Tag: rare disease

The Decade After Decoding

This month marks the tenth anniversary of one of the greatest scientific achievements of our time when in 2003 researchers decoded the last of the three billion letters that make up the human genome. Dr. Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Project, spoke with reporters a week ago saying that ...

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Memoir Sheds Light on Tay-Sachs

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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One in Ten Lives with a Rare Disease

February 28 is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Around 6,800 rare diseases have been identified and up to 80% of them have a genetic origin. 23andMe provides genetic health reports for many of these ...

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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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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

Today, February 29, is Rare Disease Day — a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Join the Global Genes Project™ and help unite one million people for rare diseases. The Global Genes Project™ is a campaign that works to ...

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We’ve Come A Long, Long Way Together… But We’re Not There Yet!

February 29th is Rare Disease Day! Fight rare disease by helping us reach 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community and 500 participants in our Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Research Initiative this week. Learn more below. At 23andMe, we believe in fostering individual empowerment and increasing access to ...

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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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Pulitzer Prize for Sequencing Story

Kathleen Gallagher and Mark Johnson are good reporters but it didn’t take a lot to figure out that the tip they got was big news. Doctors, Gallagher heard, had used genetic sequencing to crack the mystery behind an illness slowly robbing a young boy of his life. “The tip that she had was that they had ...

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When Rare is Not Rare: Help Fight Rare Disease, Today and Everyday

Most people have never heard of osteochondrodysplasia, glycogen storage disease, or a thousand other conditions with names we may or may not be able to pronounce. Individually, each of these diseases is extremely rare. Some, like medium chain acyl-coA dehydrogenase deficiency, may affect about one person in ...

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