September 22, 2017

10+ useful sites for getting the most from your 23andMe, Ancestry.com and Family Tree DNA raw data

So you are one of those people who are curious about the mysterious blueprint in you that holds many secrets. You signed up for the 23andme […]
September 16, 2017

The Story of the Great Eater

In a far away village a long time ago there was a circus that was going out of business. The circus manager was at his wit’s […]
August 25, 2017

Increased genetic risk of Alzheimer’s disease due to presence of Apolipoprotein E (E3/E4) variants

In April 2017, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 23&Me’s Apoe gene test to predict risk of late onset Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first […]
August 10, 2017

Suffering from depression: Genetic Testing can help you choose the right drug

The WHO reports that 56 million Indians, approximately 4.5% of the Indian population, suffer from depression at this very moment, while another 38 million Indians suffer […]
August 9, 2017

LEPR: The gene that caused Eman Ahmed’s extreme weight gain and her weight loss story

The story of Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman weighing nearly 500 Kg is now known to most. Her remarkably recovery has given hope to many […]
August 8, 2017

How do I choose a gene test that is best for me?

As a consumer of genetic information, it helps to know a few things that only industry insiders would know. Number of genes being investigated: Humans have […]
August 7, 2017

Know Your Genes: PPARD

The Peroxisome Proliferator- Activated Receptor Delta (PPARD) gene is associated with the synthesis of Peroxisome Proliferator- Activated Receptor Delta (PPARD), a protein associated with cell differentiation […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: SGK1 “Salt Sensitivity 2 Gene”

The Serum and Glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1 (SGK1) gene is associated with the synthesis of serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase 1, an enzyme which is associated […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: TFAP2B “Protein Gene”

The Transcription factor AP 2 beta (TFAP2B) gene is associated with the synthesis of transcription factor AP 2 beta, which is associated with the stimulation of […]
August 6, 2017

Know Your Genes: AGT “Salt Sensitivity Gene”

The Angiotensinogen (AGT) gene is associated with the synthesis of angiotensinogen, a part of the renin-angiotensin system and a precursor to the hormone angiotensin II. Angiotensin […]
August 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: ADIPOQ “Fat Burn Hormone Gene”

The Adiponectin (ADIPOQ) gene is associated with the synthesis of Adiponectin, a hormone found to be associated with regulating the level of glucose and in the […]
August 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: APOA2 “Weight Gain Gene”

The Apolipoprotein A-II (APOA2) gene is associated with the synthesis of Apolipoprotein 2, the second most common protein found in the high density lipoprotein. This protein […]
August 2, 2017

Know Your Genes: CAT “Anti-oxidant 2 Gene”

The Catalase (CAT) gene is associated with the synthesis of catalase, an enzyme found to be associated with the conversion of superoxide (O2-) into oxygen (O2) […]
August 2, 2017

Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines: Codeine Therapy for Cytochrome P450 2D6 Genotype

The Drug: Codeine Codeine is an opioid analgesic that is usually administered to relieve mild to moderate levels of pain. Upon ingestion, codeine is converted to […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: BDNF “Exercise Motivation Gene”

The Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) gene is associated with the synthesis of brain derived neurotrophic factor, an enzyme that acts on the neurons of the […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: FTO “Fat Gene”

The Fat Mass and Obesity gene (FTO) is associated with the synthesis of the FTO enzyme, also known as the alpha ketoglutarate dependent dioxygenase. FTO gene […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: CD36 “Fat Tasting Gene”

The Cluster of Differentiation (CD36) gene is associated with the synthesis of CD36 protein, also known as the fatty acid translocase protein, an integral membrane protein, […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: IL-6 “The Inflammation gene”

The Interleukin-6 (IL-6) gene is associated with the synthesis of IL-6, which is a multifunctional cytokine that regulates immune responses such as inflammation. Specific alleles of […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: NBPF3 “Vitamin B6 Gene”

The Neuroblastoma Breakpoint Member 3 (NBPF3) gene is associated with the synthesis of NBPF3, a hormone found to be associated with the clearance of vitamin B6 […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: PPARG “Weight Regain Gene”

The peroxisome proliferator activated receptor (PPARG) gene is associated with the synthesis of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor, a nuclear receptor found mainly in the adipose tissue, […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: SOD2 “Antioxidant Gene”

The Superoxide Dismutase 2 (SOD2) gene is associated with the synthesis of superoxide dismutase, an enzyme found to be associated with the conversion of superoxide (O2-) […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: VDR “The Sunshine Vitamin Gene”

The Vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene is associated with the synthesis of Vitamin D receptor, a cell membrane receptor that binds to vitamin D. Specific alleles […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: BCMO1 “Vitamin A Gene”

The Beta Carotene Oxygenase 1 (BCMO1) gene is associated with the synthesis of beta carotene oxygenase 1, an enzyme that converts precursor vitamin A into active […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: CYP1A2 “Coffee Gene”

The Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) gene is associated with the synthesis of Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2), a liver enzyme that is involved in drug metabolism and […]
August 1, 2017

Know Your Genes: SLC23A1 “Vitamin C Gene”

The Solute Carrier Family 23 Member 1 (SLC23A1) gene is associated with the synthesis of Solute Carrier Family 23 Member 1(SLC23A1) protein, a transporter which is […]
August 1, 2017
which genetic test is right for me?

Which Genetic test is right for me?

With growing popularity of genetics, many individuals naturally ask, which one is right for me? The answer to that is driven by your immediate and long […]
July 31, 2017
VEGETARIAN OR NON-VEGETARIAN?

