Health and Traits

Back to School Smarts and Genetics

August 30, 2012
Editor’s note: This post has been edited from the original to reflect changes in our product. If you want to stir up trouble, start talking about the role genetics plays...
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Autism Study Reveals No Genetic Associations

August 29, 2012
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include everything from the relatively mild Asperger syndrome (characterized by more mild social and language impairments) to full-fledged autism (characterized by severe social and communicative handicaps,...
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Crowdsourcing Health Conditions

August 27, 2012
Click on the image above for the interactive visualization. Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post....
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Yakking about Yaks

August 15, 2012
You may not think very much about yaks, but Tibetans do. The domestic yak is crucial for their survival on the harsh Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. The yak provides meat, milk and,...
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Canine Olympians

August 09, 2012
Watching the Olympics, I am awed by the athleticism of the contestants: they compete with strength, skill and coordination that I could hardly dream of possessing. Certainly hard work and...
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The Connection Between Air Travel and Blood Clots

August 08, 2012
Are you a jetsetter? Long-distance air travel increases a person’s odds of developing a blood clot, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE) and dubbed in the media as...
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The Molecular Barcode of Cancer – Targeting Treatment to Patient

August 06, 2012
Changes in DNA Underlie Cancer Cancer develops when normal cells in the body grow and reproduce uncontrollably because of “mistakes” in the DNA code. DNA (a copy of which is...
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Updated Results for Hereditary Hemochromatosis

July 27, 2012
Editor’s Note: This post does not reflect the current product offering for customers in the United States. Mutations in the HFE gene cause most forms of hereditary hemochromatosis – a...
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Three Genes for Blood Clots

July 26, 2012
Numerous factors increase a person’s risk for developing blood clots in deep veins, a condition known medically as venous thromboembolism (VTE). VTE starts with the formation of a blood clot...
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Learning About My Risk For Iron Overload

July 23, 2012
Bethann is a Health Content Scientist at 23andMe and regular contributor to the Spittoon. The following is her story about finding out she has a genetic condition that puts her...
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