Category: 23andMe Research

Genetic variants found to Influence multiple traits and conditions

Researchers know that certain genes, or more accurately regions in our genes, are multitaskers, influencing a wide variety of traits and conditions that range from such things as the size of our noses to our susceptibility to childhood ear infections to our risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study led by ...

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Genetic variants linked to education level

In what is the largest-ever genome wide association study for social science, researchers found more than 70 genetic variants associated with educational attainment — the number of years individuals spent in school or university. Many of the variants found were also in genes or gene regions associated with ...

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Learn About Our Lupus Research

With the start of Lupus Awareness Month, we’re offering up a snapshot of our growing lupus research community and one of the many people who has joined to make the work possible. Since we launched our Lupus Research Study we’re already more than halfway to reaching our goal of enrolling 5,000 people living ...

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Why Study the Y?

In the largest study of genetic variation within the human Y chromosome, an international team of scientists has traced back branches of the male line almost 200,000 years, revealing points in history of major population expansions that appear to correspond to eras of innovation and human migration. David ...

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The Genetics of Twinning

An international team of scientists has identified two genetic variants that influence the odds of a mother having natural fraternal, non-identical, twins. The findings also offer more insight into female fertility and ovarian function as one of the variants is near a gene called FSHB that plays a role ...

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Everyday Hero

There are many faces of Parkinson’s, Claudia’s just happens to be smiling most of the time. “I’m an optimistic person,” said the mother of two teenage boys who lives with her family in Illinois. She’s also one of the 11,000 people with the disease that make up 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community — ...

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The role of genetics in well-being

In one of the largest-ever genome wide association study for behavioral traits, researchers have found three genetic variants associated with a person’s sense of well-being. The study published this week in the journal Nature Genetics, also looked at genetic associations with depression and what is called ...

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A Conversation with 23andMe’s Kasia Bryc

This interview is part of an occasional series of profiles introducing you to some of 23andMe’s scientists behind 23andMe’s research. Senior Scientist and Population Geneticist Kasia Bryc is originally from Lublin, Poland, but grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. As an undergraduate Kasia studied mathematics and ...

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The identification of individuals resilient to genetic diseases

Perhaps you or someone you know is a genetic superhero and simply doesn’t know it yet. A new paper by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai’s Department of Genetics and Genomics, found more than a dozen individuals who based on their genetics should have developed one of eight severe ...

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23andMe Scientists Improving Diversity in Genetic Research

The National Institutes of Health has funded a promising new study by scientists here at 23andMe that could help alleviate some of the existing disparities in genetics research between  people of European and non-European ancestry. Some estimates show that more than 90 percent of the research into the ...

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