• Study Identifies 69 Genes that Increase Risk of Autism

    Aug 27

    A study that was led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) identified 69 genes that increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder. The study was published in the journal Cell, and was based on a study of families with at least two children who have autism. The Autism Society states that autism spectrum disorder is a complex ...


  • Doctors Alter U.S. Woman’s Genes with CRISPR

    Aug 20

    For the first time ever, doctors in the United States have used CRISPR to alter the genes of an adult woman. CRISPR is a controversial genetic editing tool that has previously been used to edit human embryos. Victoria Gray is a 41-year-old woman from Mississippi, and the first person in the United States to have her cells altered with CRISP...


  • 23andMe Offers Genetic Report on Type 2 Diabetes

    Mar 26

    23andMe has a new Type 2 Diabetes report that offers customers insight into their likelihood of developing one of the most prevalent, pernicious, and preventable health conditions in the United States. 23andMe hopes that the Type 2 Diabetes report will help raise awareness about diabetes, as well as the potential to make healthy lifestyle chang...


  • 23andMe Explains Why Diversity Matters in Genetic Research

    Feb 5

    23andMe posted an informative blog that explains why diversity matters in research. Improving diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in research doesn't just benefit those groups. It benefits everyone. Africans and African Americans are among the most underrepresented populations in genetic health research, yet they face the mos...


  • Study: Genetics May Nudge Some People Toward Risky Behavior

    Jan 15

    A study done by researchers from the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (SSGAC) suggests that genetics may nudge some individuals toward more risky behavior like smoking, drinking and speeding. The study, which was published in the journal Nature Genetics, included data from more than a million people. The researchers identified 124 g...


  • Genetics Unzipped is a Podcast from the UK Genetics Society

    Jan 10

    Genetics Unzipped is the podcast from the UK Genetics Society – one of the oldest learned societies dedicated to supporting and promoting the research, teaching and application of genetics. It is a fortnightly podcast that was launched ahead of the Society's centenary celebrations in 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former N...


  • Genealogy Data Helps Researchers Track Rare Disease

    Dec 13

    A Canadian team of researchers used genealogical data from Quebec to retrace the history of a rare recessive disease using a computational approach for inferring rare allele transmission history. The disease is called chronic atrial and intestinal dysrhythmia (CAID). It was traced back to Quebec founder families. The researchers were from McGill...


  • Study Offers Look at Genetics and Nearsightedness

    Jun 5

    Have you ever wondered why some of the people in your family are nearsighted? 23andMe pointed out a new study by a consortium of researchers that offers the most detailed view yet of the role of genetics and nearsightedness. The 23andMe Research Team was among the consortium of researchers involved in the study. The study is titled: “Genome-wi...


  • NIH Launched All of Us Research Program

    May 7

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched a research program called All of Us. It is a historic effort to gather data from one million or more people who live in the United States. The goal is to accelerate research and improve health. By taking into account individual differences in lifestyle, environment, and biology, researchers will ...


  • MyHeritage Introduces Surveys

    Dec 7

    MyHeritage has introduced Surveys. The surveys were released by the MyHeritage Science Team, which is led by world-renowned genetics pioneer Dr. Yaniv Erlich. The purpose of the surveys is to help MyHeritage investigate how genetics affects various aspects of our lives. MyHeritage explains: “These surveys analyze the relationships between gen...