Tag: carrier status

Health at 23andMe: L’Chaim, Sheridan!

If you saw adoptee Sheridan* on the street, you might wonder -- as she does -- about her ancestral origins. You could guess a few things, but would you have guessed she has Jewish ancestry? It turns out a small percentage of her ancestry is Ashkenazi, a fact she learned recently from her 23andMe Ancestry ...

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Battling Against A Common Genetic Disease

It’s the most common genetic disorder in the United States, but Milo Sharp had never heard of it before. The disorder, hemochromatosis, causes iron overload. Undiagnosed it can lead to a build up of iron in the body, particularly in the liver. This, in turn, can lead to serious health problems. In the ...

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Health Watch: 78 New and Updated Health Reports in 2011

In 2011, 23andMe added or updated 78 health reports. Many of these reports fall into the “disease risk” category and cover complex conditions like Alzheimer's disease, coronary heart disease, and hay fever (allergic rhinitis), to name a few. We also added new “trait” reports, for instance on the genetics ...

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Before You Are Pregnant…

My sister learned she was a carrier for a recessive disease, Bloom syndrome, late in one of her pregnancies. I remember the panicked call and the weeks of worry as she and her husband awaited his test results; if he was also a carrier, this meant their daughter had a one in four chance of being born with the ...

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Health at 23andMe: What’s Your Status?

While many health conditions are complex and influenced by a combination of genetic and non-genetic factors, others follow a much simpler pattern where disruptions (or “mutations”) in a single gene can directly cause disease. These diseases are often referred to as Mendelian diseases, named after the monk ...

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Health at 23andMe: Navigating Your Health Results

Unless you have a specific health topic in mind, you’ll most likely want to begin by browsing your health results to see what your genetics say about you. Your gateway to all things Health at 23andMe is the Health Overview which highlights some of the interesting results in each of four categories: Disease ...

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