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Back-to-School: The Genetics of Learning from Your Mistakes

September 11, 2012
For back-to-school month we’re running a series of posts on genetic factors that may impact learning. Here we describe a variant that may influence a person’s ability to learn from...
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SNPwatch: Novel Genetic Factors for Crohn’s Disease Identified for Ashkenazi Jewish Ancestry

May 24, 2012
As a group, Ashkenazi Jews have distinct genetic characteristics that carry important implications for health. In addition to having higher rates of certain rare genetic disorders, people with Ashkenazi ancestry are also at increased risk for some complex conditions like Crohn's disease. A recent study highlights genetic factors associated with Crohn's disease in Ashkenazi Jewish populations.
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SNPWatch: Do These Genes Make My Brain Look Big?

May 10, 2012
If you have a big head, you may be subjected to a fair bit of teasing, but science may offer you some consolation. People with smaller heads may be at risk for dementia and other cognitive and mental illnesses. Now, scientists have found associations between common genetic variants and measures of head and brain size.
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New genetic variants found to influence risk of hypothyroidism

April 13, 2012
What do media mogul Oprah Winfrey, actress Mary-Louise Parker, and Olympic runner Carl Lewis have in common? All three have been diagnosed with a condition that recently gained "celebrity" status. Not much is known about the genetics of this condition, but 23andMe's latest publication highlights several novel genetic factors discovered through our web-based, participatory research.
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Did You Know? Genetics Might Influence “March Madness”

March 26, 2012
It’s that time of year again -- March Madness. Some of you may be baffled by how much energy and money Americans invest in sporting events, but those who participate will expound on the excitement of watching spectacular athletes and the thrill of competition, or simply the fun of betting on the outcome. Investigating the different angles of March Madness also turns out to be pretty interesting from a genetic perspective.
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SNPWatch: A First For Ewing Sarcoma

March 14, 2012
Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer, is diagnosed in only about 250 children and teenagers in the United States each year. Not much is known about the genetics of Ewing sarcoma but researchers have long suspected a genetic component. Last month, scientists published the first genome-wide association study reporting possible genetic susceptibility factors for Ewing sarcoma.
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SNPwatch: The Jist on JAK2 and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

March 05, 2012
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPN) are a group of rare blood disorders. First characterized in 1951, it wasn't until 2005 that researchers began to uncover clues about the genetic basis of these diseases. An acquired mutation called V617F in the JAK2 gene is present in many people with MPN, and a growing body of research -- including evidence in 23andMe's MPN research cohort -- suggests that relatively common inherited genetic variants may predispose individuals to V617F-positive MPN.
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SNPwatch: New Genetic Insight into the Causes of Eczema

March 02, 2012
Sometimes called the “itch that rashes”, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, is a relatively common condition, affecting up to one in five children and one in 30 adults. Although atopic dermatitis appears to run in families, the genetics underlying this condition are not well understood. New findings published in December in Nature Genetics by lead author Lavinia Paternoster now add more genetic variants to the picture.
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SNPWatch: Genetic Variants Linked to Male Infertility in Asians

February 06, 2012
About one in six couples has trouble conceiving. While more attention is paid to infertility in women, half the time the difficulty stems from a condition on the part of the man. Many factors influence fertility, both genetic and non-genetic. A new study in Chinese men has now identified several genetic factors linked to male infertility.
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SNPwatch: KIF6 Tangos with LDL Cholesterol and Coronary Heart Disease

February 02, 2012
A genetic variant in the KIF6 gene has been controversially linked to heart disease and statin response. In 2010 it looked like the tide was turning and that there was no association after all, but now new research suggests that the relationship may simply be a little more complex.
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