Team 23andMe will again have a strong presence at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics.
We’ve been at this gathering of geneticists and those interested in human genetics ever since 23andMe launched, but this year with the 62nd annual meeting being held in San Francisco – sort of our backyard – we’ll be there en masse. Each year the annual meeting attracts the best and brightest in human genetics with thought-provoking displays of research results and stimulating discussions. This year is no different and more than 6,000 people are expected to attend over the four days starting on November 6th.
Along with the 24 scientific sessions – including panel discussions featuring our Senior Director of Research Dr. Joanna Mountain, who will discuss research partnerships between academics and private companies, and Science Content Manager Dr. Shirley Wu, who will speak on the use of social media in research – there are also 400 presentations drawn from abstracts submitted by scientists from around the world.
This year 23andMe submitted almost two dozen abstracts on a wide range of topics including our groundbreaking and first-ever genome-wide association study on sexual orientation, as well as preliminary findings from our Exome Pilot, which is the first exome sequencing offered directly to consumers. (We will link to these abstracts when they’re available on the ASHG website.)
Also reported in one of the abstracts are some of our findings from a full-genome sequencing project on 50 people with the LRRK2 G2019S mutation associated with Parkinson’s disease. We’ll also have details of a study that looks at an association with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes. Being 23andMe we also have some less serious – but no less interesting – abstracts looking at such things as genetic associations with motion sickness, over 250 genetic associations with common traits such as baldness and unibrow, whether DNA can explain why some women get stretchmarks and others don’t, as well as why some people love cilantro and others think it tastes like soap. We’re pretty excited by the upcoming conference.
We are particularly proud of our colleague, Dr. Uta Francke, who will deliver a presentation as recipient of the 2012 ASHG William Allan Award. As always the gathering will not just be a chance for us to present some of the interesting results from our research, but also to learn from others. There’s some fun stuff too, including a symposium on “Human Genetics in Contemporary Poetry, Fiction, and Art: How Humanists View our World,” and meeting will close with a forward looking symposium on the future of human genetics.
The preliminary 2012 Meeting schedule is now available. While we can’t wait for the meeting, we’re even more excited about sharing some of the interesting findings and breakthroughs we’ve made with the help of our customers. In the coming weeks we’ll collect information on all the 23andMe presentations onto a single web page so you can find them easily. Stay tuned for more information about 23andMe’s presence at ASHG.
We’ll have a booth in the Exhibit Hall, and knowing our scientists, they’ll manage to squeeze a party in there too.