Category: 23andMe Research

Black History Month Draws Attention to The Need for Diversity in Genetic Research

February is Black History Month offering us another opportunity to talk about diversity in genetic research and why it’s important for all of us. 23andMe’s mission has always been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. Everyone should gain from the scientific insights we ...

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Genetic evidence of assortative mating in humans

If you think that opposites attract, you are likely mistaken, or at least that's what the science says. Over a hundred years ago, researchers first discovered that couples are actually more alike than they are different. One of the first things researchers noted was that tall people tend to partner with ...

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Our Top Five from 2016

Just before we kick off another year of blogging, it’s worth taking a moment to look back and single out what for us were some of the big stories, breakthroughs or findings in genetics from last year. Here is our top five. Diversity — For a very long time, medical research in general has focused largely on ...

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Genetics found to influence personality and psychological disorders

New research has found genetic markers linking schizophrenia with personality traits for the first time, shedding new light on the shared genetic influences for personality and psychological disorders. The findings, published in Nature Genetics, are consistent with research in recent decades showing that ...

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Brain Game

We assume that, like a knife dulled by repeated use, as we age our brain loses the sharp edge of youth, but the truth is more complicated than that. Some brain functions get worse; some get better. Looking to add another layer of data for scientists studying the relationship between genetics, aging and ...

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Genetics found to influence resting heart rate

A team of researchers found more than 60 genetic variants associated with resting heart rate, a known predictor of overall mortality. In the new study published in the journal Nature Genetics, the researchers, led by scientists from the University Medical Center Groningen in the Netherlands, noted that ...

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New Neanderthal Research

As modern humans migrated out of Africa they interbred with Neanderthals, so all non-Africans carry some remnant of those ancient encounters, and new research by scientists at the University of California, Davis, shows how natural selection has purged all but the smallest bits of that ancient DNA. In one ...

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Genetics found to influence menstrual cramps severity

Researchers have identified a genetic variant associated with severe menstrual cramps. This is the first genome-wide association study of this form of chronic pain. Known as dysmenorrhea, it is the most common gynecological condition among women over 18 and can be debilitating in certain ...

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New genetic variants found to influence fertility

As part of a massive study that includes the contributions from scores of researchers across the globe, scientists have found a dozen genetic markers linked to fertility, offering hope to the more than 48 million couples worldwide who struggle to conceive. Published today the research is the largest ...

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23andMe Reaches Enrollment Goal for Lupus Research

23andMe reached another milestone earlier this month by completing enrollment in what is now one of the largest genetic studies of lupus in the world. As part of the Lupus Research Study, 23andMe and its collaborator in this study, Pfizer, Inc., have enrolled 5,000 people with lupus. Using genetic and ...

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