Category: Health and Traits

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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The Complex Genetic Architecture Underlying Human Differences

You’d be forgiven for assuming your height has nothing to do with the curl of your hair or how flexible you are, but physical traits can sometimes have unexpected connections. Last week at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Francisco, 23andMe’s Principal Scientist and ...

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A Genetic Variant Protective Against Alzheimer’s

This past summer researchers announced they’d discovered a rare genetic variant that may be protective against Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is an important topic among 23andMe customers so naturally they asked for more information about the variant. After a review of the research,  we recently released ...

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Blood Thinners and the Genetics Behind Drug Response

A study in the journal Lancet regarding a new blood thinning drug brings to mind the difficulty doctors and patients have in using anticoagulants to prevent clots that could otherwise lead to heart attacks or strokes. The mostly commonly used blood thinner, warfarin (Coumadin®) has proven to be a godsend ...

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