Category: 23andMe Research

SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variant Associated with Breast Density

Mammography is a common imaging method used to screen for breast cancer, the second most common cancer in women. The result of a mammogram is a simple black and white image of the tissues that make up the breast. But even an image displaying apparently healthy breast tissue may still show signs that could be ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Risk Variants Shared by Crohn’s Disease and Celiac Disease

Imagine if the simple act of eating triggered your immune system to mistakenly mount an attack inside your own body. Nearly three million people with Crohn’s or celiac disease face this distinct possibility every day in the United States, and they quickly learn that specific foods lead to a debilitating ...

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Our Top Ten for 2010

2010 was a big year in more ways than one! Research uncovered more genetic variants associated with common diseases, fascinating portraits of our early ancestors, and new insights into the genetic diversity of modern populations. And on top of all that, 23andMe published its first research discoveries, ...

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23andMe Launches Its First NIH Funded Study

  By Amy Kiefer and Kim Barnholt 23andMe is excited to announce the launch of our first National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research project. In the fall of 2010, 23andMe received a NIH Small Business Innovative Research Grant (SBIR) to validate our web-based approach to pharmacogenomics ...

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23andWe Research Update: Something Old and Something New

One of 23andMe’s core missions is to accelerate the pace of scientific research and contribute to our understanding of the genetic basis of human health and traits. Central to this mission is our growing database of genotyped customers who have consented to allow us to incorporate their genetic data and ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Variant Linked to Chronic Pain

If you’ve ever stubbed your toe, given yourself a paper cut, or burned yourself on a hot stove, you’re very familiar with the intense -- but temporary -- feelings of acute pain. Chronic pain, on the other hand, can persist for years, usually precipitated by a significant injury. Older people and those with ...

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How Do People React to Personal Genetic Information? Themes From the American Society of Human Genetics Meeting

During his presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG), National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins was open about his genotype at the TCF7L2 marker associated with diabetes, noting that he has the “riskier” TT genotype.  Such openness about personal ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Common Genetic Variants Associated with Early Menopause Risk

When is the best time to start a family? In making this decision, each woman must weigh external factors against her internal biological clock. In Caucasian women, menopause occurs around 51 years of age, with a normal range between 40 and 60 years. Although post-menopausal infertility is widely recognized, ...

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23andMe Research Team Presents Findings at International Human Genetics Meeting

By Kim Barnholt and Amy Kiefer It’s an exciting week for 23andMe! A number of our research scientists have headed to Washington, D.C. to showcase some of our research discoveries at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG). ASHG is the primary professional membership organization ...

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SNPwatch: Breathe Easier…New Insights From Asthma Research

Coughing, wheezing, lungs encased in steel (or so they seem) ... asthma makes breathing a challenge for nearly 25 million Americans of all ages. Despite the overwhelming number of people affected, this disease continues to be difficult to understand and to treat. Asthma is divided into two main categories ...

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