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Nutrigenetics: What Food Does Your DNA Crave?

Jun 23, 2019

Written by: Jamie June 23, 2019 Being aware of your specific genes can help you make more informed decisions about the foods and exercises that are right (or wrong!) for your body—all of which can help prevent health problems later down the road*. What is Nutrigenetics? In a previous blog post we discussed nutrigenomics, or…

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Protecting Online Privacy – Part 2: Tracking and Ads

Jun 23, 2019

In our previous post we covered the benefits of using a commercial VPN service to protect your online privacy. If you didn’t get a chance to check it out, you can find it here. Today’s post will address threats to our online privacy that come from within the web pages we’re accessing. Tracking Cookies &…

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Do Your Genes Determine How Rich You Will Be?

Jun 7, 2019

In a recent WIRED article, it was reported that statistical geneticist David Hill from the UK has found associations between certain genes and a higher likelihood for financial success. Using something called a Genome Wide Association Study or “GWAS”, they analyzed 18 Million different regions in the genomes of 262,00 participants, ultimately finding 30 genetic areas…

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Nutrigenomics: Can Food Change Your DNA?

May 22, 2019

Written by: Jamie May 22, 2019 Do you know what diseases you are likely to get or what vitamin deficiencies you are at risk for? Did you know that what you eat may affect the likelihood of developing a disease? Being aware of your specific genes can help you make more informed decisions about the…

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Cofounder Reflects On Why He Created Secret Sequence

Feb 28, 2019

My connection to genetics has always been intensely personal. As I was growing up, I watched my grandfather slowly deteriorate due to Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative genetic disease. He started to slouch. Instead of the confident strides he once took, he slowly shuffled, barely able to lift his legs off the floor. His hands shook…

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FamilyTreeDNA FBI Scandal

Feb 15, 2019

According to a recent article from the New York Times, FamilyTreeDNA, a top player in the Direct-To-Consumer genetics space, has admitted to giving the FBI access to it’s digital genetic database  for the purpose of solving crimes. But this disclosure has set off outrage from their customer base, as many believed their information would stay…

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Protecting Online Privacy – Part 1: VPNs

Feb 5, 2019

This is the first in a series of blog posts we’ll be publishing on the topic of protecting your privacy online. Secret Sequence puts privacy first, and it’s important to us that our users understand how to protect themselves online. We hope the following will be helpful in protecting yourself online. What is a VPN?…

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What Is A Warrant Canary Anyway?

Jan 17, 2019

You may have noticed the above image on our website. (If you don’t see an image of a canary, something may have happened. Read on for more) So what is it and why do we have it? What Is A Warrant Canary? A warrant canary is an image, text passage, or some other media indicating…

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Pharmaceutical Giant Invests $300 MILLION in 23andme

Jan 7, 2019

Big Pharma Wants Your Data Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) announced in 2018 that they would be partnering with Direct-to-Consumer DNA Testing Company 23andme. While this partnership may seem harmless on the surface, it underscores the business model of most Direct-to-Consumer genetics companies. Who Owns You? According to medical ethics experts, the real question is, “Who…

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