Category: Health and Traits

Our Take On The MTHFR Gene

The methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase gene, more commonly known as MTHFR, is the most asked-about gene by 23andMe customers. Some websites and products have made bold claims that common genetic variants in MTHFR can cause a wide array of health conditions, ranging from blood clots and cancer to autism and ...

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Holiday Party Genetics

Some of the dos and don’t of your annual office holiday party should be kind of obvious — don’t hit on your boss and maybe take it easy on the spiked punch — but knowing how your DNA influences how your body responds to alcohol or sweets might help you navigate the pitfalls of this year’s ...

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Know Your Family Health History

When managing your own health, it helps to know your history, or more specifically your family health history. You don’t just inherit your good looks from your parents or those who came before you. Sometimes, serious health conditions are passed down through the generations. Both common and rare diseases ...

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The Bad News on Good News

In the latest in a series of studies by researchers looking at the impact of direct-to-consumer genetic testing, investigators found that people’s perception of risk was changed much more by a genetic test that showed a decreased risk versus one that reported an increased risk. “You see a much bigger ...

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Chronic Pain and Depression

Your genetics, whether your partner suffers from chronic pain and the environment you share with your partner, all contribute to your own risk for having the condition, according to a new study into the complex mix of environmental and genetic factors that influence both the risk for chronic pain and for ...

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New Study on Genetics of Common Type of Skin Cancer

With summer upon us many are hitting the beach or pool and taking in some rays. Of course we're also slathering on sunscreen, since with sun exposure comes risk for skin cancer. In the largest-to-date study of the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma,  researchers at Stanford University ...

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Dirt Don’t Hurt

A little farmyard dust might the difference in bolstering against asthma and allergies, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Although the study was very small, it lends some additional evidence to the so-called “hygiene hypothesis.” That theory suggests that the surge in ...

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Planning Ahead

There’s a time when all of us settle down, but Robert isn’t there quite yet. He’s 29, single and has a good job as an architect. He’s in no rush, but all the same that hasn’t stopped him from at least thinking about his future and what comes next. In part that’s why he tested with 23andMe. “I was ...

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Study Shows Genetic Variants that 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 Testing Pre-Pregnancy

By Erynn Gordon, MS, LCGC 23andMe's Director of Clinical Development Testing in pregnancy can be a little overwhelming for prospective parents — blood tests, glucose challenge, ultrasounds, fetal nonstress tests. Many of these tests  are offered with little explanation but rather the expectation that ...

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