Health and Traits

23andMedical History

February 14, 2013
A new study by researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital draws attention to the value of online resources to document family medical history. 23andMe customers can record their family...
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A New Health Report To Take To Heart

February 08, 2013
Editor’s note: This post has been edited from its original to reflect changes in our product. What are you doing this month to celebrate matters of the heart? No, we’re...
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Genetics and a Healthy Heart

February 06, 2013
February is American Heart Month and a time to focus on what remains the nation’s number one killer – heart disease – which is responsible for one in three deaths...
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Your Lifestyle, Your Health, Your Genes

January 30, 2013
There are lots of things we can’t change, but our lifestyle isn’t one of them. Good thing, too  – our weight, nutrition habits, and exercise behaviors impact us beyond whether...
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Do You Know How You’ll Respond to Thiopurine Medications?

January 15, 2013
Some of the more common thiopurine drugs: 6-Thioguanine (Lanvis ®) 6-Mercaptopurine (Purinethol ®) Azathioprine (Azasan ®, Imuran ®) You may lack the enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) and not even know...
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November 28, 2012
Earlier this month Public Health Genomics published a paper by a team of Swiss researchers that reinforces the growing body of work showing consumers’ positive experiences with personal genetic testing....
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Noninvasive Sequencing of a Human Fetus

November 26, 2012
The story first broke in the summer of 2012 – two separate research groups, one from the University of Washington and the other from Stanford, announced within weeks of each...
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The Complex Genetic Architecture Underlying Human Differences

November 15, 2012
You’d be forgiven for assuming your height has nothing to do with the curl of your hair or how flexible you are, but physical traits can sometimes have unexpected connections....
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A Genetic Variant Protective Against Alzheimer’s

October 24, 2012
Editor’s note: This post has been edited from its original to reflect changes in our product. This past summer researchers announced they’d discovered a rare genetic variant that may be...
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Blood Thinners and the Genetics Behind Drug Response

October 02, 2012
A study in the journal Lancet regarding a new blood thinning drug brings to mind the difficulty doctors and patients have in using anticoagulants to prevent clots that could otherwise...
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