Quebec judge overturns parts of federal, provincial laws on medically assisted dying

Quebec judge overturns parts of federal, provincial laws on medically assisted dying

A Quebec Superior Court justice has declared parts of both the federal and provincial laws on medically assisted dying unconstitutional because they’re too restrictive. Two Montrealers with degenerative diseases, Jean Truchon, 49, and Nicole Gladu, 73, launched a court challenge in January seeking access to Quebec and Canada’s doctor-assisted dying laws. Both suffer from serious health problems that […]

No ‘gay gene,’ but study finds genetic links to sexual behaviour

No ‘gay gene,’ but study finds genetic links to sexual behaviour

LONDON — A large scientific study into the biological basis of sexual behaviour has confirmed there is no single “gay gene” but that a complex mix of genetics and environment affects whether a person has same-sex sexual partners. The research, which analyzed data on DNA and sexual experiences from almost half a million people, found […]

Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Partially Influenced by Genetics

Same-Sex Sexual Behavior Partially Influenced by Genetics

A new genome-wide association study (GWAS) involving more than 490,000 individuals, including 75,000 23andMe customers who consented to research, offers an intriguing glimpse into the complexity of sexual behavior. While the study found thousands of genetic variants with very, very small affects on same-sex sexual behavior, it did not find any “gay gene,” nor did […]

How many calories in a drink? Researchers say alcohol labels should spell it out

How many calories in a drink? Researchers say alcohol labels should spell it out

VICTORIA—A study suggests the average Canadian drinker receives more than one-tenth of their daily recommended calories from alcoholic beverages, but you wouldn’t know it from looking at the label. Researchers at University of Victoria looked at Statistics Canada data on alcohol sales and consumption between 2015-2016 to calculate how many calories Canadians consume from booze. […]

Will South Korea ban sex dolls?

Will South Korea ban sex dolls?

SEOUL — A petition calling for a ban on importing life-size sex dolls into South Korea has gathered nearly a quarter million signatures as of Friday, passing a threshold that requires the president’s office to respond to the matter. While sex dolls are not illegal in South Korea, government customs agencies had blocked their import […]

Autism diagnosis questioned in Canadian-led review

Autism diagnosis questioned in Canadian-led review

The autism diagnosis has become so broad that it prevents a better understanding of how the autistic brain works, a Canadian researcher and psychiatrist says. In a meta-analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry, researchers in Quebec and Denmark  analyzed 11 previous major reviews on people with autism and people in the rest of the population. Laurent Mottron, a […]

Meet 23andMe’s Interns

Meet 23andMe’s Interns

By Lily Brickman, 23andMe Communications Intern 23andMe’s second official internship program included 28 interns across a number of teams and in a variety of different roles. Our interns this year come from universities all over the country and are at varying points in their education and careers. The program is run by run by Maddy […]

Preemies may grow up to be unlucky in love: Study

Preemies may grow up to be unlucky in love: Study

Adults who were underweight babies or early arrivals may be less likely to have romantic or sexual relations or become parents than their counterparts who were full-term infants, a research review suggests. Compared to adults who were full-term babies, those who were premature or low birthweight infants were 57% less likely to have sexual intercourse, […]

Medical Education at 23andMe

Medical Education at 23andMe

By Eloycsia Ratliff, MPH, 23andMe Medical Education Project Manager Editor’s note: This is the first post in an occasional series explaining our Medical Education program.  It is no secret that the evolving field of genomic medicine is changing at a rate that is surpassing healthcare professionals’ (HCPs) ability to keep up. Along with that, the […]

23andMe Explores Dietary Habit and Health Outcomes

23andMe Explores Dietary Habit and Health Outcomes

By Rafaela Bagur Quetglas, PhD You are what you eat, is the old adage, but what does your diet actually say about you? 23andMe has a unique opportunity to explore that question, as we investigate how dietary habits, along with genetics, demographics, lifestyle and other data can influence overall health outcomes. Looking at diet specifically, […]

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