Snips about SNPs: Quick bits about your genes

The Snips about SNPs series gives you a short, quick article about different genetic variants that you can look at in your 23andMe, Ancestry.com, or other genetic data.

Jump in, read a little – and then check your genetic data.  Want to know more? There is always a link to the in-depth article.

Snips about SNPs:

Snips about SNPs: Diabetes and TCF7L2 - Diabetes is usually blamed on eating the wrong foods, but your genes play a big role in your susceptibility to ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Low LDL Cholesterol - Low LDL cholesterol throughout life and a decreased risk of heart disease? Sign me up! No, this isn’t the latest ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Taste Receptors - Do you love dark chocolate and coffee? Both of them have bitter flavors that some people can taste – and ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: High Triglycerides and APOA5 - The APOA5 gene codes for a lipoprotein that is important in triglyceride metabolism. A variant in the APOA5 gene is ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: MTHFR - The MTHFR gene codes for the enzyme that converts folate into the form that your body needs in the methylation ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Opioid Receptor - Your body’s reaction to opiates, such as oxycodone or hydrocodone, depends on the opioid receptor.  Genetic variants in OPRM1 (opioid ... Read more
Check your 23andMe for resistance to HIV Snips about SNPs: HIV resistance - The CCR5 gene codes for a protein used by your immune system.  In order to hijack immune cells, the HIV ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: ADA gene and sleepiness - Do you wake up every morning feeling groggy? Adenosine building up during the day is one thing that drives us ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Omega-3’s from plants - Omega-3 fatty acids are good for you in several ways, but one big thing we gain from omega 3’s is ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Digesting Carbs - Amylase is the enzyme used in the first step of breaking down carbohydrates for fuel. Not everyone produces the same ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Evening chronotypes - The aptly named CLOCK gene is part of your core circadian rhythm. Recently, researchers have linked the circadian clock to ... Read more
check your genetic data for lp(a) Snips about SNPs: Heart attack risk – Lp(a) - Lipoprotein(a) carries LDL cholesterol proteins. Elevated Lp(a) is a big risk factor for heart attacks, and elevated Lp(a) is mainly ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Hangry Gene - Ever wonder how your friends can go all day without eating — or why they love intermittent fasting — when ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Alcohol Flush - Does your face flush after a drink or two? The ALDH gene is responsible for the enzyme that breaks down ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: HFE gene and iron - The HFE gene controls how much iron you absorb in the intestines from food.  Iron is tightly regulated by the ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: BCMO1 and beta-carotene - The BCMO1 gene is responsible for the enzyme that converts beta-carotene into the active form of vitamin A that your ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: FTO and your weight - The FTO gene has the unfortunate nickname of the ‘fatso gene’ because several FTO variants are associated with obesity.  Lots ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: Lactose Intolerance Gene - The LCT gene controls whether you produce lactase (enzyme that breaks down lactose) as an adult. The genetic variant that ... Read more
Snips about SNPs: ACTN3 (muscle type gene) - The ACTN3 gene codes for a type of muscle fiber found in fast-twitch skeletal muscles. These are the muscle fibers ... Read more