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Are We Genetically Similar To Bananas And Why Is This Important For Research In Disease?

‘How related are humans to bananas’ is one of the most commonly googled questions - and some answers say it is as high as 50%. How can this be, we hear you ask? Well, it’s not exactly true. Here’s why:

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Are Food Allergies Genetic?

Food allergies are an increasing problem worldwide and severe reactions to food are becoming more common. Allergies as a whole are abnormal immune system reactions to substances that for most people are typically harmless, they occur when the immune system mistakes one of these substances to be harming the body.

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Sano Genetics appoints Dr Paul Wicks as Scientific Advisor

We are very excited to announce that Dr Paul Wicks is joining us in our mission to make personalised medicine a reality by connecting people more closely with research.

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Genomelink and Sano Genetics Partnership

The biotech startup, Genomelink, has announced it is partnering with genomic research and data-sharing startup, Sano Genetics, that will match consumers’ genetic information with new medical research. The aim of this partnership is to encourage more consumers to donate their DNA for research and to be rewarded in return.

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Sano featured in The Guardian

Over the weekend, The Guardian published an article about the future of genetic sequencing and focused on Sano's ongoing work and our recent kit launch.

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Genetics Podcasts You Need to Listen to

Interested in finding out more about genetics and an avid podcast fan? Here are a few of our favourites:

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Weird and wonderful mutations in humans

They might not be X-men but these mutations really are superhuman.

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Get to know the Neanderthals

Neanderthals are our closest extinct Human relatives. How they fit into our genealogy is still up for debate but either way, these long lost cousins of ours are often misunderstood.

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How do genetic counsellors help people with rare conditions?

Find out how Genetic Counsellors and charities like Genetic Disorders UK help support people with genetic conditions.

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Top Genetics News Stories September 2019

Here’s the rundown on the top genetics news stories from around the world in August 2019.

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Genetics terms you need to know

If you’ve got an interest in genetics or you’re planning on doing a DNA test, here’s some of the most important terms you’ll need to know.

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Best Additional Free DNA Analysis Tools for 23andMe, AncestryDNA and MyHeritage Users

AncestryDNA, 23andMe, and MyHeritage have a combined total of over 15 million consumers’ genetic information in their database. All of these companies allow customers to download their raw data and there are hundreds of companies offering to re-analyse your data to give you even more information about your health or ancestry.

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How does your DNA affect the medication you take?

In this article we discuss why some people respond well to certain treatments and others don’t, in addition to whether treatments are safe to use on a wide range of people or if we need to be making medicine more personalised.

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Building a Patient Registry

Neil Bennet from Action Duchenne discusses setting up a patient registry.

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Genomics and Type 2 Diabetes

Learn about the genetic causes of Type 2 Diabetes, the disease progression, complications and patient response to treatment.

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Genomics and Mental Health

How genomics is influencing treatment of depression and other mental health conditions.

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How Machine Learning & AI can Contribute to the Future of Healthcare

Last week on our Genetics Podcast, we had the honour of hosting Eric Topol, author of ‘The Patient Will See You Now’ and ‘Deep Medicine’.

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We answer the top genetics questions on Quora: Part Two

We found the top 5 DNA and human evolution questions on Quora and asked our CEO Dr Patrick Short to give us his answer for each.

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Demystifying Genomics for Patient Registries

Patrick Short shares his highlights from the Demystifying Genomics for Patient Registries event held on Thursday 11th July 2019 and hosted by Sano Genetics.

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Dr Sonya Abraham on biologics, arthritis and the gut microbiome

This week we had the pleasure of hosting Dr Sonya Abraham, a researcher from Imperial College London, on our genetics podcast.

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A diet which helps you fit in your genes

In the third installment of our podcast, CEO Dr Patrick Short discusses diet and genetics with Dr Giles Yeo; author of ‘gene eating’ and researcher at the University of Cambridge, studying the genetics underlying obesity and appetite control.

