Archives for 2017

23andMe and Grünenthal to Study the Genetics of Pain

Pain is complex and personal. You understand the level of your own pain, but it’s harder to understand it in others. Compound fractures, burns, kidney stones, a stubbed toe or wrenched back — they all hurt, but they hurt differently for each of us, and we respond differently to treatments meant to ...

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New genetic variants found to influence puberty timing and cancer risk

In the largest study of its kind researchers at the University of Cambridge have identified more than 380 genetic variants associated with the timing of puberty in men and women. The study more than quadruples the number of variants identified in previous research that are known to be associated with the ...

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Science, the Endless Frontier

By Joyce Tung, PhD, 23andMe VP of Research I love science. I love how science requires precision of interpretation, provides the thrill of discovery, and stimulates and satisfies curiosity all at the same time. This is why I, like other scientists more important than I am, was dismayed to hear the ...

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23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community Update

Last year 23andMe focused  on updating plans for how best to use the data that we had already collected. A key element of this was adding Karl Heilbron to the 23andMe research team. Karl is  a postdoctoral researcher focused exclusively on Parkinson’s disease. Most recently he presented a poster at the ...

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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and this year it also marks the eighth anniversary of 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community, which introduced a game-changing model for science, one that leverages online tools and is powered by average, everyday people — people like you. Parkinson’s Awareness ...

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Good News About Health Reports

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted 23andMe authorization to offer ten genetic health risk reports including late-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, celiac disease, and a condition associated with harmful blood clots. For several years, 23andMe has worked on demonstrating that its ...

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The Gene Machine

Each expectant parent brings their own unique mix of emotions to pregnancy, but all of them share the same hope of simply having a healthy and happy baby. Couples go through a slew of tests — from blood draws, to ultrasounds and sometimes amniocentesis. Increasingly, they are also turning to genetic ...

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Coming Home

The best things take time, or at least that’s one way of looking at why Jonathan Hay waited so long to meet his biological mother in person. “I’ve been avoiding it for two years out of fear,” said Jonathan, a music producer and publicist. But the fear evaporated when the two finally met in ...

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The Neanderthal Cookbook

It’s not quite waffles and paella, but it appears that Neanderthals were omnivores who adapted to eating whatever was available to them in the regions where they lived. DNA samples extracted from ancient plaque on teeth found in a cave in Belgium and from those found at a site in Northern Spain indicate ...

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The role of genetics in male-pattern baldness

In the largest genetic study of male patterned baldness to date, scientists at the University of Bonn working in collaboration with 23andMe and other institutions, have found more than 60 genetic variants associated with balding, offering not just new insights into the biology of the condition, but ...

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