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Consumer Genomics Policy Forum Sponsored by 23andMe

On Wednesday July 14, 23andMe and California State Senator Alex Padilla co-hosted a day-long policy forum entitled "Genomics and the Consumer: The Present and Future of Personalized Medicine." The approximately 150 people in attendance—lawyers, scientists, ethicists, business people, elected officials and ...

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer (excluding skin cancers) and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Each year about 150,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. Risk factors for colorectal cancer include age (most cases occur in people over 50), ...

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23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative Progress Update

By Nick Eriksson, 23andMe Principal Scientist, and Lizzie Dorfman, Parkinson's Research Project Manager Less than a year ago we announced the launch of the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Initiative. Since then, we have built one of the world's most useful resources for studying the genetics of Parkinson's ...

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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 1

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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23andMe Longevity Survey: Help Us Discover the Keys to Living a Long, Healthy Life

From alchemists and the Philosopher's Stone to Ponce de Leon and the Fountain of Youth, history is full of stories of people searching for a way to extend life indefinitely.  In recent years, discoveries about the biology of aging have brought us closer to that dream than ever before.  Now 23andMe is asking ...

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Mouse Studies Show that Longevity Gene May Play a Role In Maintaining Stem Cells in the Brain

Even if you do everything right – exercise, healthy eating, no smoking-- whether or not you'll make it to the century mark depends to some extent on your genes. One of the important longevity genes seems to be FOXO3A.  It's been linked to lifespan in several experimental animal models. In humans, studies ...

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Medco to Include Genetics in Comparison of Anti-Clotting Drug Effectiveness

Medco Health Solutions, Inc., announced this week that it will conduct a clinical trial to assess whether clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix®, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-aventis) is just as effective as the newer drug prasugrel (Effient™, Eli Lilly and Company) in people who lack a genetic variation that ...

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Study Sniffs Out Genes Behind Doggy ‘Dos

New genetic research may explain why Fluffy is so fluffy. A study led by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute scanned 1,000 dogs from 80 breeds, looking for genes associated with different hair types: curly, wavy, straight, wiry, long and any combination of these. Their results, ...

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More Evidence that Genetics Can Reduce the Efficacy of Anti-Clotting Medication Clopidogrel

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association adds to the mounting evidence that genetic variations impact the efficacy of clopidogrel (Plavix®), a drug used to prevent blood clots in people who have had a heart attack or stroke and also those with peripheral artery disease and unstable ...

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Researchers Take A Step Toward Developing New Drugs For Crohn’s Disease

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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