Category: 23andMe Research

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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Milestones in the Fight Against Parkinson’s Disease

It's been an exciting year for research on Parkinson's disease. In March, scientists from Stanford were able to recreate features of the disease in a petri dish using cells from a Parkinson's patient. In June, we published a paper in PLoS Genetics detailing our discovery of two novel genetic associations with ...

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SNPWatch: New Genetic Associations For Testosterone Levels in Men

Testosterone sometimes gets a bad rap. Although scientists no longer demonize it as the “aggression hormone,” its use is still considered a form of illegal “doping” in most sports. Setting controversies aside, this hormone certainly plays important roles in health and development. During puberty in boys, ...

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What European DNA Can Say About Ancestry, Disease Risk, and Cultural Traits

All the drama in the European Union right now — the debt crisis, the North-South divide and the kvetching over the wisdom of a common currency — has reignited talk about the cultural divide between people on the continent. But is the divide more than a political and cultural one? Is there a deeper ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Associated with Type 2 Diabetes in South Asians and Europeans

Type 2 diabetes is characterized by very high levels of sugar in the blood and is the most common form of diabetes. Although eating rich food and leading a sedentary lifestyle contribute to the development of this disease, genetics also play a role. For reasons unclear to researchers, people of South Asian ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variation is in the Eye of the Beholder

Your iris (the colored part of the eye) can tell a lot about you. Like your fingerprint, the patterns on your iris are complex and unique. Because of this, iris recognition is used in some countries for national identification systems and to automate border crossings. Although we know that no two irises ...

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More at ICHG/ASHG: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Health and Ancestry

If you're just joining us, our scientists are busy this week presenting findings from our research at ICHG/ASHG 2011 in Montreal. But not all of our scientific contributions are in the realm of genetic associations. As some of our other conference posters have shown, we also spend a lot of time thinking about ...

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23andMe Scientists Share Novel Findings From Our Research Platform at ICHG/ASHG 2011

Attending ICHG/ASHG? Don't forget to come to Les 3 Brasseurs tonight for a chance to win an exome (and drinks on us)! In our last post, we announced four of the posters 23andMe scientists will be presenting in Montreal this week describing characteristics of our database and research platform. With the help ...

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23andMe Scientists Head to Montreal for ICHG/ASHG, Eh

The joint 12th International Congress of Human Genetics and 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics held this week in Montreal is expected to draw more than 7,000 attendees over five days. Joining the throng will be about a dozen scientists from 23andMe. We’ll be there presenting a ...

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