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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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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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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Researchers Look To The Future Of Obesity Genetics

June 18, 2009
It’s no secret that obesity rates are rising — quickly.   Between 2000 and 2005 the prevalence of obesity rose by 24%.   Extreme cases increased by more than 50%....
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation That Reduces Immune Cell Activity May Lessen Severity of Lung Damage in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

February 25, 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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