Category: 23andMe Research

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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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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New Fertility Study Launches

Women today often make decisions about their fertility largely based on age, but research has shown that environment, lifestyle, and genomics can also impact a woman’s ability to conceive. A new Fertility Research Community launched by the next-generation women’s health company Celmatix, and 23andMe, will ...

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New Research on the Shared Genetics of Autoimmune Disease and Allergies

In what researchers believe is the largest genome-wide association study ever done on the shared genetics of allergy and autoimmune diseases, scientists have identified genetic variants that influence risk for both conditions. “To our knowledge, no previous study has had sufficient statistical power to ...

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New genetic variant found to influence skin cancer risk

New research by scientists at Stanford University School of Medicine and 23andMe sheds more light on the genetics of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Published today in the journal Oncotarget, this genome wide association study quickly replicated 21 genetic variants associated with melanoma ...

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