US 23andMe is Using Your DNA for Genetics Research

22:51  13 september  2017
22:51  13 september  2017 Source:   U.S. News & World Report - Health

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Genetic Health Risks. 3+ reports. Learn how your genetics can influence your risk for certain diseases. 23 andMe is a personalised DNA service providing information and tools for individuals to learn about and explore their DNA . We use the Illumina HumanOmniExpress-24 format chip (shown

After all, Ancestry is a genealogy company, not a medical genetics company. If you do not complete a Consent Document or any additional consent agreement with 23 andMe , your information will not be used for 23 andMe Research .

23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki speaks at an announcement for the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences at Genentech Hall on UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.: Anne Wojcicki is the CEO of 23andMe, the personal genome company using customers' DNA for genetics research.© (Jeff Chiu, File/AP) Anne Wojcicki is the CEO of 23andMe, the personal genome company using customers' DNA for genetics research.

When you send your DNA into genetics testing company 23andMe it's being used for more than finding out if your family is from Greece or Italy. You'll get results of your ancestry, but 23andMe is also using your cheek swabs for genetics research, according to a press release from the company.

The company formed the Therapeutics Division in April 2015, which is the world's largest database for genetic research, according to the company, and over the years it has partnered with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and scientists from the drug development company Genentech to analyze its users' DNA.

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You are reading this because you have decided to use the 23 andMe service to help you access and understand your genetic information. The research community is rapidly learning more about genetics , and an important Future scientific research may change the interpretation of your DNA .

Providing a saliva sample for genetic analysis using a 23 andMe DNA kit. If you decide to enroll in the African Genetics Project, you will be asked to review and accept the 23 andMe Research Consent document.

Most recently, 23andMe raised $250 million, with much of that promised to the Therapeutics Division. It also became the first genetic testing company to receive approval from the Food and Drug Administration to sell tests directly to consumers advising them on their risk of developing certain genetic diseases.

Although the company is doing work on a variety of diseases, heavy research is going into one in particular: Parkinson's disease. This disease is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects one million Americans. The biggest risk factor is age, though genetic mutations can increase risk. The 23andMe test reports two of those mutations to its customers. Each of these increase the chances of developing the disease between 30 and 75 percent.

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Your participation in the 23 andMe Research study is completely voluntary. 3. How will my data be used in 23 andMe Research ? Comparison of your personal survey responses to those of all responders, additional information about genetics , genetic research or the 23 andMe study, and/or

*The 23 andMe PGS test uses qualitative genotyping to detect clinically relevant variants in the genomic DNA of adults from saliva collected using an FDA-cleared collection device (Oragene·DX model You can make a difference by participating in research — online, from anywhere. Read more.

Researchers from 23andMe, Genentech and the National Institute on Aging published the largest meta-analysis of Parkinson's disease Monday using data from more than 425,000 people. More than 75 percent of whom were 23andMe customers. In addition to confirming genetic mutations already associated with the disease, researchers found 17 new genetic variants.

"We are incredibly excited by these findings and their potential to lead to breakthroughs in therapeutic research and treatment for Parkinson's disease," Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe's co-founder and CEO told News Medical Life Sciences. "The 23andMe Parkinson's community is powered by our customers who are motivated to make a difference and see the Parkinson's research advance. The community is unlike any other, and it is an incredible asset for researchers to make breakthrough discoveries. These findings are a testament to both the power of the 23andMe Parkinson's community and the company's novel research model."

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