Archives for 2011

Scientists Score a Breakthrough with Parkinson’s in a Petri Dish

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a relatively rare but devastating condition affecting 1-2% of Americans. Although some risk factors are known -- including genetic variants that predispose to the condition -- its exact causes and mechanisms remain a mystery, and development of treatments has been slow. 23andMe ...

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An Update On Our Parkinson’s Research Community

At 23andMe, we are committed to advancing understanding of human health and disease, and to giving everyone an opportunity to participate in scientific research that is meaningful for them. We launched our first research community focused on Parkinson's disease in 2009 with those goals in mind. Less than two ...

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March is Kidney Awareness Month!

This month, take a few minutes to appreciate your kidneys. These workhorses filter wastes, toxins and excess fluids from the blood, regulate the balance of ions and other chemicals in your body, and release hormones important for blood production, blood pressure regulation, and calcium balance. Given all ...

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Location, Location, Location: Did Humans Start Out in Southern Africa?

by Mike Macpherson, Shirley Wu, and Joanna Mountain A young Hadza hunter From just flecks of bone and specks of DNA, scientists have been able to piece together a story of the origin of our species. That story, by most accounts, begins in eastern Africa 100-200,000 years ago. After all, multiple lines of ...

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23andMe Presents at FDA Advisory Panel Meeting on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Tests

Editor's note: This post has been altered from the original. The slides from the presentation have been removed. 23andMe, like many others, believes that individuals have a right to access their own genetic information and that personal genetics will pave the way for significant advances in healthcare. ...

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Stuttering in the Spotlight

Many films have portrayed characters who stutter, but stuttering itself has rarely been the subject of a popular movie. That all changed with The King’s Speech, which made headlines last weekend at the 83rd annual Academy Awards and swept four of the most coveted award categories (Best Picture, Best Director, ...

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A Sarcoma Community Update and Survivor Story

There is strength in numbers. With the help of our participants, we are well on our way to achieving our 1,000 person Sarcoma Community milestone. Thank you! We have over 500 individuals who have joined our sarcoma group from all over the world and with ties to several different patient organizations. Just ...

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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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SNPwatch: Association Between FTO Variant and Obesity Depends on Age and Impacts Development

Obesity is an enormous public health concern in the United States, affecting about 33% of adults and 20% of children and adolescents. While lifestyle and environmental factors play an undeniable role in whether an individual becomes obese, researchers have also uncovered common genetic variants that influence ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variant Associated with Breast Density

Mammography is a common imaging method used to screen for breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. The result of a mammogram is a simple black and white image of the tissues that make up the breast. But even an image displaying apparently healthy breast tissue may still show signs that could be ...

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