SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Associated with Autoimmune Form of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss many people are unfamiliar with, although the condition affects more than five million people in the United States.  Unlike male (or, more rarely, female) pattern baldness, which is thought to be caused by hormones, alopecia areata results from an autoimmune attack on ...

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SNPwatch: Four More DNA Variations Linked to Testicular Cancer

British researchers have identified four new genetic variants that may influence a male's risk for testicular cancer.  These results, published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, along with variations in three genetic regions previously identified by the same group, are beginning to shed some light on ...

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23andMe Publishes in PLoS Genetics, Validates New Research Paradigm

23andMe is proud to announce the first publication to come out of 23andWe, our novel participant-driven research program.  Our results, which encompass replications of previous findings as well as newly discovered associations, appear online today in PLoS Genetics. 23andWe is a web-based research framework ...

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23andMe Improves Research Consent Process

Today, 23andMe is pleased to announce that we have received institutional review board (IRB) approval for our research protocol and an accompanying revised Consent Document.  This approval reaffirms that all 23andMe research efforts intended for publication protect the interests of our customers.  Our ...

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23andMe and a New Paradigm for Research

As highlighted in Thomas Goetz's new Wired article "Sergey's Search," 23andMe's innovative web-based research platform is pushing Parkinson's disease research ahead at an unprecedented pace.  With our database clocking in at 50,000 genotyped customers—a number that grows everyday—we're poised to make exciting ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count has a strong genetic component and researchers have already identified some genetic variants that influence the trait. In a new study ...

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Understanding GINA

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, or GINA, is U.S. federal legislation that protects Americans from discrimination (in health insurance and employment decisions) on the basis of genetic information. GINA was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 21, 2008. The Genetic ...

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Update from 23andMe

We recently determined that a number of new 23andMe customer samples were incorrectly processed by our contracted lab. We want to clarify what happened with the sample errors, how it happened and what we're doing to prevent it from happening again. Providing each and every one of our customers with ...

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SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.  It is rare in most areas of the world—affecting only about 1 in every 100,000 people—but about 25 times more common in southern China, earning it the name "Cantonese Cancer."  NPC rates are also high in southeastern Asia, ...

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Letter from Committee on Energy and Commerce

Today 23andMe received a letter from the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives asking that along with Navigenics and Pathway Genomics, we provide information about our genetic testing services. The letter was signed by Congressmen Henry A. Waxman from California, ...

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