Zero in on Mexican Ancestry on Cinco de Mayo

May 05, 2012
Today is Cinco de Mayo. This day commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France in the Battle of Puebla (not Mexican independence day as is commonly believed), but is...
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23andMe and Parkinson’s: Past, Present, and Future

May 01, 2012
About 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s and about 50,000 new patients are diagnosed each year. 23andMe has provided genetic results for Parkinson’s to customers since 2008 and yesterday we added five more factors to our report.
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Did You Know? Genetics Might Influence “March Madness”

March 26, 2012
It’s that time of year again -- March Madness. Some of you may be baffled by how much energy and money Americans invest in sporting events, but those who participate will expound on the excitement of watching spectacular athletes and the thrill of competition, or simply the fun of betting on the outcome. Investigating the different angles of March Madness also turns out to be pretty interesting from a genetic perspective.
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Health Watch: New Year’s Resolutions, Reproduction and Rare Diseases

March 21, 2012
Like many people around the world, the health content team at 23andMe rang in 2012 with resolutions of staying healthy and it seemed fitting to delve into the genetics underlying...
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Did You Know? DNA Can Offer Clues about Irish Ancestry.

March 16, 2012
Editor’s note: This post has been edited to reflect changes to the 23andMe ancestry product. Nearly 37 million Americans claim to have Irish heritage according to a national survey conducted...
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SNPwatch: The Jist on JAK2 and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

March 05, 2012
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are a group of rare blood disorders. First characterized in 1951, it wasn't until 2005 that researchers began to uncover clues about the genetic basis of these diseases. An acquired mutation called V617F in the JAK2 gene is present in many people with MPN, and a growing body of research -- including evidence in 23andMe's MPN research cohort -- suggests that relatively common inherited genetic variants may predispose individuals to V617F-positive MPN.
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SNPwatch: New Genetic Insight into the Causes of Eczema

March 02, 2012
Sometimes called the “itch that rashes”, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a relatively common condition, affecting up to one in five children and one in 30 adults. Although atopic dermatitis appears to run in families, the genetics underlying this condition are not well understood. New findings published in December in Nature Genetics by lead author Lavinia Paternoster now add more genetic variants to the picture.
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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

February 29, 2012
We hear a lot about common conditions because so many people have them and in contrast relatively little about rare diseases. But how rare is rare? If you add up all the rare diseases it turns out that about 30 million Americans suffer from a rare disease. That’s nearly 10% of the population – suddenly rare is not so rare! Today is Rare Disease Day, so learn more about how you can help raise awareness.
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Did You Know? Genetic Research Lags for African Americans

February 23, 2012
Although there has been a recent boom in DNA research, little is known about the connection between DNA and disease in African Americans. Since discoveries made in one population aren’t always applicable to other ancestral groups, it is important to carry out additional research. Bridging the gap in research is particularly important for diseases that affect African Americans more than the rest of the population.
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Did You Know? Ancestry is Not So Black and White

February 22, 2012
Data from the 2010 census showed that about 13% of people living in the United States self-identify as African American, but from a genetic point of view, ethnicity isn't so black and white. Most African Americans have genetic ancestry tracing back to both Africa and Europe and many Americans who consider themselves of completely European descent may actually have some African ancestry as well.
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