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SNPwatch: Next Year It’s Martinelli’s…

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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Craig Venter Speaks

On the way to this week's World Economic Forum in Switzerland, 23andMe founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki had the opportunity to spend a few minutes with geneticist Craig Venter, who made a name for himself by racing the federally-funded Human Genome Project to produce the first human genetic sequence. ...

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SNPwatch: Common SNP in Heart Attacks and Statin Effectiveness

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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Welcome to the spittoon!

In the two months that 23andMe has been in business, we've had our fair share of media coverage. We've been in newspapers and magazines, on TV and the radio. But more than anything else, we've been blogged about. Over the last few weeks the comments, compliments and criticisms of bloggers have often ...

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23andMe 101

By 23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey Over the past several months the press has reported a steady stream of breakthroughs in genetics. In what the New York Times has called “a continuing wave of discoveries about the genes underlying common diseases,” studies have found genetic links to breast cancer, ...

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Expert group discourages genetic testing for antidepressant dosage

According to a study by an independent panel of medical and scientific professionals, there is "insufficient evidence to support a recommendation for or against use of CYP450 testing in adults beginning SSRI treatment for non-psychotic depression." Although the study discourages current use of CYP450 testing, ...

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Sex, money, dancing, eating….and voles?

At the end of last year (2007) you may have seen reports claiming that scientists in Israel discovered the “gene for altruism.” What they actually found was that a variation in a gene called AVPR1a influences how much money students give to others in the “dictator game,” an experiment where subjects make ...

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Silly Rabbit, Spit Comes from Quids

A few years back, archaeologist Anna Dhody was thinking about how amazing it is that DNA forensic scientists can collect DNA evidence from nothing more than a discarded cigarette butt or paper cup. If there is enough DNA clinging to those modern-day objects to identify the people who used them, she reasoned, ...

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Colonists and Colon Cancer

When Mr. and Mrs. George Fry arrived in the New World nearly four centuries ago, they brought with them not just dreams of a better life, but a curse – a genetic mutation that has caused thousands of their descendants to develop cancer. Scientists reported on Wednesday that they had tracked a mutation that ...

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Breakthrough of the Year

A certain provider of personal genetic information is mentioned in Science magazine's Breakthrough of the Year article, published in the Dec. 21 issue. The journal bestowed 2007 BotY honors on "Human Genetic Variation," especially the genome-wide association studies that have linked dozens of diseases and ...

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