Category Archives: Americans

Over 150,000 Americans Have Rare DNA Fluke and Don’t Know It, Study of 23andMe Data Finds

A supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out Thursday. The study, based largely on 23andMe data, suggests that one in every 2,000 people are born with two copies of a gene from only a single parent, often with no serious health consequences.Ordinarily, a person’s egg or… Continue reading

Three Americans Have Died After Contracting Rare Brain-Infecting Virus Spread by Mosquitoes

The Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, seen above infecting cells in the central nervous system.Image: Dr. Fred Murphy; Sylvia Whitfield (CDC) On Monday, Rhode Island health officials reported that a resident had died after contracting the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The death marks the third fatality linked to EEE reported this year, and the… Continue reading