• 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...


  • 23andMe Explains Their Genetic Health Risk Reports

    Jun 14

    23andMe was given authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market their direct-to-consumer DNA tests that provide genetic risk information for certain health conditions. As such, 23andMe has put together some helpful information that explains more about their Genetic Health Risk Reports. 23andMe points out several things that consu...


  • Neimann-Pick Type C is a Rare Genetic Disease

    Apr 22

    Neimann-Pick Type C is a rare genetic disorder that is sometimes referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer's”. In April of 2017, a toddler named Marian McGlocklin was in the news because she had been diagnosed with Neimann-Pick Type C. The rare genetic disease is believed to affect 1 in 150,000 live births in the United States. The exact number is...


  • Chronic Pain and Depression Share Some Genetic Links

    Sep 23

    Does someone in your family suffer from chronic pain? Do they also struggle with depression? It's easy to see why someone who hurts all the time would be depressed about it. A study found that chronic pain and depression share some genetic links. The study used science and ended up confirming what many people already assumed was true. Scient...