• People are More Influenced by Good News on DNA Tests than Bad News

    Oct 12

    A DNA test takes a close look at your genes and gives you information about what those genes indicate. It is possible to learn from a DNA test if you have a gene that increases the risk of developing a specific disease. Researchers found that people are more influenced by the good news in their DNA test than by the bad news. A study was done b...


  • Chronic Pain and Depression Share Some Genetic Links

    Sep 23

    Does someone in your family suffer from chronic pain? Do they also struggle with depression? It's easy to see why someone who hurts all the time would be depressed about it. A study found that chronic pain and depression share some genetic links. The study used science and ended up confirming what many people already assumed was true. Scient...


  • 23andMe Launched New Genotyping Services for Research

    Aug 23

    There is a lot to be learned from the human genome. Research done on DNA has revealed important information that connects specific genetic mutations and certain diseases. There is more to be discovered. This could be why 23andMe launched new genotyping services for research. As you may know, 23andMe sells direct-to-consumer DNA test kits. Peo...


  • New Genetics Associations Found for Migraine Headaches

    Jul 27

    Migraine headaches can be extremely painful and debilitating. A study that was published in Nature Genetics found new genetic variants that are associated with migraine headaches. There is potential that this finding could be a first step toward developing new treatments for migraines. Migraines can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensa...


  • The Genetics Behind the Unibrow

    Jun 25

    When we think of the unibrow, the image of artist Frida Kahlo might come to mind. Or, you might think of a Muppet named Bert that is a character on “Sesame Street”. You might have family members who have a unibrow (or have your own unibrow). A study set out to discover the genetics behind the unibrow. The study was titled “A genome-wide...


  • 23andMe Collaborates With Celmatix

    Mar 23

    23andMe is known for its direct-to-consumer DNA test kits. Celmatix is a company that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Together, these two companies hope to improve fertility outcomes. 23andMe points out that infertility affects a large portion of the population. It is estimated that one in eight couples in the United States...


  • The Limitations of DNA Test Kits for Americans

    Jan 12

    Genealogists take DNA tests for two reasons. One is because the results could reveal relatives that they were unaware of. The other reason has to do with health. Some DNA tests can reveal whether or not a person has genes that might increase the risk for certain diseases. However, there is a limitation on DNA test kits for Americans – one that is...


  • Coffee Consumption Associated with Longer Life

    Dec 22

    There are many who begin their day with a nice, hot, cup of coffee. People enjoy the warmth and comfort the popular beverage brings, and look forward to the kick of caffeine. You may have started drinking coffee after watching your parents and grandparents drink it. A new study found that drinking coffee is associated with having a long life. 23...


  • Police Are Asking for DNA

    Nov 24

    Genealogists who want to learn more about their heritage could choose to use a direct-to-consumer DNA test kit. Send a sample of your saliva to the company that makes the test kit, and wait for the results. Some companies use the DNA of their customers in order to help find cures for diseases. It appears that this isn't the only thing your donat...


  • 23andMe Resumes Genetic Testing

    Nov 17

    A few years ago, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) required 23andMe to stop selling their DNA test kits to consumers. The FDA objected to the health related results. Recently, 23andMe obtained FDA approval to begin offering genetic testing again. In October of 2015, 23andMe announced a new experience for their customers. The company is...