New Study on Genetics of Common Type of Skin Cancer

With summer upon us many are hitting the beach or pool and taking in some rays. Of course we're also slathering on sunscreen, since with sun exposure comes risk for skin cancer. In the largest-to-date study of the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma,  researchers at Stanford University ...

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Bridging A Family’s Racial Divide

Maria felt conflicted. Here she was celebrating her parents’ 63rd wedding anniversary, and the last thing she wanted to do was upset her elderly mother. But on the flipside she had to ask her. Maria now knew her mother’s secret, a secret that brought up many questions, serious questions. Maria wanted to ...

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Dirt Don’t Hurt

A little farmyard dust might the difference in bolstering against asthma and allergies, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Although the study was very small, it lends some additional evidence to the so-called “hygiene hypothesis.” That theory suggests that the surge in ...

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New Genetic Findings for Rare Blood Cancers

A research study spearheaded by 23andMe has uncovered new genetic associations for a group of rare blood cancers offering insights into these sometimes fatal conditions. Published in the journal Blood earlier this summer, the research identified variants in seven genes associated with myeloprofliferative ...

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A Girl with Guts

At her darkest moment, feeling alone and drained by a daunting disease, Jackie Zimmerman began to write. “This is when things began to change for me,” said Jackie. As she blogged about the isolation of being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and having her large intestine removed, Jackie began to ...

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New Genetic Findings On Depression

In a new study, scientists have found genetic markers associated with depression in people of European descent. In what is by far the largest study of its kind focused on major depressive disorder, researchers from Pfizer, Massachusetts General Hospital and 23andMe identified 17 single nucleotide ...

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International Parkinson’s Meeting News

After four days in Berlin attending the massive annual meeting of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society, 23andMe Parkinson’s Community manager, Paul Cannon, PhD, came back hopeful for the future. The challenge for Paul is distilling the most important takeaways from a meeting that ...

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A List For Midlife

For his big birthday Adam Keim wrote out a to-do list titled — “40 for 40.” It included little things like walking across the Golden Gate Bridge, volunteering for a day, and getting a massage. “These are mostly things I have never done, things I have needed to do, and a few that I haven’t done in a long ...

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Own Your Data: A Right and Responsibility for Better Health

“Citizens worldwide have too long a history of being passive players in health care -- blindly following instructions from providers.” The quote above, taken from a Nature Comment published yesterday by John Wilbanks and Eric Topol, encapsulates my motivation for co-founding 23andMe a little over 10 years ...

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A Lucky Man

By Jonathan Fischer My name is Jonathan Fischer. I was adopted shortly after birth in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Not knowing more than where I was born, I always wondered about my origins and who my parents were. But I was also afraid about what I might find out, so for years I did nothing. Then not too long ...

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