Wine Tasting Genes: How your genetic variants influence the way that wine tastes to you

When you think of wine, do you wax poetically about the subtle notes of springtime apple blossoms with hints or truffles — or do you just hope that all your friends can’t tell that you secretly like “Two-Buck Chuck” the best? If you aren’t…

Are you genetically less likely to get the flu?

Have you ever wondered why some people never seem to get the flu when it is going around?  Turns out that our genes play a role in both our immune response to the flu virus and the virus’ ability to replicate in us. Simply…

CRISPR Babies and HIV Resistance

Headline news from two weeks ago proclaimed that the first genetically modified babies (twins) had been born in China. The CRISPR gene editing tool had been used on the embryo to edit the babies’ genome in such a way that they would be likely…

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…

The ‘redhead’ gene

I remember in high school learning about Punnet squares; people with brown hair had the dominant hair color gene and red hair was recessive. It turns out that it isn’t nearly as simple as having a red hair gene or a brown hair gene….

Oxytocin Levels: Genetics of the Love Hormone

Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the hypothalamus region of the brain.  Often called the “love hormone”, it is involved in parents bonding with their baby, recognition of other’s emotions, and overall social involvement. Oxytocin is produced at a high level during childbirth, relaxing the…

Cannabis and your genes: effects, dependency, and risks

Cannabis is now legal for medicinal use or recreational use in many U.S. states and in Canada. Many people are using cannabis (marijuana) for a variety of reasons – from enjoyment to pain management to the side effects of chemotherapy. This article digs into…

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…

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. …

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…