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DNA Day: Educate and Celebrate

  We at 23andMe have a special place in our hearts for today, National DNA Day. There are many ways to celebrate this special science holiday, ranging from making DNA-themed bracelets to constructing helical origami, but we think one of the best ways is to learn something new about DNA and, in the ...

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How Many Relatives Do You Have?

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 ...

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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 wade ...

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An Astronaut Tells His Secret

On his first Space Shuttle mission, Rich Clifford whispered a little prayer. “Please Lord let something go wrong so that I can fix it,” he recalls with a smile. But on the launch pad, strapped into the Shuttle with its two massive solid rocket boosters primed for ignition, Rich had second ...

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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, ...

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Gene Fusions Point to a New Type of Sarcoma

The term “sarcoma” encompasses over a hundred forms of rare cancers, and the cause behind many of these forms is unknown. Ewing sarcoma, however, is one sarcoma for which the biology is relatively well understood.  This form is caused by a gene fusion -- a DNA rearrangement resulting in two genes being fused ...

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The State of the Science of Parkinson’s Research

Recently, Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), Brian Fiske, vice president of research programs at MJFF, and Emily Drabant, 23andMe’s research manager for its Parkinson’s community, sat down and took stock of the recent advances in Parkinson’s research. Their conversation centered ...

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Unexpected Associations with Parkinson’s

As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month 23andMe is releasing the first of three surprising associations we’ve found between Parkinson’s and certain traits. The associations are surprising because they appear so unrelated to the disease itself, but they may offer insight into the direction for future ...

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Second Opinion: Haplogroup I Likely Not Linked to Heart Disease

A recent study in The Lancet reported that variation on the Y chromosome -- haplogroup I, tagged by the SNP rs2032597 -- is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in British men, with an odds ratio of 1.56. This finding stands out for several reasons. For one thing, the effect is substantially larger ...

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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 ...

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