Health & Disease

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...

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

The Celtic curse is explained by genetic changes in one gene that controls iron absorption. Long ago, Irish Celts worried about "fairies" replacing their...

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 “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...

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...

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...

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...

Alpha Thalassemia is a Common Inherited Blood Disorder

When Phileas Fogg made his first trip around the world in 1873, it took him 80 days. In 2015, it only takes 27 hours...

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Y marks the spot: a genetic explanation to why you have more brothers than sisters (or vice versa)

Have you every wondered why some families have more boys than girls or why more boys (or girls) are...
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The Habsburg Jaw and the Genetics Behind Inbreeding

New study links the famous “Habsburg Jaw” to inbreeding, further confirming the idea that inter-family marriages weaken bloodlines by...

Genetic testing for diagnosing rare diseases: are we there yet?

With the advances made in next-generation sequencing technologies personalized medicine, caring for patients based on a genetic understanding of...

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DNA Analyses Prove the Relics of Saint Birgitta are Fake

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