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  • Yes Virginia, There Really is a Fat Gene
    Yes Virginia, There Really is a Fat Gene
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    Many people have long suspected there is a genetic component to obesity, and a gene that has been studied the past 10 years may indeed qualify based on genetics and statistics.

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  • Is Gluten Insensitivity Real ?
    Is Gluten Insensitivity Real ?
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    This week we will look at Gluten. Gluten-free foods are critical for the 1 in 100 people that have Celiac disease, but at this point, scientific evidence does not conclusively support the need for Gluten-free foods for the rest of people. It is possible that an additional small percentage of the population may benefit.

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  • For our new visitors – basic genetics!
    For our new visitors – basic genetics!
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    There is no doubt that the knowledge of one’s personal genetics is a major lifestyle addition to our society!  The impact is fascinating, and ranges from finding distant relatives and your ancestry to identifying disease risk.

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  • A challenge for all recreational genetic reports
    A challenge for all recreational genetic reports
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    Punch line- In all recreational genetics analyses, sometimes two variants have opposing effects. In our example drinking more alcohol elevates the risk for esophageal cancer, but lowers the risk for alcohol-induced pancreatitis. We suggest that you decide what to do on a case-by-case basis considering severity, risk, prevalence, and family history. You may want to consult a physician or genetic counselor.

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  • Penetrance and Expressivity Impact Genetic Reporting
    Penetrance and Expressivity Impact Genetic Reporting
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    Genetic testing companies need to do a better job disclosing that some genetic variants may not affect you, a term called low penetrance, and also may produce mild or no symptoms, which is called low expressivity. We strive to educate you about how your food choices and genetics impacts your health.

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  • The Two Edges of Genetics Privacy
    The Two Edges of Genetics Privacy
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    You should help advance health care in society by sharing your DNA, but at the same time, there are legitimate concerns about legal protection. This double-edged sword is a tough decision, but may be moot because if someone really wants to get your DNA, they can through touch DNA. The laws need to catch up.

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