Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Global Origins

October 08, 2010
In her first ancestry foray, Sheridan* learned about her Maternal Line. Through her friend Mesut, she also learned about the Paternal Line feature. But these analyses only told her about...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: Introducing Sheridan

September 29, 2010
Meet Sheridan*. She’s a 27 year old female who signed up for 23andMe during one of our sales. Adopted at eight months, she has no information about her biological roots...
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Guidelines From Professional Human Genetics Societies and 23andMe Policies

September 21, 2010
by Uta Francke, M.D. The European Society of Human Genetics (ESHG) has issued a policy statement on direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing for health-related purposes. Published in the Society’s journal, the...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: What Can You Learn?

September 16, 2010
Genetic testing is not a concept that most people encounter outside of popular TV shows and so when you hear about services such as 23andMe’s, you might be wondering what...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Link Migraine Susceptibility to Genes Involved in Glutamate Regulation

August 31, 2010
Headaches are a pain — literally. But while most people see them as a temporary nuisance, many others find them extremely debilitating. For the 8% of men and 17% of...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Contributing to Melanoma Risk has Different Effects on Mole Count Depending on Age

June 18, 2010
Melanoma is a rare but deadly form of skin cancer. Known risk factors include pale skin, large numbers of moles (also known as nevi), and prolonged sun exposure. Nevus count...
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SNPwatch: Two Studies Connect More Immune System Genes to Rheumatoid Arthritis

May 12, 2010
Rheumatoid arthritis is a common autoimmune disease in which the individual’s own immune system attacks the lining of the joints, causing stiffness and muscle aches. Like other autoimmune diseases, development...
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SNPwatch: Believe It Or Not, Researchers Find Genetic Variant Linked To Gullibility

April 01, 2010
We’ve all fallen for a prank at some point or another — whether it be “hey, your shoe’s untied” or getting surprised at your birthday party after your friend asks...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated With Lone Atrial Fibrillation

February 25, 2010
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting one in four people over the age of 40. While not usually life-threatening on its own, individuals with the...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

December 16, 2009
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...
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