Diversity Matters in Research

February 01, 2019
Africans and African Americans are among the most underrepresented populations in genetic health research, yet they face some of the most daunting health outcomes.It’s a bitter irony of the current...
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Genetic Testing Pre-Pregnancy

April 13, 2016
By Erynn Gordon, MS, LCGC 23andMe’s Director of Clinical Development Testing in pregnancy can be a little overwhelming for prospective parents – blood tests, glucose challenge, ultrasounds, fetal nonstress tests....
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One in Ten Lives with a Rare Disease

February 28, 2013
February 28 is Rare Disease Day – a concept first initiated by the European Rare Disease Organization (EURORDIS) and now recognized around the world. Around 6,800 rare diseases have been...
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Raising Awareness For Sickle Cell Disease

June 19, 2012
June 19th is World Sickle Cell Awareness Day. About one in 12 people with African ancestry in the U.S. carries a copy of the mutation causing sickle cell disease. Do you?
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Did You Know? One in Thirteen African Americans has Sickle Cell Trait

February 14, 2012
In the United States alone, about 100,000 people have sickle cell disease and roughly one in 500 black or African-American babies is born with it. The genetic mutation underlying this condition causes red blood cells to take on a "sickle" shape, which makes it harder to deliver oxygen to certain parts of the body. But why would a mutation that causes a harmful disease survive through evolution to the high frequency with which we observe it today?
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Recommended Reading: The 10,000 Year Explosion

February 20, 2009
Almost since the 1871 publication of “The Descent of Man,” in which Charles Darwin applied his theory of natural selection to the human species, biologists have argued over whether the...
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The Ultimate Trade-off: Genes, Environment, and Why We Crave Twinkies

July 22, 2008
Last week in the Blog we reported on a new study that identified an interesting genetic trade-off – a genetic variant known that has one effect on a person’s vulnerability...
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