Research for the Common Good

Posted by John, Volunteer Mentor @johnbishop, Jan 13, 2017

I saw this ad on one of my Facebook groups and thought it would be worthwhile to participate and do the surveys. While it may not specifically help my situation it may help researchers develop better treatments for future generations. This research is being done by the University of Michigan.

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Genes for Good
Research for the Common Good. Do you know anyone who has had a heart attack or cancer? A friend who suffers from diabetes, blindness, or migraines? Or a family member who fights addiction, obesity, or mental illness?

Odds are you do. We aim to work toward cures for generations yet to come by generating and analyzing an enormous database of health and genetic information. The Genes for Good research study is a way to collect this information. This research will provide valuable biological insight into the causes of common diseases, and thus informing treatment and prevention efforts. To make the biggest advances, we need tens of thousands of participants.

Learn about Yourself. As a participant in Genes for Good you have a unique opportunity to learn about your health, behavior, ancestors, and how you compare to other study participants. Using plotting tools we visualize information you provide to the study in the App itself. If you like, you can also download your uninterpreted genetic data. After all, it’s your information and you should be able to do with it what you wish.
https://genesforgood.sph.umich.edu/
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Anyone know of other research projects related to health and wellness?

John

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@johnbishop – my apologies that somehow this post was overlooked some time back. However, it's a great opportunity to ask you if you know if the The Genes for Good research study is completed? If so, what were the findings?

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@lisalucier

@johnbishop – my apologies that somehow this post was overlooked some time back. However, it's a great opportunity to ask you if you know if the The Genes for Good research study is completed? If so, what were the findings?

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@lisalucier thank you for refreshing my memory! When I first found the Genes for Good site I was really looking for an inexpensive way to check my heritage but was impressed by the goal of the research that is being done by the University of Michigan. My mother had always said her grandfather was a full blood Cherokee and my interest was peaked to see if it were true. I joined the Genes for Good and received/returned the spit test kit for the DNA and a few months later found out that my DNA shows 100% European ancestry. I did get the raw data returned but it's pretty useless unless you have a way to view it. I used their Facebook app on their page to view my results and also view the different health group statistics and found them very interesting but non conclusive from a personal health viewpoint.

I in late 2018, Mayo Clinic started advertising GeneGuide and I decided I would participate because it was health oriented. I was a little overwhelmed with the data even though it was presented with a lot of instructions on how to interpret the test results. I just now went back and looked at the results PDF that was returned to me and zonkers…one of the two main increased risks stood out – Age Related Macular Degeneration which seems a little ominous right now since I've been having some trouble with my vision and was thinking it's time for my yearly eye exam. The other one is a slightly increased risk for Coronary Artery Disease which I've always been concerned and why I've been trying to lose more weight, eat healthier and exercise more…not there yet ☺

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@johnbishop

@lisalucier thank you for refreshing my memory! When I first found the Genes for Good site I was really looking for an inexpensive way to check my heritage but was impressed by the goal of the research that is being done by the University of Michigan. My mother had always said her grandfather was a full blood Cherokee and my interest was peaked to see if it were true. I joined the Genes for Good and received/returned the spit test kit for the DNA and a few months later found out that my DNA shows 100% European ancestry. I did get the raw data returned but it's pretty useless unless you have a way to view it. I used their Facebook app on their page to view my results and also view the different health group statistics and found them very interesting but non conclusive from a personal health viewpoint.

I in late 2018, Mayo Clinic started advertising GeneGuide and I decided I would participate because it was health oriented. I was a little overwhelmed with the data even though it was presented with a lot of instructions on how to interpret the test results. I just now went back and looked at the results PDF that was returned to me and zonkers…one of the two main increased risks stood out – Age Related Macular Degeneration which seems a little ominous right now since I've been having some trouble with my vision and was thinking it's time for my yearly eye exam. The other one is a slightly increased risk for Coronary Artery Disease which I've always been concerned and why I've been trying to lose more weight, eat healthier and exercise more…not there yet ☺

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P.S. – The Mayo Clinic GeneGuide also showed my ancestry as 100% European ☺

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@johnbishop

P.S. – The Mayo Clinic GeneGuide also showed my ancestry as 100% European ☺

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@johnbishop Were you disappointed to know of no Cherokee ancestry?

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@hopeful33250

@johnbishop Were you disappointed to know of no Cherokee ancestry?

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Devastated 😁

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@johnbishop, do you have any paperwork showing your ancestry? We have paperwork but cannot find it right now. Mine showed no Native American ancestry whatever. We are totally confused. If we aren't Native American I dont know what we are. I have male relatives who had the tests done. They say it will only show up on the male relatives. My Father told stories about how his ancestors fled to the mountains rather than walk the Trail of Tears. I know he did not lie.

My brain is not flexible enough to figure this out right now. I'm going to put this on the back burner and let it simmer for awhile. Maybe you and I both will get some good news one day.

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

@johnbishop, do you have any paperwork showing your ancestry? We have paperwork but cannot find it right now. Mine showed no Native American ancestry whatever. We are totally confused. If we aren't Native American I dont know what we are. I have male relatives who had the tests done. They say it will only show up on the male relatives. My Father told stories about how his ancestors fled to the mountains rather than walk the Trail of Tears. I know he did not lie.

My brain is not flexible enough to figure this out right now. I'm going to put this on the back burner and let it simmer for awhile. Maybe you and I both will get some good news one day.

Love and light,
Mamacita Jane

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Mamacita Jane @mamacita, One of my cousins is into ancestry and has built the family tree that goes back to 1580 to Major William BALLEW, 1580-Devonshire, England. My cousin is also the grandson of Shoeless Joe Jackson of baseball fame.

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