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Changing Lives Through DNA Genetic Testing
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That Cup of Coffee Could Kill You - The CYP1A2 Gene

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 7, 2017 8:20:42 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Genetic Testing 101 3 min read time

Most of us can’t make it through the morning without our beloved cup of coffee. We rely on this daily dose of caffeine to boost our energy, productivity, and mood. As coffee consumption spikes (Americans drink over 400 million cups each day [1]) research has questioned whether this habit is helping or harming our health. The findings are conflicting - some say it stunts our growth, while others argue it can prevent diabetes. Some recommend no more than one cup, while others say we’re safe at four. But why is it that science can’t seem to agree? The right answer may depend on who’s drinking it.



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Were You Born to Be an Olympian? What ACTN3 Gene Says About Your Potential

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 24, 2017 9:36:16 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Genetic Testing 101 4 min read time

For many of us, the closest we’ll come to Olympic glory is watching the games on TV. No matter how hard we work, nor how intensely we train, we’ll never quite reach that level of athletic perfection.

Sound like you? Well here’s some good news - it’s not entirely your fault. Over 1 billion (yes, 1,000,000,000) of us were born at a disadvantage when it comes to speed and power. To understand why this is, we must examine the ACTN3 gene.



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Dreading Dairy - The MCM6 Gene and Lactose Intolerance and DNA Genetic Testing

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 17, 2017 7:55:06 AM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Genetic Testing 101, Lactose Intolerance 2 min read time

Ah, July. A time for celebration, relaxation, and of course, indulging in the quintessential summer treat - ice cream. For many of us, just thinking about the frozen dessert makes our mouth water. For others, it evokes memories of upset stomachs and sprints to the bathroom. But why is it that some of us have such adverse reactions to this dairy product, while others are fine?



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Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? A Look at LEPR Gene

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 13, 2017 8:34:33 PM / by Catherine Levesque posted in Genetic Testing 101, Leptin Receptors 2 min read time

Genetics 101: Background Info


Located deep within chromosome 1, the LEPR gene influences adipose tissue (fat) mass in humans. It does so by encoding for the production of leptin receptor, a protein highly involved in body weight regulation.



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Genetic Testing 101 - What Are The Different Types Of Genetic Testing Methods?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 14, 2017 9:20:26 AM / by Selinda Johnson posted in Genetic Testing 101, Types Of Genetic Testing 3 min read time

 

Blood Sampling - Saliva Collecting - Cheek Swab
A Good Time? Or Not!

 



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