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 [...]
March 2, 2012
Thank You For Helping to Fight Rare Disease!
March 1, 2012
Solving Mysteries via DNA
Finding Your Roots Finding Your Roots With Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is a 10-part series in which the Harvard scholar will delve into the genealogy and genetics of famous Americans. Gates uses history and science, including 23andMe’s ancestry tools, to explore race, family and identify in each episode. With [...]
February 29, 2012
Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease
Today, February 29, is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Join the Global Genes Project™ and help unite one million people for rare diseases. The Global Genes Project™ is a campaign that works [...]
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 [...]
February 21, 2012
At a Las Vegas gala celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, we premièred the video "Give Us Your Hand," featuring the boxing legend and his involvement with 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative. By Emily Drabant As the Research Manager for the 23andMe Parkinson’s Community, I [...]
February 16, 2012
Studies of Extreme Longevity Extremely Challenging
By David Hinds, Chuong Do, and Shirley Wu In January we wrote about the challenging search for genetic influences on human longevity, touching on two of the most recent studies as examples of how elusive solid findings have been. Because one of these studies was a new version of a paper that was previously [...]
February 9, 2012
What Does Your Doctor Know About Genetic Testing For Drug Response?
Your doctor, undoubtedly, knows quite a lot. She went through four grueling years of medical school, passed a rigorous set of board exams, and completed at least one intensive residency in her speciality. What may surprise you, however, is that she may not know very much about pharmacogenetics, the [...]
February 1, 2012
Stories on Every Branch of the Family Tree
Every family has its stories. We just don’t know them all. That’s where genealogy comes in. Through census and military records, notes in family bibles, or conversations with older relatives we can recover some of those family histories. But where memories and traditional paper records fail, we now have a [...]
January 26, 2012
Seeking the Secrets of the Super Long-Lived
With analytical contributions from 23andMe Scientist David Hinds For all human history people have been obsessed with their own mortality. Early explorers searched the globe for the mythical “fountain of youth,” and now scientists are turning that exploration inward to look at the genomes of people [...]
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 [...]