Back-to-School: The Genetics of Learning from Your Mistakes

September 11, 2012
For back-to-school month we’re running a series of posts on genetic factors that may impact learning. Here we describe a variant that may influence a person’s ability to learn from...
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Genetics 101 Quiz Extended

September 10, 2012
Attention all students! We’re extending the Genetics 101 quiz through Sunday, September 16th to give everyone plenty of time to brush up on their genetics and earn a chance to...
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Back-to-School: Genetics 101

September 07, 2012
Our Hero Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk and biologist, worked out the pattern of inheritance of various traits. He showed that a “dominant” trait is one that always shows up...
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The Connection Between Air Travel and Blood Clots

August 08, 2012
Are you a jetsetter? Long-distance air travel increases a person’s odds of developing a blood clot, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and dubbed in the media as...
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The Molecular Barcode of Cancer – Targeting Treatment to Patient

August 06, 2012
Changes in DNA Underlie Cancer Cancer develops when normal cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably because of “mistakes” in the DNA code. DNA (a copy of which is...
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Incorporating Technology and DNA Testing into Clinical Trials

August 03, 2012
Many expensive clinical trials fail because the therapy causes harmful side effects in some or all participants or the drug isn’t effective across the board. Genetics may explain differences in...
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Updated Results for Hereditary Hemochromatosis

July 27, 2012
Editor’s Note: This post does not reflect the current product offering for customers in the United States. Mutations in the HFE gene cause most forms of hereditary hemochromatosis – a...
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Three Genes for Blood Clots

July 26, 2012
Numerous factors increase a person’s risk for developing blood clots in deep veins, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE starts with the formation of a blood clot...
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Learning About My Risk For Iron Overload

July 23, 2012
Bethann is a Health Content Scientist at 23andMe and regular contributor to the Spittoon. The following is her story about finding out she has a genetic condition that puts her...
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The Iron Scale: Factors Tipping Towards Overload

July 11, 2012
Some of us may have grown up thinking that spinach is a good source of iron, but this isn’t exactly true. It’s been said that a report from the 1800’s...
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