Switching between vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism?- You must read this first

If you have seen a baby formula pack, it highlights in bold that the formula is fortified with EPA and DHA and that it’s good for […]
July 28, 2017
Starch amylase

It’s so unfair- these people can eat all the starch they want!

You had been wondering about your friends who could eat all the starchy carbohydrates and not put on an ounce of weight. Well, you were not […]
July 27, 2017
Genetics of Heart attack

Do you have the gene that naturally protects you from Heart attacks?

Tracy is  a 40-year-old African American who is an aerobics instructor, a mother of two and a college student pursuing a degree in business. She looks […]
July 26, 2017
Vegetarian / Non-vegetarian FADS1

The gene that gives you a free license to have as much milkshake as you can

…without having to worry about your triglycerides Yes, you read that right, the absence of a gene allows you to consume large quantities of fats without […]
July 25, 2017

These extremely rare human superheroes are saving humanity from deadly diseases

They carry genetic defects that should have killed or disabled them long ago. But they defied the odds to live on and fight on. Not only […]
July 24, 2017
Genetics Depression

The curse of creativity: What is driving creative people into taking their own lives?

“We of the craft are all crazy” – Lord Byron With overpopulation, environmental deterioration, terrorism, political dysfunction, dictators, cronyism, disputes and debates over trivial matters, it’s […]
July 21, 2017
What most people know about nutrition is wrong

Why most things you know about nutrition and weight loss are plain wrong!

You may have prescribed to various diets plans to lose weight fast, or another “best weight loss diet” or a “quick weight loss” scheme etc. But […]
July 14, 2017

Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines: Warfarin Dosing

What are the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines? In the era of personalized medicine, we are witnessing genetic tests being incorporated into routine clinical practices. […]
July 12, 2017

Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines: Clopidogrel Therapy and the CYP2C19 Genotype

What are the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines? In the era of personalized medicine, we are witnessing genetic tests being incorporated into routine clinical practices. […]
July 7, 2017

Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) Guidelines: Tacrolimus dosage and the CYP3A5 Genotype

What are the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium(CPIC)Guidelines? In the era of personalized medicine, we are witnessing genetic tests being incorporated into routine clinical practices. However, the […]
July 3, 2017

Know Your Genes: FADS1 “The Vegetarian Gene”

The Fatty Acid Desaturase (FADS1) gene is associated with the synthesis of FADS1 protein, an enzyme secreted in the liver and shown to be associated with […]
June 25, 2017

Know Your Genes: HFE “The Iron Overload Gene”

The human Hemochromatosis Protein (HFE) gene is associated with the synthesis of HFE protein. This protein has been shown to be associated with the regulation of […]
June 9, 2017

DNA Testing for improved Diet and Exercise Outcomes

Contrary to popular belief, there actually isn’t a one size fits all approach to a healthy diet and exercise. So if you want to build muscle […]
May 19, 2017

Know Your Genes: FUT2 “Vitamin B12 Gene”

The FucosylTransferase 2 (FUT2) gene is associated with the synthesis of fucosyl transferase 2, an enzyme found to attach the bacterium Helicobacter pylori to the gastric […]
May 11, 2017

Know Your Genes: TMPRSS6 “Iron Gene”

Transmembrane Protease, Serine 6 (TMPRSS6) gene is associated with the synthesis of transmembrane protease, serine 6 (also known as matriptase-2), a liver serine protease. TMPRSS6 cleaves […]
May 4, 2017

Know Your Genes: GABPB1 “ The Energy Gene”

GA‐binding protein (GABP) transcription factor gene, also known as the Nuclear Respiratory Factor 2 (NRF2) gene is associated with the synthesis of GABPB1, a key transcriptional […]
May 4, 2017

Know Your Genes: TTPA “Vitamin E Gene”

The Alpha Tocopherol Transfer Protein (TTPA) gene is associated with the synthesis of alpha tocopherol transfer protein, a fat soluble anti-oxidant that is secreted by the […]
April 28, 2017

Know Your Genes: MC4R “Obesity Gene”

The Melanocortin 4 Receptor gene (MC4R) is associated with the synthesis of MC4R enzyme, a G protein coupled receptor which is found to bind to alpha […]
April 25, 2017

Know Your Genes: HLADQ “The Gluten Intolerance Gene”

The Human Leukocyte Antigen system (HLA) gene is associated with the synthesis of Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC), which are cell surface proteins that are associated with […]
April 25, 2017

Know Your Genes: ACE “The Endurance Gene”

The Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) gene is associated with the synthesis of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE), a key enzyme necessary to convert angiotensin I to angiotensin […]
April 20, 2017

Know Your Genes: LIPC “HDL Gene”

The hepatic lipase gene (LIPC) is associated with the synthesis of hepatic lipase enzyme (LIPC) which catalyzes the hydrolysis of fat. Hepatic lipase converts intermediate-density lipoprotein […]
April 19, 2017

Know Your Genes: DRD2 “Dopamine Gene”

The Dopamine Receptor Gene (DRD2) is associated with the synthesis of DRD2, which is the main receptor for all anti-psychotic drugs. The hormone Dopamine is a neurotransmitter […]
April 17, 2017

Know Your Genes: MTHFR “Folic Acid Gene”

The Methyl Tetra Hydrofolate Reductase gene (MTHFR) is associated with the synthesis of MTHFR enzyme, which converts folate obtained from the diet into an active form. […]
April 17, 2017

Know Your Genes: GC – “Vitamin D Gene”

The Group Specific Component globulin (GC) gene is associated with the synthesis of Group Specific Component globulin (GC), also called the Vitamin D Binding Protein (VDBP), […]