Nature

Own Your Data: A Right and Responsibility for Better Health

July 21, 2016
“Citizens worldwide have too long a history of being passive players in health care — blindly following instructions from providers.” The quote above, taken from a Nature Comment published yesterday...
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Quantifying genetic risk of prion disease

January 20, 2016
Researchers often say it’s their love of science that drives their work, but for Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh it’s their love that propels the science. The married couple –...
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A Reference of Human Genetic Variation

October 04, 2015
One of 23andMe’s newest scientists, Adam Auton, had his first day on Monday, and by Wednesday had two new papers on human genetic variation published in the journal Nature. Not...
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Mother Europe

May 08, 2013
The story of H is really the story of people in modern Europe. H refers to a maternal lineage – also known as a maternal haplogroup – that originated long...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Associated with Autoimmune Form of Hair Loss, Alopecia Areata

June 30, 2010
Alopecia areata is a form of hair loss many people are unfamiliar with, although the condition affects more than five million people in the United States.   Unlike male (or,...
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Genetics: Looking Back and Looking Forward

April 05, 2010
The tenth anniversary of the completion of the first draft of the human genome is approaching, apparently putting a lot of scientists in the mood for reflection on the past...
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SNPwatch: Enzyme Deficiency May Protect Against Serious Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effect

February 22, 2010
People chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus currently have only one treatment option:   a combination of polyethylene glycol (PEG)-ylated interferon alpha and ribavirin (RBV).    Not only does...
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Researchers Use SNP Analysis to Paint Picture of an Ancient Human

February 10, 2010
Artist’s impression of Inuk based on genetic analysis Nuka Godfredsen/Nature Editor’s note: This post has been edited from the original to reflect changes in 23andMe’s product. Tufts of hair rescued...
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New Genetic Analysis Sheds Light on Origins of Indian Castes

September 25, 2009
For as long as humans have lived in complex communities, cities and civilizations, they have divided and classified their societies. Those divisions have been based on age, gender, appearance or...
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SNPwatch: More Evidence That Genetic Variations are Important for Hepatitis C Infection and Treatment

September 18, 2009
Unlike the flu virus, which the body is generally able to fight off completely, infection with hepatitis C is often chronic.   That means for most of the three to...
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