Archives for 2010

SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Common Genetic Variants Associated with Early Menopause Risk

When is the best time to start a family? In making this decision, each woman must weigh external factors against her internal biological clock. In Caucasian women, menopause occurs around 51 years of age, with a normal range between 40 and 60 years. Although post-menopausal infertility is widely recognized, ...

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23andMe Research Team Presents Findings at International Human Genetics Meeting

By Kim Barnholt and Amy Kiefer It’s an exciting week for 23andMe! A number of our research scientists have headed to Washington, D.C. to showcase some of our research discoveries at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). ASHG is the primary professional membership organization ...

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The Personalized Medicine World Conference Comes to Silicon Valley in 2011

A premier event in personalized medicine comes to Silicon Valley January 18-19 as the Computer History Museum in Mountain View is set to host the 2011 Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC). Now in its third year, this conference mixes leading edge technologies, forward-thinking scientists, ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Old Roots and New Horizons

Sheridan* can hardly believe that in just a couple of weeks, she’s learned something about her deep ancestry on her mother’s side, placed herself genetically among the different populations of the world, connected with a potential fifth cousin, discovered a potential second cousin, and traced a fourth cousin ...

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SNPwatch: Breathe Easier…New Insights From Asthma Research

Coughing, wheezing, lungs encased in steel (or so they seem) ... asthma makes breathing a challenge for nearly 25 million Americans of all ages. Despite the overwhelming number of people affected, this disease continues to be difficult to understand and to treat. Asthma is divided into two main categories ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Finding Connections

In our last post, Sheridan* responded to her potential fifth cousin Akina and discovered that she has a potential second cousin through 23andMe’s Relative Finder feature. All of this is exciting, but she’s definitely starting to feel her lack of genealogy experience catching up with her. When she logs into ...

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SNPwatch: Apple or Pear? How Genes Help Shape Your Shape

You’ve probably heard about the fruit-based analogies to describe body shape. “Apples” tend to carry more weight around their waist whereas “pears” tend to be heavier around the hips and thighs. But the differences between apples and pears extend beyond simple appearance. Studies have shown that physical ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Got Relatives

We’ve been following Sheridan’s* journey through the ancestry features at 23andMe over the last few weeks. Because she was adopted with no record of her biological parents, every piece of information has been eye-opening for her. So far, she’s learned that her maternal haplogroup is H2a, meaning that her ...

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Researchers “Unzip” Their Genomes For The Public Good

A number of bloggers and researchers stand out in terms of their passion for personal genomics and in-depth coverage of this nascent industry. Many of them share 23andMe’s view that individuals should have access to their genetic information and share our vision of a future where this information has a ...

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Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Global Origins

In her first ancestry foray, Sheridan* learned about her Maternal Line. Through her friend Mesut, she also learned about the Paternal Line feature. But these analyses only told her about a tiny part of her DNA. Other features at 23andMe use DNA contained in the other 22 pairs of chromosomes -- called ...

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