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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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Recent articles explaining health, genetics, longevity, nutrition, and more


  • Depression, genetics, and mitochondrial function
    How does mitochondrial dysfunction relate to major depressive disorder? Learn about the causes of mitochondrial dysfunction as well as genetic variants that link the risk of depression to the mitochondria.
  • Genetics and Food Allergies
    Do you have a food allergy? Discover how the combination of environmental factors and genetic susceptibility can shape individual reactions.
  • Coffee Consumption, Genetics, and Prediabetes
    Does coffee increase or decrease your risk of prediabetes? Learn more about coffee consumption and your genetic risk.
  • Methylation Cycle Topic Summary
    Utilize our Methylation Cycle 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)
  • Folate-rich recipes for MTHFR
    Getting enough folate in your diet? We’ve collected some simple nutritional tools and recipes to get you on track.
  • Ashwagandha: Research backed benefits and side effects
    Are there benefits to taking ashwagandha? Learn more about this supplement and where the newest clinical research shows promise and results.
  • BHMT: Genetic Variants that Impact Methylation
    BHMT is involved in homocysteine methylation and impacts the methylation cycle. (Member’s article)
  • MTHFR: How to check your data for C677T and A1298C
    Check your 23andMe or AncestryDNA data for the MTHFR C677T and A1298C variants. Learn what the scientific research shows about MTHFR.
  • COMT and supplement interactions
    Some supplements interact with COMT variants to impact the rate at which neurotransmitters are broken down. Check your COMT genotype and discover how this may affect your reaction to different supplements or combinations of supplements.
  • Arsenic detoxification and your genes
    Arsenic exposure occurs via well water, in certain foods, and through breathing. This article covers the pathways the body uses to get rid of arsenic, and it includes information on genetic variants that may impair the detoxification of arsenic.
  • CYP2B6: Genetic variants impacting medication reactions
    The CYP2B6 enzyme is part of the body’s first line of defense in detoxifying and breaking down certain and important for metabolizing several medications. Genetic variants of this enzyme can either speed up or slow down its function.
  • ADAMTS13 and VWF Genetic Variants: blood clots and thrombocytopenia
    Genetic Variants involving the ADAMTS13 gene and VWF (von Willebrand Factor) can increase the risk of blood clots and thrombocytopenia.

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