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Meet The Team: Rachel Cohen

Rachel is the Manager of Communications at 23andMe, i.e. the company gatekeeper. She handles incoming press inquiries, manages the public relations surrounding the launch of new features and partnerships, and talks to reporters and news producers about everything 23andMe. Imagine C.J. on the West Wing, ...

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Study of Common Variants Finds Rare Mutation With Implications For Heart Disease Prevention

Genome-wide association studies, the research projects that connect SNPs to different traits and conditions (and fuel much of the 23andMe Health and Traits feature), focus on fairly common genetic variations that generally have small effects on risk. But critics of this type of research charge that ...

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New Papers from Nature Genetics Yield a Bounty of Cholesterol SNPs

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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Study of Breast Cancer among Latinas Shows Importance of Ancestry in Disease

People sometimes think of ancestry as the "fun" part of the 23andMe Personal Genome Service™, an intriguing glimpse at the past that is completely unrelated to our more serious Health and Traits features. But a new paper shows how ancestry can actually reveal quite a bit about the genetics of disease. In ...

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Meet The Team: Jonathan Hansen

Jonathan was a founding student of CSU Monterey Bay where he studied International Relations, Global Economics and Computer Science. Though he wanted to work in international politics and only studied computer science to keep his two Silicon Valley engineer parents happy and paying for college, eventually ...

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23andMe Community Now Includes User-to-User Messaging

Yesterday the 23andMe team launched the much-requested user-to-user communication feature, which will allow you to exchange messages directly with your 23andMe connections and other searchable community members. Here's how it works: To send a message, simply visit a person's Member Profile page by ...

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An Unpredictable Plot: The Debut of a New Ancestry Feature

You've heard the family legends — or maybe you haven't. Now 23andMe has a new ancestry feature that can show you what your genes have to say about where your ancestors originated. This new feature, called Global Similarity: Advanced, shows you which populations from around the world you are genetically ...

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Diabetes Risk and Genetics: Keep Getting Those Checkups and Watch Your Weight

Recent genetic discoveries have taught researchers a lot about type 2 diabetes, and identified particular genetic variants that can influence a person's risk of developing the condition. But two studies published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine conclude that genetic information still pales ...

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23andMe Scientists Offer Solution to Apparent Mutation Rate Discrepancy

This guest post is by Brenna Henn, a doctoral student in Stanford University's Department of Anthropology and a 23andMe consultant. Brenna studies human evolution using genetic information. Her interests include the origin of modern humans, migration patterns among African groups, and genetic models of ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Genetically Customized Bone Marrow Transplant May Have Eradicated Patient’s HIV

In a way, organ transplantation is the one branch of medicine that has already been personalized, because doctors must carefully match the immune systems of donor and recipient to prevent rejection. Now transplant physicians in Germany have taken that procedure a step further by engineering not just a ...

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