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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This is how Helix has made me a better engineer

Before joining Helix, all I knew about DNA was that it could be used to find biological parents if a child is abducted. After joining, it took me no time to realize that our DNA...

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Challenging the status quo: Who was Percy Julian?

Percy Julian was an African-American research chemist who came to be recognized as one of the greatest chemists of the 1900s. Born a single generation out of slavery, he was awarded the very first McNaughton...

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