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  • 23andMe Black Representation in Genetic Research Study

    Mar 18

    23andMe has begun their Black Representation in Genetic Research study. This study aims to understand the biology connecting genetic variants to diseases. To support the study, 23andMe recruited just under 1,000 customers with African ancestry who consented to participate in the study. The project, supported with funding from GlaxoSmithKlin...

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  • 23andMe to Merge with Virgin Group

    Feb 11

    23andMe, Inc., a leading consumer genetics and research company, and VG Acquisition Corp., a special purpose acquisition company sponsored by Virgin Group, announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Upon completion of the transaction, estimated in the second calendar quarter of 2021, VGAC will change its New York Stoc...

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  • DNA Testing Fills in Gaps for Adult Adoptees

    Dec 15

    23andMe pointed out that adult adoptees are using DNA testing to connect to their biological family. DNA testing is profoundly powerful because it can give adoptees – and their children and grandchildren – an opportunity to discover health risks they might not learn otherwise. At-home DNA testing has surged in popularity in recent years...

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  • What Does it Mean to have “Native American DNA”?

    Dec 8

    23andMe posted a detailed blog written by Samantha Ancona Esselmann, Ph.D., a 23andMe Ancestry Product Scientist. In the blog, she provides information and explanation about what it means to have “Native American DNA”. She also makes it clear what it does not mean. Samantha Ancona Esslemann, Ph.D., notes that it is important for Direct-...

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  • The 23andMe Ancestry Algorithm Got an Update

    Nov 12

    23andMe announced (in Autumn of 2020), that they are making another upgrade to their Ancestry Composition. The upgrade to the analytics will improve the accuracy, as well as reduce the amount of “unassigned” and non-specific ancestry assignments. Some 23andMe users may see some pretty big shifts in their results. For example, many sho...

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  • 23andMe Offers 23andMe+

    Oct 27

    23andMe is offering current 23andMe health service customers in the U.S. 23andMe+, a new annual membership. This membership provides customers with exclusive access to genetic reports, as well as new reports and features as they become available throughout the year. Priced at $29/year, 23andMe+ will offer existing customers instant access t...

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  • 23andMe Launched New Family Health History Tree

    Oct 15

    23andMe launched a new tool for their Health + Ancestry Service customers in the United States and Canada that can help people become more aware of their family's health history. It is called Family Health History Tree. 23andMe points out that many people are entirely unaware of their family's health history. Sometimes, knowledge doesn't ...

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  • 23andMe Explains Your Privacy Protections

    Sep 22

    23andMe wants you to know that securing and protecting the your data is paramount. They are committed to keeping their customers' trust and providing a secure place where they can explore their DNA, knowing that their privacy is protected. There are three fundamental principals that 23andMe is guided by. The first is “Meaningful & Inf...

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  • 23andMe Announced Insights from Lupus Research

    Sep 10

    23andMe collaborated with researchers from Pfizer to learn more about how to treat Lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. The research was powered by almost 6,000 consented researcher participants. No new genetic associations were found, but 23andMe did uncover deeper insights into non-genetic factors and symptoms associated with the disease. ...

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  • 23andMe Has Report on APOL1- Related Kidney Disease

    Aug 25

    23andMe added a new Genetic Health Risk report on APOL1-related chronic kidney disease. This disease has a particular relevance for 23andMe customers with African ancestry. The Chronic Kidney Disease (APOL1-Related) Genetic Health report includes two variants in the APOL1 gene that can increase the risk of developing chronic kidney diseas...

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