Genetics

Iron: Is Supplementing Dangerous For Your Genes?

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 Iron? Iron is an essential mineral for blood production that helps move oxygen through the body.…

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A Longer Lifespan and Healthy Aging May be in Your Genes!

What is FOXO3? Forkhead box O3 protein (FOXO3) helps regulate genes involved in DNA repair, tumor suppression, immune function, and resistance to oxidative stress, among other things. Some variants of FOXO3 are associated with a longer and healthier life. [1,2] What does FOXO3 have to do with longevity? Oxidative stress occurs when there is an…

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Vitamin B12: Why You Should Care Even if You Eat Meat

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 Vitamin B12? Vitamin B12, or cobalamin, is an essential, water-soluble micronutrient required by the human body…

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Should We Worry About Eugenics?

With all of the admitted benefits of direct to consumer genetic testing, I think it is also important to speak about it’s seedy underbelly. Let’s talk about the elephant in the room – eugenics. What are eugenics? According to Oxford Dictionary, eugenics is “the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding to increase…

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Coffee: Should You be Drinking it Based on Your Genes?

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 do genes have to do with coffee? Did you ever wonder why some people prefer very dark…

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Nutrigenetics: What Food Does Your DNA Crave?

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 how the nutrients in food affect…

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Do Your Genes Determine How Rich You Will Be?

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?

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 foods and exercises that are right…

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Pharmaceutical Giant Invests $300 MILLION in 23andme

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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How Much Are Your Genes Worth?

The short answer is – a lot. Just not to you. By some estimates, a person’s genome may be worth up to $50,000. The Direct To Consumer genetics companies know the value of genetic data. Their business models are determined by the value of the data that they can commercialize. They know they can make…

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