We’ve analyzed over 1,000 more phenotypes using the UK Biobank’s latest data

Two weeks ago, we were the first research group to post our analysis results of the newly released UK Biobank exome sequence data on 50,000 individuals. We have now added to our list of phenotypes...

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Helix Engineering: Making dependency management suck less

Dependency management is one of the worst things a software engineer has to deal with as they go about their day converting dreams to bits. Decades of real-life experience across countless languages and operating systems...

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What is an “actionable” health insight?

As genetic testing becomes commonplace both at home and in the doctor’s office, you’re likely to hear some new terms that may be unfamiliar to you. You might also hear some familiar terms in entirely...

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Researchers have access to new data on thousands of exomes. Here’s what we found.

Click here to see an interactive, searchable interface for the results described below. At Helix, we believe that the best genetic insights come from deep dives into a person’s DNA. That’s why we’ve designed and...

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Could DNA affect the feeling of stiffness in our hands and knees?

As adults, we often forget that our bodies are active construction sites. It makes sense when we’re kids—building bones and cartilage is all part of growing up. But when we’re adults, our bodies have to...

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What is heartburn, and how might DNA influence its treatment?

Heartburn, sometimes called acid reflux, is an all-too-common condition that leaves sufferers feeling nauseous and confused. It’s hard to know exactly what’s causing it, let alone what to do about it. Fortunately, in the late...

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The evolution of basketball dynasties

Over the next three weeks, 62 collegiate teams will compete in a “survival of the fittest”-style tournament: winners will play winners, losers will go home. That phrase—”survival of the fittest”—evokes Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution...

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