Living to 100: Longevity and Genetics

There are several genes known as “longevity” genes that increase your odds of becoming a centenarian. Specific variants of these genes are associated with an increased likelihood of living to be 100 or more. And…  more importantly, these genetic variants are linked to longer…

Wrinkles and Age Spots

Time marches on, we all get older, and our skin shows the signs of aging. Some people age beautifully with great looking skin; others slather on creams and odd gunk in a futile battle to chase away wrinkles and age spots. Then there is…

How to use your genetic data for biohacking

Biohacking is a term that is usually applied to optimizing health by utilizing tools such as supplements, peptides, biofeedback, photobiomodulation, transcranial magnetic stimulation… and more! One more tool to add to that biohacking toolbox is utilizing your genetic data. You can easily use your…

Will you go bald? Genetics and baldness

Male pattern baldness, or androgenic alopecia, is a condition that will affect the majority of men of European descent by the age of 50.  So the question of “Will you go bald” should be… “Will you be the one who keeps your hair?” What…

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. What is Oxytocin? Oxytocin is produced at a high level…