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On Our Way to 10,000: 23andMe Welcomes First Members of Parkinson’s Disease Community

We've set out to build the world's largest online PD genetics community, and we're thrilled to report that more than 2,000 people have enrolled since the initiative was launched last month. Owing to tremendous support from The Parkinson's Institute and Clinical Center and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, their ...

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New Study Provides More Genetic Evidence for Origins of African Pygmies

Ever since European explorers first came upon the African Pygmies in the mid-19th century, they have fascinated anthropologists and other researchers.  Their short stature (they rarely grow to over 5 feet), unique languages, and distinct genetic signatures have led to much speculation on how such groups of ...

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Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Researchers Tie Variation in Cancer Gene to Winter Temperatures

How can geneticists tell when a genetic difference between two human populations is an accident and when it’s the result of natural selection? As our species moved out of Africa and spread out across the globe, there were a lot of chances for random DNA mutations to occur.  Many of these were neutral – ...

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23andMe Labs Kicks Off With Haplogroup Tree Mutation Mapper

The 23andMe Personal Genome Service™ offers information about customers' maternal and paternal ancestry by examining their mitochondrial DNA (which we all inherit from our mothers) and the Y chromosome (which is passed by fathers to their sons). Over our species' history new genetic variations have arisen ...

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23andMe Launches Pregnancy Community

By 23andMe Co-founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki Every year, 130 million babies are born around the world. Yet little is known about why some women sail through their pregnancies, while others encounter issues such as infertility, miscarriage, pre-term labor, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes. ...

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Family History, In Addition To Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors, Predicts Risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), sometimes called “economy class syndrome” is the formation of a blood clot in a vein deep within the body, usually in the legs.  Not only can DVT be painful, but it can also lead to a potentially fatal condition called pulmonary embolism if the clot breaks free and travels through ...

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Researchers Warn That Physicians Need To Ask About Alcohol “Flushing” To Reduce Esophageal Cancer Risk

No matter what you call it – “flush”, “blush” or “glow” – the red face, nausea and rapid heart beat that many people with Asian ancestry experience when they drink alcohol is more than just a quirk of nature.  Research shows it’s a significant risk factor for esophageal cancer, one of the deadliest ...

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BRCA1/2 Mutations May Decrease Lifespan Even In The Absence of Cancer

BRCA1 and BRCA2 (BRCA1/2) mutations account for most (though not all) cases of inherited breast cancer in women. These mutations are also associated with an increased risk for ovarian cancer. In men, BRCA1/2 mutations increase the risk for breast cancer and may also increase prostate cancer risk.  Research ...

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A New Approach to Research: The 23andMe Parkinson’s Disease Initiative

By 23andMe Co-Founders Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki We started 23andMe with a simple, yet expansive, vision: to take DNA into the mainstream.  In order to demystify genetics, we thought the best approach was to give individuals access to their genomes and help them gain personalized insight into their own ...

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Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Life, Death, and Rebirth of the Human IRGM Gene

Throughout the course of human evolution, there have been plenty of firsts. Small changes in our genetic code have laid the groundwork for our bipedal gait, our large brains, and our ability to speak complex languages. There are countless genes throughout the human genome that distinguish us from our ...

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