This month, 23andMe published a new article in PLoS One entitled “Cryptic Distant Relatives are Common in both Isolated and Cosmopolitan Samples." Authored by former 23andMe scientists, Brenna Henn and Lawrence Hon, along with current 23andMe scientists and 23andMe advisor, Itsik Pe’er, of Columbia [...]
April 19, 2012
How Many Relatives Do You Have?
April 18, 2012
PDGene Enters the Scene for Parkinson’s Research
By Nick Eriksson At 23andMe, we read a lot of papers so that we can bring our customers the latest information about their genetics. This is a tall task: there were nearly a million papers published in the biomedical and life sciences in the year 2011 alone. That’s why we’re appreciative when others [...]
April 13, 2012
No Hype Over Hypothyroidism
What do media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Mary-Louise Parker, and Olympic runner Carl Lewis have in common? Aside from their more than 15 minutes of fame, all three have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, a condition where the body does not make enough thyroid hormone. This, in turn, can lead to fatigue, [...]
March 31, 2012
Exomes — The First of Many!
Six months ago, we announced our Exome 80X pilot project. At 23andMe, we’ve carefully followed every advance in sequencing technologies and read every paper comparing them, waiting for the opportunity to offer a meaningful and affordable option to the consumer market. While other (expensive) offerings have [...]
March 21, 2012
Health Watch: New Year’s Resolutions, Reproduction and Rare Diseases
Like many people around the world, the health content team at 23andMe rang in 2012 with resolutions of staying healthy and it seemed fitting to delve into the genetics underlying response to diet and exercise, eating behavior and cholesterol levels. As we eased in to the new year, we segued into reproduction, [...]
March 2, 2012
Thank You For Helping to Fight Rare Disease!
On Monday we kicked off a campaign for Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of research, especially into two rare diseases, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and sarcoma. We hoped to reach 500 participants in our MPN research initiative and 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community by today, and are happy to [...]
February 27, 2012
We’ve Come A Long, Long Way Together… But We’re Not There Yet!
February 29th is Rare Disease Day! Fight rare disease by helping us reach 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community and 500 participants in our Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Research Initiative this week. Learn more below. At 23andMe, we believe in fostering individual empowerment and increasing access to [...]
January 23, 2012
See You at the 2012 Personalized Medicine World Conference!
The 4th annual Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) begins today at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. 23andMe is excited to be a part of this unique event and we look forward to the engaging discussions that are sure to come out of it. Our Chief Business Officer Ashley Dombkowksi will [...]
January 22, 2012
New 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors Group
Today we're announcing the creation of the 23andMe Ancestry Ambassadors group, composed of ancestry enthusiasts in the 23andMe Community. 23andMe customer CeCe Moore and Product Manager Mike Macpherson, PhD will lead the new group. Building the best possible personal genetics service has always been [...]
January 20, 2012
Health Watch: 78 New and Updated Health Reports in 2011
In 2011, 23andMe added or updated 78 health reports. Many of these reports fall into the “disease risk” category and cover complex conditions like Alzheimer's disease, coronary heart disease, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis), to name a few. We also added new “trait” reports, for instance on the [...]