How Understanding Genes Can Help Us Fight Immune Diseases

Over the years, various scientists have suggested that the role of genetics in the risk of having an immune disease could be missed during research. These scientists and their collaborators have discovered that the contribution of genetic variations in disease risk lies not only in genes but in the molecular “switches” that control these genes as well. Continue reading “How Understanding Genes Can Help Us Fight Immune Diseases” »

Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes

craving sugar? maybe it's in your genes

The gene FGF21 provides the instructions for creating a hormone of the same name; it is linked with food regulation in rodents and nonhuman primates. This new insight suggests FGF21 might actually moderate some appetites in humans as well. Interestingly, the work also suggests that the liver, which secretes the FGF21 hormone and controls insulin resistance, could be playing a larger role in snack management because it produces this hormone and communicates with the brain. Continue reading “Craving Sugar? Maybe It’s In Your Genes” »

Proving Maternity with DNA Testing

While paternity testing is well known, did you know that there is also a DNA test available to prove maternity? While maternity DNA tests are requested less frequently than paternity tests, a maternal DNA test may be legally requested if a court ever wants to medically verify a mother for legal reasons. A court could request verification if there has been a hospital mix-up, or in foster care, adoption, or immigration cases.   Continue reading “Proving Maternity with DNA Testing” »

Health Conditions Passed Down Through Your Genes

All of the hype around mail-in DNA test kits is for good reason. Testing your genetics for important markers can help you catch and treat health issues early, as well as help you figure out your best diet. Our DNA testing services are fast, accurate, and potentially lifesaving. Continue reading “Health Conditions Passed Down Through Your Genes” »

Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code

The US government recommends newborns be screened for a minimum of 34 disorders (some states may have additional requirements). The standard test involves a small sample of blood taken the baby’s heel. This new test takes only a swab of saliva from a newborn’s cheek; it will probe the baby’s genes for 193 genetic diseases, like anemia, epilepsy, and metabolic disorders. The $649 test is meant for healthy babies, as a supplement to existing screening tests. Continue reading “Newborn Test Looks For 193 Diseases in Genetic Code” »