CureTogether with 23andMe

23andMe is passionate about making discoveries that will benefit you.We give individuals access to their DNA data while in turn translating information they’ve volunteered into meaningful genetic discoveries.Today we’re announcing the acquisition of CureTogether, Inc.

a company that we’ve admired for creating communities of people who can share information about their health conditions, support each other and together discover new insights in managing their health.The acquisition – as well as the addition to our team of its two co-founders, Daniel Reda and Alexandra Carmichael  – will improve our own ability to gather data for research and give customers more tools to explore and participate in online communities.CureTogether’s core mission of enabling people to share their health information as a way to collectively gain new insight into various diseases is aligned with 23andMe’s own crowd-sourced research model. CureTogether, with more than 25,000 members, has gathered nearly four million data points on 576 different medical conditions. Welcoming in those users and the data they’ve contributed to research will improve the important work we are already doing.At 23andMe, we’ve learned that the quality of our research communities – how engaged and active they are – is vital for quality research. Our research model has already made significant breakthroughs in the study of Parkinson’s disease, and we are heartened by the progress we’re making in Sarcoma and in Myeloproliferative Neoplasms.23andMe puts power in the hands of patients to participate in research and accelerate new discoveries. The more people who participate, and the more engaged they are, the more powerful the research. In this, the CureTogether community is a model for our own 23andMe research community. We’re all tring to find cures. Together, we can make even more of a difference.
  • Congrats on the acquisition – I think this is a great move for both communities!

  • Carlos

    Really this is wonderful. Until I know, this method of “Cure Together” really was yet invented and practiced not less of 3000-4000 years ago, in Biblical times or almost. In effect, Sumerian and Babylonian people didn’t have physicians as today are understood. Or perhaps only some for the king and powerful people.
    But common people used to ask to another person who simply had suffered and survived a disease, wound, bone fracture, etc, etc, how to cure it. Usually, people who were ill in the past and survived, seated at the entering of the those old cities and they lived from the charities of the people who asked them.
    Retaking this method after the invention of the Internet is something I think astonishing.
    Referring to migraine, I think as epilepsy, schizophrenia and others, there’s no one or unique disease, but a syndrome or at less, much individual diseases. Each person suffering from these has his own migraine and so on. Physicians must to simplify when the matter it’s unknown.

  • Robert Chiago

    Exposure to Bluetooth technology may cause migraine headaches.

  • Wanda Higgins

    My migraines usually appear about the time the rain does and I have the spots/aura type headaches. Sometimes I wake up with the spots shimmering in my vision in the middle of the night or in the early morning. And sometimes I will have the spots about 4-6 times a day. They can last anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour. I find I feel like I am somewhat disoriented. Also, some days it seems like the whole world has been pushed away from me about 2 feet, like I am not interacting with my surroundings the way I normally do. That can be very disconcerting and it is impossible for me to work on the days I have multiple spots, or the pushed away feeling. I work from home. No computer work can be done with the spots, for sure.


    My migraine is caused by having EDS. I have one every day, different levels of pain. Need more studies about EDS!

  • mhurley1234

    I want to let migraine sufferers know that the heightened sense of smell (which is associated with migraines) is on chromosome 11, snp rs6591536. “normal” smell is AA, heightened smell is AG or GG. You can browse your raw data at 23andme to find which you are. It would be a great research study to see if all/most had this heightened smell. If so, it might be as simple as developing a nose spray that reduces smell (temporarily) during headaches. It might not help everyone, but then again maybe many.

  • Alison Weatherley

    I have had chronic migraines since I was 21. Some foods such as chocolate, cheese, tomato and oranges set it off. The letdown after stressful events, and during extended stressful events also bring them on. I yawn a lot in the early stages, feel sick and my head is not clear, wooly. Light and loud sounds are like arrows shot at me. I am 62 and still get migraines about once a week.