Category «Interesting»

Ancestry.com vs 23andMe: Comparing the raw data files

I recently picked up an AncestryDNA kit out of curiosity to find out how well the data matched up to the 23andMe test that I did a few years ago.  Quick answer: It matched up better than I expected. First, a couple of caveats:   I’m not a genealogy expert and was not comparing the …

Biohacks – Experiments and Optimizations Based on My Genetics

After three years of digging into genetics and learning all that I can about my genes, I wanted to get a little personal and share a few things that have worked for me. I would also love to hear back from all of you.  Leave a comment below or comment on the Facebook page if …

Intriguing Genes: Do you taste what I taste?

Ever wonder why some people don’t like Brussel sprouts or strong, dark coffee?  I love a good, dark roast, cup of coffee, and Brussel sprouts and cabbage taste great.  It turns out that I can’t taste the bitter compound in them, but the majority of people can. On the other hand, I have yet to find a …

Lactose Intolerance: The genetics of not producing lactase

Are you a milk drinker?  I had always thought it a bit strange that my husband like a big glass of milk with dinner.  It just didn’t appeal to me at all. I didn’t think ever think about lactose intolerance, though, because I still drink small amounts of milk in my coffee and on cereal. …

Intriguing Genes: Differences in how we smell things

Learning about genetics has given me a new perspective on so many different subjects.  For example, seeing first-hand how much of a difference the right vitamins and minerals make in a person’s mood due to changes in their neurotransmitter balance has made me much more understanding.  Cut me off in traffic?  Instead of just assuming you …

How Well Does YOUR Body Convert Beta-Carotene to Vitamin A?

Everyone knows that carrots and sweet potatoes are great sources of vitamin A, right?  Turns out it isn’t that straightforward for everyone.  The beta-carotene in orange fruits and vegetables has to be converted into the form of vitamin A that our bodies can use, and genetics plays a huge role in how well we do …