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Sharing and Protecting Your Genetic Information

By James Rathmell, 23andMe Privacy Fellow Our mission at 23andMe is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. One way we do this is by giving community members the ability to connect with distant and close genetic relatives with our sharing tools. We have two main tools you can use ...

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Know Your Family Health History

When managing your own health, it helps to know your history, or more specifically your family health history. You don’t just inherit your good looks from your parents or those who came before you. Sometimes, serious health conditions are passed down through the generations. Both common and rare diseases ...

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Brain Game

We assume that, like a knife dulled by repeated use, as we age our brain loses the sharp edge of youth, but the truth is more complicated than that. Some brain functions get worse; some get better. Looking to add another layer of data for scientists studying the relationship between genetics, aging and ...

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Updates to 23andMe Paternal Haplogroup Assignments

With the holiday season upon us, 23andMe is sprucing up its paternal haplogroup tree! With 23andMe population geneticist and Y-chromosome expert David Poznik at the lead, we’ve updated our Haplogroups Report to reflect significant developments in the field over the past few years. We’re also excited to ...

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World Diabetes Day

Like many of the world’s most vexing health problems, the simplest of strategies could go a long way in combating the scourge of Type 2 diabetes. As World Diabetes Day fast approaches, we thought we’d take a moment to bring a little more awareness to this chronic disease that affects more than 400 million ...

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In A Heartbeat

A team of researchers found more than 60 genetic variants associated with resting heart rate, a known predictor of overall mortality. In the new study published in the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers, led by scientists from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, noted that ...

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New Neanderthal Research

As modern humans migrated out of Africa they interbred with Neanderthals, so all non-Africans carry some remnant of those ancient encounters, and new research by scientists at the University of California, Davis, shows how natural selection has purged all but the smallest bits of that ancient DNA. In one ...

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New Research on Menstrual Cramps

Researchers have identified a genetic variant associated with severe menstrual cramps. This is the first genome-wide association study of this form of chronic pain. Known as dysmenorrhea, it is the most common gynecological condition among women over 18 and can be debilitating in certain ...

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Waiting on Baby

As part of a massive study that includes the contributions from scores of researchers across the globe, scientists have found a dozen genetic markers linked to fertility, offering hope to the more than 48 million couples worldwide who struggle to conceive. Published today the research is the largest ...

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23andMe Reaches Enrollment Goal for Lupus Research

23andMe reached another milestone earlier this month by completing enrollment in what is now one of the largest genetic studies of lupus in the world. As part of the Lupus Research Study, 23andMe and its collaborator in this study, Pfizer, Inc., have enrolled 5,000 people with lupus. Using genetic and ...

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