Large Study Reveals Details of African American Genetic Ancestry

As shown in these ancestry paintings from 23andMe, the proportion of African DNA can vary widely for African Americans. A recent study led by Carlos Bustamante of Cornell and Sarah Tishkoff of the University of Pennsylvania has shown that genetically speaking, African American can mean a lot of different ...

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Genetic Analysis Demonstrates Lack of Ethnic Diversity in Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Most Commonly Used In Research

Using a research method very similar to the one used in 23andMe's Global Similarity advanced view feature, researchers have discovered that most of the embryonic stem cell lines currently studied by researchers are derived from European and Middle Eastern populations.  Only two out of 47 were derived from egg ...

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23andMe Labs

In 2009, we added six tools to 23andMe Labs, our technology sandbox where we showcase experimental features. In case you haven't played around with them yet, here's a brief review: Health Labs Reynolds Risk Score This tool calculates a 10-year risk for heart-attack using information including cholesterol ...

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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 2

In our last post we highlighted a few of the coolest (in our opinion!) health-related developments of 2009.  But human genetics isn't all about disease.  Here are a few more favorites: The Romanovs 2009 saw the identification of the remains of the missing members of this Russian royal family, as well as ...

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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 1

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Two More Genetic Variants Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

A new study has identified more common genetic variants associated with increased risk for cleft lip and palate.  Combined with two previous studies, there are now four variations that have been associated with this birth defect that affects about one out of every 700 children born. Clefting results from ...

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New Study Suggests LRRK2 G2019S Mutation Carriers are More Likely to Have Postural Instability and Gait Difficulty Type of Parkinson’s Disease

More than a million Americans have Parkinson’s disease, and another 50,000 are diagnosed each year. There is active research to try to understand this devastating condition, but scientists still don't really know what causes it.  There are no clear environmental triggers for the disease, and genetics doesn’t ...

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23andMe H1N1 Flu Survey: Share Your Experience

By now, you're probably sick of hearing about the 2009 H1N1 flu, also known as the swine flu.  But if you believe you've had it, and you've already recovered from your symptoms, please take a few minutes to complete our new survey. There have been heard reports of people holding "swine flu parties" in ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness in the limbs, muscle weakness, and, in severe cases, disfiguring nodules on the skin. Known since ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected by the disease. Although there is currently no cure for MS, there are treatments that can slow the progression of ...

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