Tag: infectious disease

23andMe At ASHG

Ed note: This post has been slightly changed since it first went up. We've also added in links to the posters that were presented at the conference. They are listed at the bottom of this post. At this year’s American Society of Human Genetics meeting in Boston, a team of 23andMe scientists presented ...

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23andMe H1N1 Flu Survey: Share Your Experience

By now, you're probably sick of hearing about the 2009 H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.  But if you believe you've had it, and you've already recovered from your symptoms, please take a few minutes to complete our new survey. There have been heard reports of people holding "swine flu parties" in ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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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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