Genetics

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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