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23andMe Genetic Report on Panic Attacks

23andMe has introduced a new report for its customers on the genetics related to panic attacks. The report, available to subscribers of the premium 23andMe+ service, estimates the genetic likelihood of developing panic disorder or other conditions for which panic attacks are a symptom. The consumer genetics firm makes its estimates based on a proprietary statistical model that considers more than 6,700 genetic markers, as well as ethnicity and birth sex. This is the fourth mental health-related report in the 23andMe+ collection.

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