genetics

  • Parkinson Foundation Expands Free At-Home Genetic Testing

    May 17

    The Parkinson Foundation is expanding its free genetic testing initiative in an effort to connect a broader and more diverse set of candidates to clinical trials that could lead to future treatments. Its project, PD GENEration: Mapping Future of Parkinson’s Disease, now has 23 actively enrolling participant sites in addition to ongoing at-h...

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  • Ancestry Introduces SideView for Greater DNA Insights

    Apr 21

    Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, unveiled SideView technology, a first-of-its-kind scientific innovation that separates DNA into parental sides giving AncestryDNA customers new insights into which side of the family they inherited their genetics from.  With more than 20 million people in its growing cons...

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  • 23andMe New Study on Depression and Bipolar Disorder

    Apr 12

    A 23andMe study published in April of 2022 provides insight into the cause and overlapping genetics of two mental health disorders - depression and bipolar disorder. The National institutes of Health estimates that more than 16 million Americans are affected by depression each year, while nearly 6 million Americans have bipolar disorder. Ge...

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  • Study Identifies Genes Associated with Longer Reproductive Lifespan

    Aug 10

    23andMe pointed out a new study that identified genes linked to longer fertility in women. The study comes as data shows a sharp decline in birth rates during the pandemic, which accentuated a decades-long trend in women putting off having children until later in life. The study was published in the journal Nature and was titled: “Genetic...

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  • Study Offers Insights on Genetics of Depression

    Jun 24

    23andMe pointed out a new genome-wide association study that was led by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. The study is shedding light on the genetic underpinnings of major depression. According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 16 million Americans are affected by depression each year, and nearly 6 million Americans suff...

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  • Two States Restrict Police Use of DNA Search Method

    Jun 15

    Maryland and Montana are the first states to restrict law enforcement's use of genetic genealogy. The New York Times reported in May of 2021. Genetic genealogy is the technique that identified the Golden State Killer in 2018. The laws in Maryland and Montana are an effort to ensure the genetic privacy of an accused person. Montana's House B...

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  • Study Confirms Basque “Genetic Singularity”

    Apr 13

    El Pais reported that researchers at Pompeu Fabra university (UPF) in Barcelona confirmed the “genetic singularity” of the Basques in Europe in the largest-ever study of almost 2,000 DNA samples. The investigation found this genetic difference only began to emerge 2,500 years ago in the Iron Age. The study was published in Current Biology....

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  • Scientists Tracked Fine-Scale Genetic Structure of Finland

    Mar 25

    Researchers from the University of Finland announced that they have used genetics data to track how genetics in Finland have changed within seven decades. This allowed the scientists to follow changes brought about by World War II. Their work can lead to better methods of tracking individuals’ genetic history. Researchers from the Univers...

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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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  • Ancestry and Bright Pink Join in Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Oct 8

    Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the United States, which is why Ancestry and Bright Pink kicked-off a Breast Cancer Awareness Month education initiative. The partners launched a new, online information center on Ancestry's website featuring a series of videos, candid conversations and resources to help women navigate their breast h...

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