Welcome to Genetic Lifehacks!

My goal is to show you how to use your genetic raw data:

  • Learn how your genes impact your physical and mental health
  • Explore evidence-based solutions that may work for your genes
  • Apply current health and genetics research

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Read the Latest Articles:

  • Top 10 Genes to Check in Your Genetic Raw Data
    Wondering what is important in your genetic raw data? Check out this list of 10 genes to look at in your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data.
  • Inclusion Body Myositis: Recent Research and Genetic Links
    Inclusion body myositis is a progressive, chronic condition that causes muscle weakness. It may be an interplay between inflammation, the dysregulation of proteins, mitochondrial dysfunction, and changes to autophagy. Somewhere in the mix, autoimmunity may be triggering it.
  • Vaccines, Genetics, and Autoimmune Diseases: A roundup of the research
    A look into the research-backed studies showing how certain vaccines may slightly increase the absolute risk of autoimmune diseases in susceptible individuals. (Member’s article)
  • Vitamin K: CYP4F2 and VKORC1 Genetic Variants
    Genetic variations cause people to have higher or lower levels of vitamin K, which can affect blood clotting. Learn more about the genes that affect vitamin K and how it relates to your genetic raw data.
  • Supplemental Melatonin
    Melatonin is important for setting your circadian rhythm and for immune health. Dig into the details on melatonin supplements, scientific research, and more.
  • Lithium orotate and B12 make the world a happier place… for some people.
    For some people, low-dose, supplemental lithium orotate is a game changer when combined with vitamin B12. But other people may have little to no response. The difference may be in your genes.
  • PTPN22 and Autoimmune Diseases
    The PTPN22 gene plays a pivotal role in that balance, and genetic variants (SNPs) in PTPN22 increase your risk of autoimmune conditions such as vitiligo, alopecia, RA, type 1 diabetes, and autoimmune thyroid diseases. (Member’s article)
  • TNF-alpha: Inflammation and Your Genes
    Do you feel like you are always dealing with inflammation? Joint pain, food sensitivity, etc? Perhaps you are genetically geared towards a higher inflammatory response. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that acts as a signaling molecule in our immune system.
  • Genetic variants linked to COVID-19 severity
    The question on everyone’s mind these days seems to be… Will I get the COVID? If I do, will it be bad? Learn about the result of a new genome-wide association study, and then check your genetic data. (Member’s article)
  • SCD1: A lynchpin of metabolism
    The SCD1 enzyme converts saturated fatty acids to unsaturated fats. Learn how your genes impact this enzyme, and how this relates to weight loss.
  • Zinc genes: The healing power of zinc
    Learn why zinc is important for your immune system and so much more. Find out how your genes impact your need for zinc and discover ways of boosting your zinc status. 
  • Immune System and Inflammation Topic Summary Report
    Utilize our Immune System and Inflammation Topic Summary Reports with your 23andMe or AncestryDNA genetic data to see which articles may be most relevant to you. These summaries are attempting to distill the complex information down into just a few words. Please see the linked articles for details and complete references. (Member’s article)

My Story

Hi! I’m Debbie Moon. Welcome to Genetic Lifehacks.

When I first had my genetic data sequenced, I was both amazed at the research available in academic journals and frustrated by the difficult language and disconnected topics.

Genetic Lifehacks began as a way to share what I was learning about genetics with my family and friends. My goal has always been to freely share information so that everyone can benefit.

As the website grew in popularity, I decided that I needed to know more… both more about genetics and more about how the pieces of the biological systems fit together. Since my undergraduate degree was in engineering, I went back to school and received my Master’s degree in Biological Sciences from Clemson University.

Now a full-time endeavor, Genetic Lifehacks has reached almost 2 million readers, equipping people to use their genetic data to optimize their health. 

Debbie Moon, Founder of Genetic Lifehacks