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Specific Genetic Variants (SNiPs) Q & A

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) | Arylalkylamine N-acetyltransferase

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. 

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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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