Category: 23andMe Research

An Update On Our Parkinson’s Research Community

At 23andMe, we are committed to advancing understanding of human health and disease, and to giving everyone an opportunity to participate in scientific research that is meaningful for them. We launched our first research community focused on Parkinson's disease in 2009 with those goals in mind. Less than two ...

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A Sarcoma Community Update and Survivor Story

There is strength in numbers. With the help of our participants, we are well on our way to achieving our 1,000 person Sarcoma Community milestone. Thank you! We have over 500 individuals who have joined our sarcoma group from all over the world and with ties to several different patient organizations. Just ...

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SNPwatch: Association Between FTO Variant and Obesity Depends on Age and Impacts Development

Obesity is an enormous public health concern in the United States, affecting about 33% of adults and 20% of children and adolescents. While lifestyle and environmental factors play an undeniable role in whether an individual becomes obese, researchers have also uncovered common genetic variants that influence ...

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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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