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New Research on the Shared Genetics of Autoimmune Disease and Allergies

In what researchers believe is the largest genome-wide association study ever done on the shared genetics of allergy and autoimmune diseases, scientists have identified genetic variants that influence risk for both conditions. “To our knowledge, no previous study has had sufficient statistical power to ...

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A new methodology helps identify four new asthma risk genes

Sorting through hundreds of genetic risk variants for asthma, Australian scientists — with input and data from researchers at 23andMe — have identified an association between asthma and the expression of four genes, a finding that could aid efforts for treating the chronic disease that impacts an estimated ...

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Dirt Don’t Hurt

A little farmyard dust might the difference in bolstering against asthma and allergies, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Although the study was very small, it lends some additional evidence to the so-called “hygiene hypothesis.” That theory suggests that the surge in ...

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Asthma in African American Children

Asthma can start with simple tightness in the chest, but end in an epic battle to breathe. So whether you are black or white, Asian or Latino, an asthma attack can be frightening, especially if you are a kid. But who you are, or more accurately what your ancestry is, does matter in what scientists can say ...

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Genetic variants found to Influence multiple traits and conditions

Researchers know that certain genes, or more accurately regions in our genes, are multitaskers, influencing a wide variety of traits and conditions that range from such things as the size of our noses to our susceptibility to childhood ear infections to our risk for Parkinson’s disease. A new study led by ...

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Mobile Research at 23andMe

23andMe announced this week that it would add access to genetic information to ResearchKit, an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. As an update to their existing studies, scientists at Mount Sinai and Stanford will ...

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23andMe And Drug Discovery

The sobering fact about drug development is that it takes too long and costs too much money. 23andMe wants to change all that. At the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics this month, 23andMe computational biologist Fah Sathirapongsasuti offered some insight into how this is being ...

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Allergies And The Hygiene Hypothesis

Bolstering the theory that modern society’s fixation on cleanliness might actually be hurting the development of healthy immune systems in children, a new study published this week in the journal Science suggests that exposure to the kinds of bacteria found in the farmyard may actually protect children from ...

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New genetic variants found to influence risk of asthma with hay fever

Working with researchers from Australia’s QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, 23andMe scientists completed the first ever genome-wide association study combining asthma and hay fever phenotypes. While the susceptibility to both asthma and hay fever are known to often run hand-in-hand, the study ...

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