Category: Health and Traits

Heart Disease, Genetics and the Mediterranean Diet

Your diet has a huge impact on your health, particularly influencing your risk for things like heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Your genetics equally contributes to your risk for heart disease the same as your diet, your environment and overall lifestyle does. Understanding your ...

Read more

Genetics, Microbes and Celiac Disease

By Amick B. Like other autoimmune diseases, celiac disease has a strong genetic component, but new research shows that environmental factors, including an exposure to a variety of microbes in our water and in dust, may also play an important role. A recent New York Times article reported that the amount ...

Read more

23andMedical History

A new study by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital draws attention to the value of online resources to document family medical history. 23andMe customers can record their family medication information in several ways, including through our Cancer Family History survey — men’s version and ...

Read more

A New Health Report To Take To Heart

What are you doing this month to celebrate matters of the heart? No, we're not talking about your Valentine’s Day plans; we're talking about your heart health plans. February is American Heart Month. One way to observe this special month is to learn about heart health genetics, and one place to start is ...

Read more

Genetics and a Healthy Heart

February is American Heart Month and a time to focus on what remains the nation’s number one killer — heart disease — which is responsible for one in three deaths in the United States every year. Why heart disease is so deadly has a lot to do with lifestyle and diet in America. Obesity, even among the very ...

Read more

Rare Mutation Leads to New Insights into Melanoma

A study published recently in Science by Susanne Horn and colleagues is a noteworthy example of hypothesis-driven science done right. It exemplifies how seemingly obscure findings can lead to new hypotheses and provide insight into human health and disease. Horn and her colleagues studied a family prone to ...

Read more

Your Lifestyle, Your Health, Your Genes

There are lots of things we can't change, but our lifestyle isn't one of them. Good thing, too — our weight, nutrition habits, and exercise behaviors impact us beyond whether we look good in a swim suit. They also influence our risk for many different diseases. In the same way, our DNA also contributes to ...

Read more

Do You Know How You’ll Respond to Thiopurine Medications?

Some of the more common thiopurine drugs: 6-Thioguanine (Lanvis®) 6-Mercaptopurine (Purinethol®) Azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®) You may lack the enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) and not even know it.  For most of those who lack the enzyme, it will never be a problem, but, for those who are ...

Read more

23andCuriosity

Earlier this month Public Health Genomics published a paper by a team of Swiss researchers that reinforces the growing body of work showing consumers’ positive experiences with personal genetic testing. In this study, the participants were life science students at the University of Zurich who purchased the ...

Read more

Noninvasive Sequencing of a Human Fetus

The story first broke in the summer of 2012 — two separate research groups, one from the University of Washington and the other from Stanford, announced within weeks of each other that they had successfully sequenced a human fetus and done so noninvasively. Scientist Jacob O Kitzman, who led the University ...

Read more

Return to top