My $0.02 about The $1,000 Genome

October 07, 2010
Taken individually, the letters A, G, T, and C seem relatively harmless. However, when arranged three billion strong into a human genetic code, these letters have instilled fear of discrimination,...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: Introducing Sheridan

September 29, 2010
Meet Sheridan*. She’s a 27 year old female who signed up for 23andMe during one of our sales. Adopted at eight months, she has no information about her biological roots...
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SNPwatch: Jeans Too Tight? Don’t Just Blame Your Genes.

September 23, 2010
In 2009, 27% of Americans met the clinical criteria for obesity–a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater–7 percentage points higher than a mere 9 years earlier. Even this...
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Guidelines From Professional Human Genetics Societies and 23andMe Policies

September 21, 2010
by Uta Francke, M.D. The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) has issued a policy statement on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing for health-related purposes. Published in the Society’s journal, the...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?

September 16, 2010
Genetic testing is not a concept that most people encounter outside of popular TV shows and so when you hear about services such as 23andMe’s, you might be wondering what...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation Associated with Endometriosis in Asian Women Identified

September 10, 2010
Endometriosis, one of the most common gynecological conditions, occurs when tissue from the lining of the uterus implants elsewhere in the body–most commonly the fallopian tubes, the ovaries or the...
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SNPwatch: New Research Sheds More Light on Role of Genetic Variant in Chronic Kidney Disease

September 02, 2010
Chronic kidney disease (CKD), characterized by the gradual loss of the kidneys’ filtering ability, currently affects about 10-13% of adults in the United States.   Patients suffering from the most...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

August 31, 2010
Headaches are a pain — literally. But while most people see them as a temporary nuisance, many others find them extremely debilitating. For the 8% of men and 17% of...
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Lessons at Berkeley: Genetics and Beyond

August 20, 2010
Having been a genetics educator for over two decades, I was excited to learn in May that Berkeley’s incoming freshman class would have an opportunity to discover whether they have...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

August 05, 2010
Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most common cancer in the world.  More than half a million new cases of this form of liver cancer are reported each year.  ...
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