two genes that are associated with voting itself. In the current ...

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The Ultimate Trade-off: Genes, Environment, and Why We Crave Twinkies

Last week in the Spittoon we reported on a new study that identified an interesting genetic trade-off — a genetic variant known that has one effect on a person's vulnerability to malaria, and the opposite on susceptibility to HIV infection. The "Duffy negative" version of the gene, which is common among ...

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The true value of two-for-one deals

In a recent paper, Southern California researchers announced that political involvement has a genetic component. Though they stopped short of identifying a gene or genes at work, the researchers concluded that the decision to go out and vote was genetically determined by up to 50 percent. Genes, they also ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Common in African Americans May Influence Susceptibility to HIV

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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Team23andMe Competes in the LIVESTRONG Challenge

One of the best parts about working at 23andMe is being surrounded by people who are active and love taking on new challenges. We exercise together regularly and are always looking for new ways to contribute to our community, so we recently decided it was time to take on our first race. We chose the ...

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The Path to Personalized Healthcare in Step with Regulatory Oversight

The California Department of Public Health has made headlines in the past few weeks with its effort to rein in direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. We were one of 13 companies who received a cease-and-desist letter from the department, to which we’ve responded (more on that here). We agree that ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Find Genetic Variants That May Influence the Risk For Obesity

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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