Egg Hunt: New Research on Female Fertility

June 27, 2012
As a woman ages her fertility naturally declines such that by the time she reaches menopause her “ovarian reserve” is depleted, meaning that she has few to no eggs – oocytes – remaining in her ovaries. In the first genetic study on this topic, researchers have identified some potential markers for ovarian reserve, both genetic and non-genetic.
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French-Canadian Ancestry and Relevant Health Conditions

June 22, 2012
“Québécois” will likely be celebrating John the Baptist and French-Canadian heritage on June 24th with lively parties, parades and bonfires. At 23andMe we’re paying tribute to French-Canadian ancestry by highlighting the interesting history of this region and new relevant health reports.
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Sneezing on Summer Solstice?

June 20, 2012
Today is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere and with more light around people with the “ACHOO syndrome” might be sneezing a lot. Do you have this strange but not uncommon reflex? It may be partly due to your genes!
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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19, 2012
June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. About one in 12 people with African ancestry in the U.S. carries a copy of the mutation causing sickle cell disease. Do you?
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SNPwatch: Novel Genetic Factors for Crohn’s Disease Identified for Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry

May 24, 2012
As a group, Ashkenazi Jews have distinct genetic characteristics that carry important implications for health. In addition to having higher rates of certain rare genetic disorders, people with Ashkenazi ancestry are also at increased risk for some complex conditions like Crohn's disease. A recent study highlights genetic factors associated with Crohn's disease in Ashkenazi Jewish populations.
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The “Uniqueness” of Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry is Important for Health

May 22, 2012
Ashkenazi Jews are one group that fall under the umbrella of “European”, but it’s clear from numerous studies that they’re genetically unique and distinct from the European population at large.
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Cancer Touches Everyone

May 21, 2012
23andMe is passionate about fighting cancer. We recently launched a Cancer Family History survey and within two months more than 20,000 customers have answered! We're already learning some very interesting things -- read on.
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From Menarche to Menopause

May 14, 2012
Two universal milestones in a woman’s life are menarche, the first menstrual period in girls, and menopause, when menstruation stops. Research suggests that the age at which menarche and menopause occur is about 50% influenced by genetics.
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Thanks for the Mito Mom!

May 12, 2012
Mothers are special on so many levels. We cherish them for loving us and imparting important life lessons… and for giving us mitochondria (or “mito” for short)! Mitochondria are small,...
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Gaining Perspective on Metastatic Breast Cancer

May 08, 2012
A few of us from 23andMe attended the 6th Annual Conference for Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer two weekends ago in Philadelphia. This national conference is put on by...
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