23andMe and you

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? One in Twelve African Americans has Sickle Cell Trait

February 14, 2012
In the United States alone, about 100,000 people have sickle cell disease and roughly one in 500 black or African-American babies is born with it. The genetic mutation underlying this condition causes red blood cells to take on a "sickle" shape, which makes it harder to deliver oxygen to certain parts of the body. But why would a mutation that causes a harmful disease survive through evolution to the high frequency with which we observe it today?
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Making Connections with Relative Finder

August 19, 2011
Not all the discoveries made on 23andMe are quite as profound as Neil Schwartzman finding his half-sister and mother, but even when 23andMe’s Relative Finder links distant cousins together those...
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“When People Share their Genome on Facebook”

June 23, 2011
Whether they’re over-sharing or taking bold action in the name of science, people who willingly make their genome public are pushing researchers, policy-makers and others to tackle hefty issues with...
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Upgrading to the New Chip? What to Expect.

January 27, 2011
When we announced the release of our newest genotyping platform and offered an extended holiday sale last year, people who had been waiting for an affordable opportunity to get a...
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Health at 23andMe: The Circus of Human Traits

January 17, 2011
Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: Old Roots and New Horizons

October 29, 2010
Sheridan* can hardly believe that in just a couple of weeks, she’s learned something about her deep ancestry on her mother’s side, placed herself genetically among the different populations of...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: Finding Connections

October 22, 2010
In our last post, Sheridan* responded to her potential fifth cousin Akina and discovered that she has a potential second cousin through 23andMe’s Relative Finder feature. All of this is...
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Ancestry at 23andMe: Sheridan’s Got Relatives

October 15, 2010
We’ve been following Sheridan’s* journey through the ancestry features at 23andMe over the last few weeks. Because she was adopted with no record of her biological parents, every piece of...
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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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