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National Cancer Research Awareness Month

Cancer is not one disease, but many. Even looking specifically at breast cancer or sarcoma, the more researchers study these diseases, the more they understand that there are many different kinds of breast cancer and sarcoma. This has been one of the most challenging aspects of researching cures for ...

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PDGene Enters the Scene for Parkinson’s Research

By Nick Eriksson At 23andMe, we read a lot of papers so that we can bring our customers the latest information about their genetics. This is a tall task: there were nearly a million papers published in the biomedical and life sciences in the year 2011 alone. That’s why we’re appreciative when others wade ...

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The State of the Science of Parkinson’s Research

Recently, Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), Brian Fiske, vice president of research programs at MJFF, and Emily Drabant, 23andMe’s research manager for its Parkinson’s community, sat down and took stock of the recent advances in Parkinson’s research. Their conversation centered ...

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Unexpected Associations with Parkinson’s

As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month 23andMe is releasing the first of three surprising associations we’ve found between Parkinson’s and certain traits. The associations are surprising because they appear so unrelated to the disease itself, but they may offer insight into the direction for future ...

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Beer, Pizza and Parkinson’s: 23andMe Hosts Parkinson’s Support Group

Recently, we invited a local support group for men with early onset Parkinson’s to come to our office. The idea was to give these guys a chance to learn about about 23andMe and our Parkinson’s Research Community, but we probably learned as much if not more from them then they did from us. 23andMe’s ...

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

During Parkinson’s Awareness Month, we’ll be highlighting promising research and new findings in the fight against Parkinson’s. Along the way we hope to boost enrollment in 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community past 7,500 people, getting us that much closer to our ultimate goal of 10,000 people in the ...

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Do Ask, Do Tell

This week 23andMe will begin surveying its members to study the biology of sexual orientation. The survey was prompted in part by customer interest, and fueled by our own scientific curiosity. We’re also launching the survey during “Come Out For Health” week, a nationwide event that has for the last nine ...

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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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SNPwatch: The “Jist” on JAK2 and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) have a complicated name but it’s an apt descriptor for the biology underlying this group of rare blood disorders. MPNs result from excessive production of “myeloid” blood cells that originate in the bone marrow, and come in different forms including essential thrombocythemia ...

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Thank You For Helping to Fight Rare Disease!

On Monday we kicked off a campaign for Rare Disease Day to raise awareness of research, especially into two rare diseases, myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) and sarcoma. We hoped to reach 500 participants in our MPN research initiative and 800 participants in our Sarcoma Community by today, and are happy to ...

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