23andMe finds evidence that blood type plays a role in COVID-19 

23andMe finds evidence that blood type plays a role in COVID-19 

Preliminary data from 23andMe’s ongoing genetic study of COVID-19 appears to lend more evidence for the importance of a person’s blood type — determined by the ABO gene — in differences in the susceptibility to the virus. 23andMe is still recruiting for its massive study, most recently seeking 10,000 participants outside of 23andMe who have […]

New 23andMe BRCA Study Published

New 23andMe BRCA Study Published

Many people who carry a BRCA genetic variant associated with an increased risk for breast, ovarian, prostate, and certain other cancers do not have a strong family history of cancer, according to a new study from 23andMe. This means that these individuals would likely not qualify for clinical genetic testing unless they developed cancer themselves, […]

Learning About Yourself With 23andMe

Learning About Yourself With 23andMe

“Where are you from?” It’s a question, Jeremiah struggled to answer most of his life. His home was in Oakland, California, but for Jeremiah simply saying “Oakland” wasn’t enough. All his life he longed to be able to say more about his African heritage.  “I was a tree without roots,” Jeremiah said. Where Paper Records […]

23andMe Studies Healthy Behavior Change

23andMe Studies Healthy Behavior Change

Every year, millions of us make New Year’s resolutions to improve our health. We pledge to eat better, go to bed earlier, or exercise more. And every year, most of us don’t follow through and make those healthy behavior changes. Typically we’re giving up on our resolutions right about now. We start with great intentions, […]

23andMe Alerted Me to My BRCA1 Variant

23andMe Alerted Me to My BRCA1 Variant

By Jessica Algazi Last year was a rough one for me: four surgeries in six months, a raft of doctors’ appointments, and getting poked and prodded by the very best of medical professionals. Jessica, left, with 23andMe’s CEO and co-founder Anne Wojcicki.   Yet I feel lucky, grateful even.   I feel like I dodged […]

Survey Finds 23andMe Customers Make Positive Changes to Their Health

Survey Finds 23andMe Customers Make Positive Changes to Their Health

A new survey of 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry customers conducted by M/A/R/C® Research found that more than three-quarters reported that after receiving their personalized genetic reports they made at least one positive change in their health behavior. Changes included eating healthier, getting more sleep, and exercising more, among others. “We’re encouraged by these preliminary findings, […]

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, […]

A Predisposition to Save on 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service

A Predisposition to Save on 23andMe Health + Ancestry Service

A recent ruling by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) now allows for money set aside in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) to be used to purchase the health-related information provided through 23andMe’s Health + Ancestry Service. FSAs and HSAs both allow you to set aside a certain amount of your […]

Why 23andMe Loves Neanderthals, And You Should Too

Why 23andMe Loves Neanderthals, And You Should Too

Neanderthals may be an ancient species, but their genetics continue to surprise us to this day. For instance, new research published last month in Science Advances shows that Neanderthal DNA has a longer, more consistent history than previously realized. By comparing the genetic material of two 120,000-year old Neanderthals with specimens from just 40,000 years […]

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