Category: 23andMe Research

Studies of Extreme Longevity Extremely Challenging

By David Hinds, Chuong Do, and Shirley Wu In January we wrote about the challenging search for genetic influences on human longevity, touching on two of the most recent studies as examples of how elusive solid findings have been. Because one of these studies was a new version of a paper that was previously ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Linked to Male Infertility in Asians

Many couples who would like to start a family have difficulty doing so.  This disappointing and frustrating situation is more common than many people realize, affecting approximately one couple out of six worldwide. Given that female infertility issues receive so much attention, it may surprise some to learn ...

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SNPwatch: KIF6 Tangos with LDL Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

LDL is the “bad” cholesterol that clogs arteries and is linked to coronary heart disease. Although people can do a lot to lower LDL levels and prevent heart disease — eating healthy, exercising, and taking certain medications — it’s also likely that genetics influences the relationship between LDL and heart ...

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Stories on Every Branch of the Family Tree

Every family has its stories. We just don’t know them all. That’s where genealogy comes in. Through census and military records, notes in family bibles, or conversations with older relatives we can recover some of those family histories. But where memories and traditional paper records fail, we now have a new ...

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The Ancestry Link For Atrial Fibrillation Risk

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a common heart rhythm disorder that, while not usually life-threatening on its own, can lead to more serious complications such as heart attack and stroke. AF can be caused by underlying heart problems but high blood pressure, being overweight, and having type 2 diabetes also ...

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SNPwatch: We Care a Lot

Oxytocin is Greek for “swift birth,” but this hormone — which helps induce labor and promote lactation — has garnered many other names in the media, from the “cuddle chemical” to the “morality molecule.” The “pro-social” effects of oxytocin on humans has become the subject of innumerable studies of varied ...

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SNPwatch: Eating Veggies Can Decrease Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

For some, eating a doughnut every morning is a recipe for heart attack. For others, the doughnut doesn’t seem to matter—it’s almost as if certain individuals can’t get heart disease even if they try. The flip side is that people who are predisposed to heart disease can make lifestyle changes, in this example ...

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SNPWatch: Taking Stock of Dengue Shock

We all know that mosquitoes can be annoying. In many parts of the world, however, mosquitoes are more than just annoying--they are killers. Most people have heard of the mosquito-transmitted disease malaria, which has recently received much publicity through the work of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation ...

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23andMe’s MPN Initiative Welcomes Dr. Ruben Mesa as Scientific Advisor

In just three months, 23andMe’s Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN) Research Initiative has grown to more than 330 active participants. Our Scientific Advisory Board has grown as well with another prestigious scientist, Dr. Ruben Mesa, joining Dr. Jason Gotlib and Dr. James Zehnder from the Stanford University ...

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23andMe and Montreal: Reflections From ICHG 2011

Congratulations to Diana Cousminer, the winner of our Exome Giveaway!* Hailing from Finland, Diana is extremely excited to be one of the first people to have her exome sequenced. "I felt like a huge geek because no one at home understood what I had won or why I was so fired up until I explained what an ...

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