SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

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 women who suffer from migraine headaches, these long, recurring episodes can include more than just throbbing pain: vomiting, chills, ...

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Lessons at Berkeley: Genetics and Beyond

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 an AA, AG, or GG at a specific site near the LCT gene, along with similar information for the ALDH2 and MTHFR genes.  Time and ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

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.  Excessive alcohol consumption and obesity have long been linked to HCC, but the main cause of the disease is chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) ...

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What DTC Genetic Testing Can—and Can’t—Tell You

This week, Mary Carmichael of Newsweek is exploring the world of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing and deciding whether or not she'd like to find out about her own DNA information. 23andMe was asked to contribute a short piece on what you can—and can't—learn from services such as ours.  We were more ...

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GAO Studies Science Non-Scientifically

As we posted here on the Spittoon yesterday, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health.” Central to this hearing was an investigation by ...

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Update on Congressional Hearing on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

This morning the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health.”  PDFs of written testimony submitted for the record and a link to the webcast of the ...

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Absence of Evidence Is Not Evidence of Absence: Understanding What Genetic Testing Can (And Can’t) Tell You

Earlier today science writer Ed Yong wrote about his experience with 23andMe over at his blog, Not Exactly Rocket Science.  In this piece, he said that his 23andMe results showed that if he procreated with another science writer named Mark Henderson (a joke, as both are male), their child would not have ...

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23andMe at FDA/CDRH Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs)

The FDA/CDRH Public Meeting on Oversight of Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs) took place yesterday and today (July 19 and 20) in Washington, DC. Webcasts of both days will be available from the FDA for the next year. 23andMe's President and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki spoke about the promise and power of ...

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Congressional Hearing on Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing

On Thursday, July 22, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce will hold a hearing on "Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing and the Consequences to the Public Health." The hearing begins 9:30 a.m. EDT and will take place in Room 2123, ...

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Consumer Genomics Policy Forum Sponsored by 23andMe

On Wednesday July 14, 23andMe and California State Senator Alex Padilla co-hosted a day-long policy forum entitled "Genomics and the Consumer: The Present and Future of Personalized Medicine." The approximately 150 people in attendance—lawyers, scientists, ethicists, business people, elected officials and ...

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