Archives for 2011

Biopunks, Science and Discovery

Marcus Wohlsen is on to something. An Associated Press science and biotechnology writer, Wohlsen is the author of the book BioPunk: DIY Scientists Hack the Software of Life. The book, which came out in April, outlines the parallels between the current community of upstart amateur scientists working in ...

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Ethnicity Matters in Research: A Case Study in Prostate Cancer

By Angela Liu and Shirley Wu Nearly one in six men in the United States develops prostate cancer. This sobering statistic has spurred tremendous advances in research over the years, such that prostate cancer is now one of the most treatable and survivable cancers. But there is still much we don’t know ...

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SNPWatch & 23andMe Research Findings: Migraines and the Speed of Science

Editor's note: This post has been changed from its original to reflect regulatory changes on what 23andMe can report to customers. Science is slow. It can take years to enroll patients in studies, run experiments and analyze data. To make matters worse, it can often take a year or more just to get those ...

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23andMe Publishes Parkinson’s Paper Identifying Two Novel Genetic Associations

On the eve of the anniversary of our first publication, 23andMe is excited to announce the publication of our second research paper, "Web-based genome-wide association study identifies two novel loci and a substantial genetic component for Parkinson’s disease", posted online today in PLoS Genetics. This study ...

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“When People Share their Genome on Facebook”

Whether they’re over-sharing or taking bold action in the name of science, people who willingly make their genome public are pushing researchers, policy-makers and others to tackle hefty issues with no readymade answers. At Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s second annual “Beyond Sequencing” conference in ...

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23andMe Hosting One-of-a-Kind Sarcoma Community Night

Are you a sarcoma patient or survivor? Do you treat sarcoma patients? Maybe you know or care for someone suffering from this rare form of cancer. If sarcoma has touched your life, we invite you to join us for 23andMe’s Sarcoma Community Night on Tuesday, June 28, to connect to, learn from, and share with ...

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23andMe Research Findings: From You, Back to You

It’s been nearly a year since we published our first scientific paper. Titled “Web-based, Participant-Driven Studies Yield Novel Genetic Associations for Common Traits,” the paper demonstrated that 23andWe, our revolutionary new research model, works. Since then we’ve been making exciting progress, ...

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23andMe 2011 State of the Database Address

Database Snapshot: 100,611 users genotyped 76% have agreed to participate in research 59% take surveys 57% are male 47% are sharing with other users 12% have multiple ancestry 45 is the average age 100,409 posts in our community forums 60,000 pairs of relatives among users (4th ...

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Sarcoma Community Update

Genetic research is a numbers game. The more people who contribute to the effort, the more powerful it gets. As our Sarcoma Community grows with survey responses and genetic data from participants, we learn more about sarcoma and people’s responses to treatment. We are over halfway to our goal of 1,000 ...

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DNA Analysis Stars in GWAT

In an age when even the president has to offer up his birth certificate to prove he was born in the U.S., it's probably not going to be easy to convince skeptics that the world's best known terrorist leader is dead. Perhaps a little DNA fingerprinting will do the trick in this bit of the Global War on ...

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