Tag: cancer

Taking The Bull By The Horns

Crowded on a cobbled street in Spain with his sons and the tens of thousands of others dressed in white with red neckerchiefs, R. Rex Parris felt the kind of fear anyone would before preparing to run in front of raging sharp-horned bulls. But having just survived cancer Rex has some experience facing down ...

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The Power of Knowing

Ignorance isn’t always bliss and what you don’t know really can hurt you, or so Jennifer Goldstein has learned. If she hadn’t tested she might never have seen her doctor; never would have asked the right questions; never taken the action she needed to keep herself healthy. “But for the test I’d have ...

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A Song Draws Focus on Osteosarcoma Research

By Bertram K. Two days after his death in May, Zach Sobiech’s song “Clouds” became the number one download on iTunes and now has surpassed seven million views on YouTube. In it, Zach sings about his fight with cancer and bids farewell to family and friends. While I feel heavy-hearted listening to ...

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Rare Mutation Leads to New Insights into Melanoma

A study published recently in Science by Susanne Horn and colleagues is a noteworthy example of hypothesis-driven science done right. It exemplifies how seemingly obscure findings can lead to new hypotheses and provide insight into human health and disease. Horn and her colleagues studied a family prone to ...

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Novel Genetic Findings for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Dave Hinds is a Principal Scientist in Statistical Genetics.  23andMe is passionate about research on a group of rare blood disorders called myeloproliferative neoplasms, or MPNs. Physicians who study these disorders consider them to be blood cancers, though individual prognoses can vary widely — some people ...

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The Molecular Barcode of Cancer — Targeting Treatment to Patient

Changes in DNA Underlie Cancer Cancer develops when normal cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably because of “mistakes” in the DNA code. DNA (a copy of which is contained in each cell) contains finely tuned instructions for cell growth and production, but as cells copy and pass on this DNA they ...

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A Milestone in Sarcoma Research

Each person who has joined 23andMe’s Sarcoma research community has their own reasons for participating, but they all share the same hopes that we have — to find the causes for sarcoma and new treatments for this rare cancer. Earlier this month, 23andMe took an important step in that direction when we ...

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23andMe Partnering with Patients

By Meghan Mullins Before joining 23andMe, I worked at a more traditional genetic research lab. Like virtually all research centers, we didn’t return genetic results to our research participants. I occasionally thought about what that meant, that I knew more about an anonymous stranger’s DNA than he or ...

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Cancer Touches Everyone

23andMe is passionate about fighting cancer. We’re researching specific forms of cancer and treatments (see sidebar) and also learning more generally about cancer through our Cancer Family History survey (men’s version and women’s version). Personal experiences have the potential to fuel important research ...

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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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