Tag: ASHG 2012

Expect the Unexpected: Rare Mutation Frequencies

23andMe’s genetic health reports cover 191 rare genetic mutations in addition to more common variants related to disease. While it’s relatively easy to learn about common variants, our knowledge of rare mutations traditionally has come from very small studies limited to specific populations, like French ...

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23andMe’s Presentations at ASHG

This week our scientists have been busy at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting in San Francisco. As promised we're putting up links to each of the posters that we presented at the meeting. It gives you a sense of the breadth and depth of 23andMe's research and our commitment to share our ...

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Improving the Experience of Participating in Research

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Joyce's poster presented at ASHG.) Genetic research often requires people willing to share their time and answer questions for the sake of scientific inquiry.  Any study involving research participants should ensure that such volunteers are treated fairly and ethically. As ...

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Whole-Genome Sequencing of Parkinson’s Patients

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Cory's poster presented at ASHG.) Parkinson’s disease (PD) research has long been a priority at 23andMe. Our Parkinson’s research community is one of the largest in the world with over 9,300 patients.  Our research on the disease has been published in peer-reviewed ...

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23andMe Moves into the World of Sequencing

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Eoghan's poster presented at ASHG.) People often use the terms “genotyping” and “sequencing” interchangeably, but they are quite different ways of approaching genetic data. One large difference is the amount of data generated. Genotyping, what 23andMe does, tells you ...

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Investigating the Rare

(Editor's note: Here is a link to Brian's poster presented at ASHG.) Rare events are hard to study, and this is especially true in genetics. Imagine you have a group of four people carrying a mutation and two of them are also afflicted with same medical condition.  Coincidence or correlation? Well, this is ...

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Researcher Investigates His Own Genetic Mutation

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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The Genetics of Nearsightedness, Stretch Marks, and Motion Sickness

Amy Kiefer is a Survey Research Manager at 23andMe. She joined the company in 2008. What do nearsightedness, stretch marks, and motion sickness have to do with each other? They don’t appear to be genetically related — at least not according to our in-house statistical geneticists — but all of them are ...

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