Tools for Hacking Your Health

Optimizing your health pays dividends in so many ways, and it is worth putting in a little time to prevent chronic illnesses like diabetes or heart disease. But it doesn’t have to be difficult! There are many cool tools available today to make figuring out your diet or understanding your sleep easy options to try for health management. (Member’s article)

Ear wax and body odor – it’s genetic

The ABCC11 gene determines both the type of earwax a person has and their armpit odor. Learn more about how a change in a single spot in the DNA of this gene can cause the gene not to function.

Taste Receptors: Bitter, sweet, and much more

Ever wonder why some people don’t like Brussel sprouts or strong, dark coffee? Some people love a good, dark roast, cup of coffee – and Brussel sprouts and cabbage taste just great. Genetic variants in the taste receptor genes mean that we taste things differently.

Traits Topic Summary

Utilize our Traits 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)

Genetics of Double Lashes

Elizabeth Taylor stood out in many ways – in part because of her thick lashes. Turns out a genetic variant is the likely source of her double row of lashes. Learn more about this variant and its other associated risks. (Member’s article)

Wrinkles and Age Spots

Some people age naturally with beautiful looking skin. Others slather on creams and odd gunk in a futile battle to chase away wrinkles and age spots. What is the difference? Genetics and environmental factors, of course.(Member’s article)

Will you go bald? Genetics and baldness

What causes male pattern baldness? A combination of genetics, nutrition, and environmental toxins come together to form the risk factors for baldness. But genetics really seems to rule the roost here.

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? Your genetic variants definitely influence the way that your taste buds work when it comes to wine.

CRISPR Babies and HIV Resistance

Did you know that some people are resistant to HIV? People who carry two copies of the CCR5 delta-32 mutation are resistant to *most* strains of HIV. (Still not something to test out!) Check your genes to see if you carry this mutation.

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. Check your genetic data (women only :-) to see if you are more likely to have twins.

The ‘redhead’ gene

To have red hair, you need to carry two variants in the MC1R gene. We all know our hair color, but it turns out that if you carry one MC1R genetic variant (and don’t have red hair) you are still at an increased risk for skin cancer.