If you have this gene will you get cancer?

“You have cancer” is a phrase no one ever wants to hear.  Women fear breast cancer more than heart disease yet heart disease takes many more lives each year.  One of the questions we frequently get is, “Can genetic tests, like the MyHappyGenes® test, tell me if I’ve got a cancer gene?” So we took […]

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Questions About Genetics 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. Genetics Determine Your Best Diet Everyone knows people who can eat whatever they like,

Human Health and Disease Susceptibility

Human health and disease susceptibility dominated studies for much of the twentieth century. The majority of these studies focused on identifying single genetic and environmental agents that could explain genetic variations, human health, and disease susceptibility. This new century has been characterized by huge advances in our understanding of Mendelian disorders with severe clinical outcomes.

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Understanding the Genetic Roots of Marijuana Use

Research on marijuana use disorders has greatly expanded as more states legalize marijuana use. This includes studies that help uncover the connections between genetic roots and marijuana use disorders. An international team of researchers and scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found two regions in our DNA that are believed to

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Genes and their Impact on Health and Disease

Similar to inheriting traits like eye and hair color, you can also inherit the susceptibility to diseases from your family members. The genes that you directly inherit from your parents can also impact your health and potential for disease. However, they can be many causes of diseases and other health related issues. Your susceptibility to

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Genetics of Populations as Related to Health and Disease

Specific diseases and health issues can be directly connected to the genetics of populations. The distribution of genetic variations differ greatly among human populations. This is largely due to their historical patterns of mutation, migration, reproduction, mating, selection, and genetic drift. Inherited mutations usually occur during gametogenesis within a single individual and eventually passed onto

Cardiovascular Disease (CVD)

Studies on cardiovascular disease (CVD) can be used to highlight the problems that occur in using genetic information to understand the etiology of some of the most common chronic diseases. These studies on cardiovascular disease (CVD) are also used to help identify those at the highest risk of developing CVD.  Most cardiovascular disease (CVD) cases

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Mechanisms of Gene Expression 

One of the first as steps of understanding the connection between genetics and health is identifying the mechanisms of gene expression. By identifying genes whose variations are associated with different diseases, a better understanding of the linkage between genetics and health can be reached.  Understanding the mechanisms of gene expression and how they are influenced

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Genetic Susceptibility

Genetic susceptibility refers to a person’s increased chance of developing a particular disease based on their genetic makeup.Inherited genetic variation has been studied for over 100 years. Geneticists examine how different genes can increase a person’s risk of developing certain diseases.  Genetic susceptibility studies have been done in two ways with different points of focus.

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Understanding the COMT Gene

Are you struggling with health problems? Do you wonder if they are genetic? Understanding the COMT gene can give you cality. While it’s usually a combination of genes that make you more likely to have a health issue, there are certain genes that make you more susceptible to health problems. Specific genes can have a