Here’s a shout-out to 23andMe for not only making their information more interesting for genealogists this past year but also for their interesting research in personal genetics.
They have an improved relative finder tool and have made groundbreaking research discoveries, thanks to members contributions in their study of the genetics of Parkinson’s Disease. It will be interesting to see what they do in 2012.
See below for an excerpt from their newsletter:
“New and Updated Content:
Our scientists selected the highest quality information from thousands of research articles to deliver 78 new and updated reports about your health and traits.
Our blog The Spittoon kept you current throughout the year on the latest discoveries in genetics and more.
Our improved Relative Finder tool connected more family trees than ever before, with most members seeing more than 250 new relatives.
The new Neanderthal Ancestry feature let you explore your caveman roots.
You can now team up with your family on your Family Health History to get a more complete picture of your health.
New community tools made it easier to share your stories and connect common interests.
New Research and Discoveries:
Thanks to the contributions of 23andMe members, we published a groundbreaking study on the genetics of Parkinson’s disease.
Our Roots into the Future initiative, a revolutionary study exploring the impact of genetics on health in African Americans, enrolled thousands of participants.
We continued to support research for rare diseases by launching the myeloproliferative disorderscommunity.
We added 15 new Research Discoveries, on topics silly to serious, driven by the participation of people like you.”