What is the difference between early- and late-onset Alzheimer’s disease?

In 1901, 51-year-old Auguste Deter sat in her room, anxiously looking around. Her new doctor, Alois Alzheimer, was asking her to identify mundane objects–but for some reason she couldn’t remember which ones she had already...

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How one gene may contribute to late-onset Alzheimer’s development

In a hurry? Here’s what you need to know: Alzheimer’s is a disease where someone’s ability to remember and process everyday tasks declines with age Evidence suggests the APOE gene may have a significant role...

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The genetics of ancient Africa and a mysterious human population

In a hurry? Here’s what you need to know: Homo sapiens first appeared nearly 200,000 years ago in Africa At that time, we weren’t the only humans around Other human groups—like Neanderthals—may have assimilated with...

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The genetics of prostate cancer, heart disease, and ancient humans

In between meetings, events, science workshops, and getting work done in the lab, Helix employees love finding a few minutes here and there to read. (A, C, G, and T might be our four favorite...

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5 articles that will help you learn more about genetics

At Helix, our mission is simple: to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. In order to do this, we have to provide people with more than high-quality DNA sequencing—we also need to...

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Learning about breast cancer risk from DNA

In a hurry? Here’s what you need to know: Angelina Jolie learned about her increased risk of breast cancer from her DNA Variants in BRCA genes can significantly increase a person’s risk of developing cancer...

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The 6 best Weekly Genes from our first year

It’s been over 52 weeks since the Helix Store opened. It wasn’t long after that we debuted a blog series called The Weekly Gene where we highlight a different human gene each week. Since it...

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