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23andMe Launches Free Online Community for Moms and Moms-to-Be
Date:3/31/2009

n take a weekly survey that tracks things like morning sickness, weight gain, drug reactions, food cravings and major milestones of pregnancy, providing a valuable tool for recording their progress. Every week the survey reveals how other women at the same stage of pregnancy are answering the same questions, offering each member a unique perspective on her relationship to the rest of the community.
  • Community Discussions -- Members can join the forum and get answers to their questions from knowledgeable women who have been there. The forum covers everything from old wives' tales and conventional wisdom to the latest research findings and practical solutions to common problems of pregnancy.
  • Research Surveys -- Members can take online surveys and help advance research into a range of conditions such as gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and pre-term labor, while getting immediate feedback about how their experiences compare with those of the rest of the community.

  • Through the genetic research studies 23andMe plans to conduct, the company hopes to discover the genetic roots of pregnancy complications that could in turn lead to improved preventive care and healthier future pregnancies for women worldwide.

    Dr. Thomas Musci, a San Francisco-based perinatologist, geneticist and consultant to 23andMe, commented: "Right now, we don't know nearly as much as we could about the role genetics plays in health conditions affecting pregnant women. Discoveries in this area will be crucial in developing individualized plans for women to prevent, manage, and treat these conditions. I am excited and hopeful that the research conducted by 23andMe will lead to significant advancements in our understanding of the genomic basis of adverse pregnancy outcomes."

    Members who upgrade to the 23andMe Personal Genome Service, which costs $399, will receive additional information
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