Alnylam and 23andMe Collaborate on +MyFamily Program to Increase Awareness of TTR-Related Hereditary Amyloidosis
− Companies share a commitment to supporting patients with this rare, underdiagnosed hereditary condition and are now offering more people the opportunity to learn about their health risk −
The disease, called TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis, is a genetic condition caused by the buildup of a protein called transthyretin (TTR) in the body's tissues and organs. This protein buildup, called amyloidosis, can damage the nerves, the heart, and other parts of the body.
“TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis runs in families, but is hard to diagnose due to the various ways symptoms can manifest,” said
The new program is part of a collaboration to raise awareness of this underdiagnosed, but potentially life-threatening, hereditary condition.
“hATTR amyloidosis is a devastating condition that affects families, generation after generation. This unique collaboration with 23andMe builds on our commitment to raising awareness and providing education about this rare disease, which people often struggle with for years until receiving a proper diagnosis,” said
As part of the +myFamily program, 23andMe customers who have viewed their own Hereditary Amyloidosis (TTR-Related) report, opted in to participate in 23andMe Research, and have been identified as a carrier will have the opportunity to invite up to six first-degree family members (parent, sibling or child) to receive a free 23andMe Health + Ancestry kit. Family members who choose to participate in the +myFamily program can choose whether they wish to view their health reports, including their Hereditary Amyloidosis (TTR-Related) Genetic Health Risk report.
About the 23andMe Hereditary Amyloidosis (TTR-related) Genetic Health Risk Report
The 23andMe Hereditary Amyloidosis (TTR-related) Genetic Health Risk report looks at three of the most common TTR variants (V122I, V30M, and T60A) that account for an estimated 50-to-80 percent of TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis cases and describes if a person has variants associated with an increased risk of developing TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis. The report does not test for all possible variants linked to TTR-related hereditary amyloidosis. Customers that do not have one of the variants 23andMe tests for could still have a variant not covered in the report. The majority of the variants included in this report have been most studied in people of African American, West African, Portuguese, Northern Swedish, Japanese, Irish, and British descent. 23andMe will not share customers’ individual-level data, personal health information, or personally identifiable information with Alnylam.
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