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Does my depression have a genetic basis?

How can I tell whether my depression is genetic, stress related or environmental? Have you ever noticed that some people are always happy, while others always struggle with depression no matter the circumstances? We have discovered that for some, the underlying cause of depression comes from genetic variants that are inherited. How you make serotonin, […]

 Genetics and 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?” The simple answer

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Personality Disorders Part 2

Personality Disorders Part 2 Some personality disorders are commonly associated with dramatic, overly emotional or unpredictable thinking or behavior. These disorders include antisocial personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder. Antisocial Personality Disorder Disregard for others’ needs or feelings Constant lying, stealing, using aliases, conning others Repeated problems with the

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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Mutations and Disease

Proteins play a crucial role in how parts of your body function. If genes that impact the creation of proteins have mutations, the rest of the body may not work properly. This can cause the entire body to have larger issues. These types of issues can also be caused in different ways.  There is a

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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

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Studies on Genetic Variation and Risks

One of the main reasons for studying the origins and nature of human genetic variation is that the similarities and differences in the type and frequencies of genetic variations among populations can have a profound impact on studies that attempt to understand the influence of genes on disease risk.  For example, some genetic variations, like

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Genome Research Changing Medical History

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on health. As genome research continues, new studies could change the course of medical history.  Nearly twenty United States war veterans commit suicide daily. This means that fifteen percent of the total cases of suicide in the United States are our veterans. This extremely high and