Tag: cancer

Talking about Sarcoma with George Demetri

On a recent visit to 23andMe George Demetri —a physician and scientist who is an unpaid advisor to our Sarcoma research initiative — sat down for a short interview after talking to our team. Demetri, who is also director of the Dana-Farber Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, said he has a lot to be ...

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A Cancer Fighter Gets Personal

It’s hard to picture a more “personalized” approach to medicine than Dr. Ronald Levy’s. Levy, chief of the oncology division at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, has spent his career finding ways to induce a person’s own immune system to fight cancer, specifically lymphoma. Levy will be speaking ...

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“50/50″ Shows Us the Human Side of Cancer

With Kim Barnholt From the minute it became clear that Adam had cancer, he became a statistic, a diagnosis, a “case study”. One of the statistics he made sure to read up on were his chances of surviving. The odds -- 50/50 -- didn’t seem fair in the context of his life, but his friend Kyle put it into a ...

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A Recipe for Disease Research: Give People Tools, Add Passion, and Shake

[Update: View a video recap of Sarcoma Community Night at http://www.23andme.com/sarcoma/] Three. That was the average number of patients enrolled in studies for sarcoma four years ago when Nathalie Criou, a sarcoma cancer survivor and founder of Beat Sarcoma, looked around for new information about her ...

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SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.  It is rare in most areas of the world—affecting only about 1 in every 100,000 people—but about 25 times more common in southern China, earning it the name "Cantonese Cancer."  NPC rates are also high in southeastern Asia, ...

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23andMe Launches Sarcoma Community

Sarcomas are an extremely rare set of cancers that affect the bone and connective tissues such as muscle, bone, fat, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, and the like. With the launch of the new Sarcoma Community, 23andMe hopes to recruit a research cohort that will serve as a platform for research ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Sequencing of Second Cancer Patient Reveals Potentially Significant Mutations

A new genetic screening process has helped researchers understand the genetic causes of cancer, such as how mutations accumulated in a person's life can cause leukemia. The study shows that by comparing a person's own DNA to that of their cancerous cells, researchers can find DNA mutations that may have ...

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ABO Blood Type: Important For More Than Just Transfusions

Not long after Karl Landsteiner first described the different ABO blood types, scientists started looking for associations between blood type and other human traits.  Some of their theories were truly weird (more on these tomorrow!), but some have held up to scientific scrutiny. Venous Thromboembolism ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Near Tumor Suppressor Genes May Increase Risk For Brain And Skin Cancer

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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Better Understanding of Colorectal Cancer-Associated SNP Could Guide Treatment

Much to the surprise of many scientists, a lot of the SNPs identified in genomewide association studies have not been in the parts of genes that encode the molecular machinery of a cell. Instead, many SNPs have been found on the edges of genes, in regions of DNA that control when the genes get turned on or ...

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