At-home genetic testing is becoming a popular trend. The cost of these tests is decreasing, which means more people can participate in learning about their DNA — and who isn’t curious about their genes and ancestry? These testing kits now offer to provide information about your risk of having a mutation in the BRCA1 or … Continue reading 5 things to consider when using at-home genetic testing kits
Diedre Lewis and her sister, Kimberly, were heading down an uncertain path in 2015. Diedre, then 44, was already undergoing treatment for cancer in both breasts when she started looking into how the disease ran through her family tree. She knew, of course, that her mother had breast cancer. Turns out, so did her cousin … Continue reading With genetic testing, sisters take control of breast cancer
The human body is composed of between 20,000 and 25,000 different genes that make us into who we are today. Some of the genes we inherit determine the color of our hair, while others are responsible for the development of the heart. Unfortunately, sometimes a faulty gene can be present, leading to a life-threatening genetic heart … Continue reading Genetic heart conditions could cause sudden death
From your mother you got those sparkly blue eyes and your father took credit for your thick curly hair. But has anyone taken credit for your genetics that could lead to an life-threatening irregular cardiac rhythm. It only takes one mistake. Awareness of genetics in cancer, such the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes which predisposes women … Continue reading Are Mutants Lurking in Your Genes?