• MyHeritage Introduces Surveys

    Dec 7

    MyHeritage has introduced Surveys. The surveys were released by the MyHeritage Science Team, which is led by world-renowned genetics pioneer Dr. Yaniv Erlich. The purpose of the surveys is to help MyHeritage investigate how genetics affects various aspects of our lives. MyHeritage explains: “These surveys analyze the relationships between gen...


  • 23andMe Explains Their Genetic Health Risk Reports

    Jun 14

    23andMe was given authorization from the Food and Drug Administration to market their direct-to-consumer DNA tests that provide genetic risk information for certain health conditions. As such, 23andMe has put together some helpful information that explains more about their Genetic Health Risk Reports. 23andMe points out several things that consu...


  • Neimann-Pick Type C is a Rare Genetic Disease

    Apr 22

    Neimann-Pick Type C is a rare genetic disorder that is sometimes referred to as “Childhood Alzheimer's”. In April of 2017, a toddler named Marian McGlocklin was in the news because she had been diagnosed with Neimann-Pick Type C. The rare genetic disease is believed to affect 1 in 150,000 live births in the United States. The exact number is...


  • 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...


  • Updated Version of Gorilla Genome Revealed

    Apr 26

    The genome of the Western Lowland Gorilla has been given a second look. Scientists noticed that the original attempt to sequence the gorilla's genome had gaps. What they learned from Western lowland gorilla's genome could reveal information relevant to the human genome. The scientific name for humans is Homo sapiens. The scientific name of the W...


  • Being Injury-Prone Could be in your Genes

    Mar 10

    Do you have a relative that has a remarkable tendency to end up injured? It might not be entirely their fault. A review article indicates that a person's genetic makeup could have an influence on their risk of injury. The results of the article are especially interesting to athletes whose livelihoods can be negatively impacted after a severe injur...


  • How Much do you Know About Your Genes?

    May 26

    Genealogy and genetics go together. Your genes play a role in everything from the color of your eyes to the potential for you to pass certain health conditions onto your offspring. Genealogists of today can benefit from having a good understanding of genetics. Here are some basic facts about genes to help you brush up on your knowledge. Gene...


  • Study Reveals Genetic Impact of Risk of Early Menopause for Smokers

    Feb 12

    Researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania report evidence that smoking can cause earlier signs of menopause. This relates specifically to white women who have certain genetic variations and who were heavy smokers. Their study was published online in the journal Menopause. This isn't the first study that...


  • Researchers have put together a family tree that includes 13 million people.

    Nov 27

    How big is your family tree? Genealogists who are just starting out might have only connected a handful of family members. Those lucky enough to have a genealogist or two in previous generations of their family might have a rather large family tree. It is unlikely that your family tree is as large as the one that was put together by a “genome...


  • Genetic Studies Provide Possibilities In Cancer Treatment

    Nov 3

    Pancreatic cancer is an especially serious and frightening form of cancer. It is often completely undetected until it has reached an advanced stage. It tends to reject many forms of treatment. Around 43,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer each year. Less than one out of five cases are caught early enough to be surgi...