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Biohacking: What is that?

Biohacking is a very broad term that can encompass a wide variety of activities. The Cambridge dictionary has two definitions for what a biohacker is. “someone who is not an official expert or professional scientist, who does scientific experiments with biological material” “someone who uses technology, drugs, or other chemical substances such as hormones in …

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History of Genetics Testing

What is Genetics? Genetics is a branch of biology concerned with studying DNA of various organisms. Every living thing has DNA, and therefore a certain genetic makeup that gives it physical and mental characteristics. Genetics specifically cares about how and to what degree physical and mental characteristics are passed onto offspring. Early history indicates that …

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Saliva Testing Through the Years

Why Test Saliva? Saliva has many properties scientists find useful to help them make diagnoses about you, their patient. Saliva contains various substances, like hormones (cortisol), genetic material (RNA), and other natural metabolites (saliva nitrite). Through saliva testing, scientists can assess these substances to screen for and help diagnose and/or determine numerous health factors about …

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Heritability Vs. Environment

Define Heritability: “Heritability is a measure of how well differences in people’s genes account for differences in their traits. Traits can include characteristics such as height, eye color, and intelligence, as well as disorders like schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder.” Define Environment: “The circumstances, objects, or conditions by which one is surrounded” Define Trait:  A …

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Polygenic Risk Scores – What is that?

Historical approach of risk assessments What is the best measure of predicting risk of major disease in an individual based on genetics? Previously, the go-to method for Direct-to-Consumer (D2C) genomics businesses has been to simply match the results of genome wide association studies (GWAS) with individual single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and then giving the costumer …

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The future of personal genomics with Pregenic

Genetic testing with respect to personal genomics is an emerging technology which has started to gain a solid foothold throughout the past decade. Improvements in precision, safety and costs have unlocked usage to a much broader audience, and stakeholders sit eager with anticipation to explore the purported huge potential unlocked through fierce innovation in genetic …

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