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By looking at data on when boys’ voices first broke as a way to time the onset of puberty, researchers at the University of Cambridge have completed a first-of-its-kind genetic study and found that for both boys and girls puberty is influenced by many of the same genetic variants. “Our study shows that ...

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Salty Or Sweet

Whether you are more apt to reach for a handful of potato chips or go for the bowl of candy may have something to do with your genetics. Looking at taste preferences among about 119,000 customers of European ancestry who consented to research, 23andMe scientists identified genetic markers associated with ...

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SNPwatch: The Genetics of Adolescent Growth Spurts

By Alison Chubb We've all known teenagers who grow several inches in a year, and then start bumping into people and furniture as they figure out what to do with their big feet and long arms. The growth spurt that happens during adolescence can account for up to 20 percent of one's final height, and we know ...

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Our Top 10 for 2011

We thought 2010 would be hard to top but we’re happy to say that 2011 has been even better. Scientists uncovered new insights into serious conditions like type 2 diabetes and autoimmune disorders as well as traits like iris patterns. New research has also improved our understanding of the genetics of obesity, ...

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SNPwatch: Association Between FTO Variant and Obesity Depends on Age and Impacts Development

Obesity is an enormous public health concern in the United States, affecting about 33% of adults and 20% of children and adolescents. While lifestyle and environmental factors play an undeniable role in whether an individual becomes obese, researchers have also uncovered common genetic variants that influence ...

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SNPwatch: Jeans Too Tight? Don’t Just Blame Your Genes.

In 2009, 27% of Americans met the clinical criteria for obesity—a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater—7 percentage points higher than a mere 9 years earlier. Even this staggering 27% estimate may be too low. A large National Health and Nutrition Examination Study (NHANES) study estimated the prevalence of ...

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SNPwatch: Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? It Depends on What You Eat

We all know people struggling with weight issues. Maybe they’re overweight and can’t seem to lose the pounds no matter what new diet or exercise regime they try. Or, maybe they’re underweight and have a hard time bulking up no matter how many donuts they consume or weights they lift. Clearly, there’s more to ...

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Surprisingly Skinny Mice Could Point the Way to Obesity and Diabetes Treatments

Scientists who are studying mice with a mutation that makes them resistant to obesity even in the face of a high-fat diet may have identified a new way to treat both obesity and diabetes. Carrying extra weight is known to trigger a state of chronic, low-grade inflammation in the body, which can lead to ...

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Researchers Warn That Drug Development Based On Obesity Genetics Could Deliver More Than Is Bargained For

Not surprisingly, there has been intense interest in the genetics of obesity in recent years.  Obesity is a major health problem, resulting in tens of thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year in the United States, and it is known from twin and family studies that ...

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Researchers Look To The Future Of Obesity Genetics

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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