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Q & A about Specific Genetic Variants (SNiPs)

SNiPs – Single nucleotide polymorphisms, are the most common type of genetic variation among people. A SNiP is a difference in a single DNA building block, called a nucleotide.

MyHappyGenes is dedicated to helping individuals achieve healthy outcomes through knowledge of DNA and Genetics. By understanding your DNA you can better understand your health outcomes. Here are a couple of articles we have written on that subject.

Specific Genetic Variants (SNiPs)

SNiP’s are single nucleotide polymorphisms. These are subtle changes in the genetic sequence of the code that tells our body how to make a protein or enzyme.  When the genetic recipe contains a variation from what is considered “normal” then this variation has the potential to cause health issues or risks of health issues when we are exposed to environmental triggers. 

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Specific Genetic Variants (SNiPs) | Acetyl CoA Acetyl Transferase

AANAT: (Arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase) This enzyme is critical in the production of melatonin from serotonin. It controls the night/day rhythm of melatonin production in the pineal gland. Genetic variants are associated with sleep phase disorders. There seems to be a link between genetic variability in the AANAT gene with susceptibility to major depression (MD). 

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