More Reliable DNA Barcodes

A new method for designing DNA barcodes better suited for large-scale sequencing studies could revolutionize biomedical research. DNA sequencing technologies have come a long way, since the first draft of the human genome was published...

Taking Aspirin to Lower Cancer Risk – When Your Genes Might Defy You

When Felix Hoffman, a German chemist working for Bayer, wanted to develop his new drug aspirin in 1897, he was promptly ignored. He was told his drug had an “enfeebling” effect on the heart,...

The APOE e4 Allele Increases Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Going, going, gone! There goes your memory and that’s only the beginning. Next you lose the ability to think and reason, then forget how to cook, read or dance. Finally you don’t remember how...

Taking Control of Your Cholesterol – APOE and Cardiovascular Disease

At your annual exam two months ago, your cholesterol levels were through the roof. Your doctor was worried that you may be at high risk for a heart attack. You try a low-fat diet...

Hemochromatosis – 1 in 9 Individuals of European Ancestry Carry a Mutation in the...

The Celtic curse is explained by genetic changes in one gene that controls iron absorption. Long ago, Irish Celts worried about "fairies" replacing their children with changelings or fairy children who suffered from unexplained...

Are You at Increased Risk of Thrombophilia?

You are cutting vegetables, one accidental slip and your finger is bleeding. You are on your bike and you swerve to avoid a squirrel. The next minute you are on the ground and your...

The “Viking Hypothesis” – Genetic Ties to Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Hereditary hemochromatosis is a deadly but treatable disease, found predominantly in individuals of European descent. The gene mutation most commonly associated with hemochromatosis is the C282Y mutation in the HFE gene. Almost 85 to...

Are you Genetically Prone to Narcolepsy?

Remember that Friends episode, when Chandler fell asleep at a meeting and ended up with a job in Tulsa? How about the time the bus driver had to wake you up at the end...

Do You Have the Sickle Cell Trait?

Climbing Mount Everest or crossing the Sahara by camel? Maybe, you’ve secretly dreamed of doing one of these things? Or, perhaps you’ve made a New Year's resolution to be more active and get more...

Familial Hypercholesterolemia – The Story of Genetics, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Danny Jones was a professional rugby player. One day in the middle of a game, he died from sudden cardiac arrest, at the age of 29. Layton Cooper was a businessman. He wasn’t overweight,...

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