Are you genetically more likely to have twins?

Twins tend to ‘run in families’, which is a colloquial way of saying that there is a hereditary component that increases the likelihood of having twins. According to the CDC, the number of twin births has risen 76% since 1980. It is estimated that…

Review of 23andMe’s GrandTree Feature

Ever wonder whether you get your red hair from your grandmother or grandfather? Is it grandma’s fault that you are likely to go bald? The GrandTree feature on 23andMe allows you to link together three generations to see what a grandchild inherited from their grandparents….

PMS, Genetics, and Solutions

A lot of women know the moodiness and brain fog that comes with premenstrual syndrome (PMS).  It can range from simply feeling irritable and icky to being something that really interferes with our lives. What role do genes play in PMS?  It has been shown…

How to download your AncestryDNA raw data and import it into Excel

A quick tutorial for today on downloading your data from AncestryDNA. Why download your data?  Well, it is YOUR data — genetic data about you that you paid for…  If you download it from AncestryDNA, then you can use that data in a variety…

How well do AncestryDNA.com and 23andMe data match?

Wondering whether to go with an Ancestry.com or 23 and me kit? I recently picked up an AncestryDNA kit 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…

Review of Genos – Whole Exome Sequencing

UPDA/TE:  Genos was bought out by another company…  Good reminder to read through privacy policies!  The company that bought them now owns customer’s data but said they would abide by the Genos privacy policy.  I did ask for my data to be deleted and…

How to Download Your 23andMe Data

Someone asked me recently how to download their raw data file from 23 and Me. So here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to download your genetic data. Why download your data? It is yours — all YOU! It may be something you need…

Checking Your Carrier Status for Genetic Diseases

The term “carrier status” when applied to a genetic disease usually means looking at whether or not you are heterozygous (have one copy) for a mutation that causes a Mendelian genetic disease. Generally, these are the rare diseases that you would need two copies…

Dyslexia – Genetic Connections

Genetics of Dyslexia

While dyslexia is known to run in families, the role of genetics in dyslexia is still being determined.  Here is a quick look at some of the genes thought to be involved in dyslexia, which affects around 10% of the population. Two of the genes…

Genetics of Grinding Your Teeth

It never fails to amaze me how many of our quirks and traits have a genetic basis.  A study that came out last week caught my eye. Bruxism, teeth grinding, is linked to a genetic variant. The study, Genetic polymorphisms in the serotoninergic system are…