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A Leader in Parkinson’s Research

April 25, 2012
If you were facing a daunting diagnosis you would want the news to come from someone like Dr. J. William Langston. Engaged and intelligent, he has the kind of optimism you don’t expect from a physician who has spent decades working to unravel the complexities of Parkinson’s disease. Langston, who was recently honored with a prestigious award for his contributions to Parkinson's research, stopped by our office to talk about the state of the science of Parkinson’s and share a little about his career in the process.
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An Astronaut Tells His Secret

April 16, 2012
Astronaut Rich Clifford spent his life facing huge challenges but the biggest challenge would come in the form of Parkinson's disease. His story is the subject of a soon-to-be completed documentary, "The Astronaut's Secret".
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Behind the Scenes with PBS’s Finding Your Roots

March 19, 2012
As a PBS cameraman recorded the scene, 23andMe scientist Mike Macpherson drew lines connecting photographs of about two dozen celebrities to one another while Henry Louis Gates Jr. riffed on what...
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Did You Know? DNA Can Offer Clues about Irish Ancestry.

March 16, 2012
Editor’s note: This post has been edited to reflect changes to the 23andMe ancestry product. Nearly 37 million Americans claim to have Irish heritage according to a national survey conducted...
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Talking about Sarcoma with George Demetri

March 12, 2012
On a recent visit to 23andMe George Demetri –a physician and scientist who is an unpaid advisor to our Sarcoma research initiative – sat down for a short interview after...
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Silver Linings in Rare Disease

March 07, 2012
Luck is not the word you typically associate with a cancer diagnosis or even a heightened risk of cancer, but some people can see a silver lining even in the...
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Did You Know? It’s Not so Rare to Have a Rare Disease

February 29, 2012
We hear a lot about common conditions because so many people have them and in contrast relatively little about rare diseases. But how rare is rare? If you add up all the rare diseases it turns out that about 30 million Americans suffer from a rare disease. That’s nearly 10% of the population – suddenly rare is not so rare! Today is Rare Disease Day, so learn more about how you can help raise awareness.
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23andAli

February 21, 2012
At a Las Vegas gala celebrating Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday, we premièred the video "Give Us Your Hand," featuring the boxing legend and his involvement with 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Disease Research Initiative. Emily Drabant and Melissa Del Sol share their experiences in Parkinson's research and making this inspirational video with "The Greatest".
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More at ICHG/ASHG: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Health and Ancestry

October 13, 2011
Not all of our scientific contributions are in the realm of genetic associations; we also spend a lot of time thinking about unique methods for analyzing and evaluating data, not just to investigate pressing scientific questions of relevance to our product, but to provide a comprehensive service that continuously evolves as the science does. During the poster session at ICHG/ASHG on Friday, 23andMe scientists discuss some of the nuts and bolts of Ancestry Finder and evaluating scientific studies for inclusion in our Health reports.
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A Recipe for Disease Research: Give People Tools, Add Passion, and Shake

July 06, 2011
[Update: View a video recap of Sarcoma Community Night at http://www.23andme.com/sarcoma/] Three. That was the average number of patients enrolled in studies for sarcoma four years ago when Nathalie Criou,...
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