cancer

“50/50” Shows Us the Human Side of Cancer

October 10, 2011
From the minute it became clear that Adam had cancer, he became a statistic, a diagnosis, a “case study”. The odds -- 50/50 -- didn’t seem fair in the context of his life, but his friend Kyle put it into a different perspective: “Dude, if you were a casino game, you’d have the best odds!” Thus begins Adam’s journey with neurofibrosarcoma, a rare form of spinal cancer, in the surprising and transformative new film "50/50", starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen.
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A Recipe for Disease Research: Give People Tools, Add Passion, and Shake

July 06, 2011
[Update: View a video recap of Sarcoma Community Night at http://www.23andme.com/sarcoma/] Three. That was the average number of patients enrolled in studies for sarcoma four years ago when Nathalie Criou,...
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SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

June 02, 2010
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.   It is rare in most areas of the world–affecting only about 1 in every 100,000...
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23andMe Launches Sarcoma Community

April 15, 2010
Sarcomas are an extremely rare set of cancers that affect the bone and connective tissues such as muscle, bone, fat, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels, and the like. With the launch...
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Very Personalized Medicine: Sequencing of Second Cancer Patient Reveals Potentially Significant Mutations

August 25, 2009
A new genetic screening process has helped researchers understand the genetic causes of cancer, such as how mutations accumulated in a person’s life can cause leukemia. The study shows that...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Near Tumor Suppressor Genes May Increase Risk For Brain And Skin Cancer

July 06, 2009
SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may...
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Better Understanding of Colorectal Cancer-Associated SNP Could Guide Treatment

June 29, 2009
Much to the surprise of many scientists, a lot of the SNPs identified in genomewide association studies have not been in the parts of genes that encode the molecular machinery...
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The Story of Henrietta Lacks: A Lesson in Biology and Ethics

January 30, 2009
Editor’s note: We posted this a couple of years ago, but in light on the historic agreement between the family of Henrietta Lacks and National Institutes of Health, we thought...
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SNPwatch: One Variation, Many Cancers

January 20, 2009
SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may...
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Very Personalized Medicine: Genome Sequencing Reveals Mutations Behind One Woman’s Cancer

November 05, 2008
Understanding the genetic changes that lead to different cancers is key to more effective diagnosis and treatment of the disease. And thanks to the availability of faster, cheaper genome sequencing...
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