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We answer the top genetics questions on Quora: Part One

We picked the top 5 genetics and DNA questions from Quora and asked Dr Patrick Short (our CEO) to give us his answer for each.

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Impute.me creator Lasse Folkersen discusses his passion project

Last week we had the honour of hosting Lasse Folkersen, a scientist at the Sankt Hans Hospital in Copenhagen and founder of impute.me, for our new podcast episode.

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Genomics in clinical trials: the best current initiatives in chronic diseases

Genomics is transforming clinical trials, from shedding light into the varying patient responses to drug treatments to controlling for confounders between the placebo and treatment arm, to stratifying patients before trial recruitment.

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Sano Genetics Scientific Review Methodology

We are excited to partner with DNAtestingchoice (the leading website for personal genetic test reviews) to offer scientific reviews on the rapidly increasing number of personal genetic tests.

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Book review: the best books about personal genetics and DNA?

Here is a list of some of our favourite books on personal genetics and DNA which are perfect for people of all knowledge levels and would make a great gift for someone interested in discovering more about themselves or exploring the science behind their genes.

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How Direct to Consumer Genetics is Changing

In 2010, Ozzy Osbourne, the hard-partying rock star, had his whole genome sequenced and analysed for around $35,000. This was not for a medical diagnosis, but performed by a startup company called Knome. Today you can have your whole genome sequenced for between $800 and $1200.

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Who are Sano Genetics?

Introducing Sano Genetics a platform built to connect individuals with exciting genetic research projects. This blog covers our current research projects (on eczema and psoriasis) and our plans for The Genetics Podcast.

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Are there any disadvantages of using genetics in clinical trials?

From added costs to unintentional findings - there's a lot more variables to take into consideration when you use genetic testing in clinical trials.

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The benefits of using genomics in clinical trials

How genomics can help clinical trials

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Researcher Spotlight: A Conversation with Fernando Riveros Mckay Aguilera

Fernando was involved in the largest study of its kind to date, looking at why some people manage to stay thin, while others gain weight easily.

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Eczema and Psoriasis : an anonymous story

Skin conditions can be tough to deal with. This is one story of a lifetime of battling eczema, and psoriasis and misdiagnosis.

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Psoriasis in your twenties: an anonymous story

A 21 year old from Germany tells us what it’s like to have psoriasis in his teens and twenties...

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What it’s like to live with eczema

Hear from three people sharing their stories of how Eczema has affected their work life, relationships and self-confidence.

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Me & my psoriasis: An anonymous story

A 32 year old from Seattle shares her story battling psoriasis everyday.

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Beating the itch: Jennifer's story

Now aged 20, Jennifer has been living with Eczema since childhood. This is what she has learnt along the way.

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Pioneering research platform, Sano Genetics, raises seed funding

Start-up set to transform drug discovery and accelerate growth of personalised medicine

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Can you find out about your genes, without putting your data at risk?

How can we make personalised medicine a reality without sacrificing our privacy or having our health data sold to the highest bidder?

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How I learned to live with my psoriasis

Diagnosed in his late twenties, this is Chris’s journey with psoriasis.

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Why it's ok to feel down about my skin

A mum and counselor, Laura talks about what it’s like to live with Eczema all her life.

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How Eczema stops me from doing the things I love

A 25 year old from Indiana, Rachel shares with us how eczema has affected her everyday life.

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Can genetics help us treat psoriasis and eczema?

Imagine you have an identical twin (or maybe you already do!)...

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Does Stress have a genetic link?

Is there any evidence to suggest that stress runs in families?

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BRCA genes

How they have changed the way we understand breast cancer

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Autism

Public opinion vs latest research findings

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How do scientists find genes that cause diseases?

The short answer is that we introduce Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS). We often come across reports linking genetic markers as associated with a certain disease — read on to find out what these markers are and how their relationship with disease is determined...

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Forever young?

What can genetics research teach us about healthy aging?

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Genetics and the contraceptive pill

Can side-effects be predicted and contraception personalised?

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Genetics 101

The recipe book for life

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