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Genetics and breast cancer

Genetics and breast cancer

Breast cancer, occurs when cells in the breasts begin to multiply uncontrollably, resulting in the formation of tumors. If left untreated, the cancerous cells can spread throughout the body and become deadly. This type of cancer is a global health concern, affecting...

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Lung cancer and genetics

Lung cancer and genetics

What is lung cancer? Lung cancer consists of the uncontrolled multiplication of malignant cells of the lung epithelium. It usually starts in these organs and can spread to different parts of the respiratory system, even reaching the lymph nodes or other organs, such...

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What is a Genetic Test?

What is a Genetic Test?

In today's age of science and technology, genetics has revolutionized our understanding of heredity and the functioning of the human body. Genetic tests, also known as DNA tests, are one of the most prominent innovations in this field. These tests have gained...

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Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

From the color of our eyes to our predispositions to certain diseases, our genes significantly influence our lives. Thanks to technological advances and industry-leading companies like 24Genetics, personalized genetics is now more accessible than ever.    What is...

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Gaucher Disease and Genetics

Gaucher Disease and Genetics

What is Gaucher disease? Gaucher disease is a rare autosomal recessive (two copies of a mutated gene must be present for the disease to develop) genetic disorder, which is due to a deficit of a lysosomal enzyme called glucocerebrosidase, which causes the storage of...

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April 25th: World DNA Day

April 25th: World DNA Day

April 25th: World DNA DayThe discovery of DNA is one of the most significant milestones in the history of science and, to this day, remains the basis for many medical discoveries and advances. April 25th is the day on which two main passages in genetics and, by...

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Is pancreatic cancer hereditary?

Is pancreatic cancer hereditary?

The pancreas is a glandular organ behind the stomach and in front of the spine. It produces gastric juices, enzymes that break down food, and several hormones that help control blood glucose levels. A tumor starts developing when there’s an abnormal growth of the...

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Lynch syndrome and genetic inheritance

Lynch syndrome and genetic inheritance

Lynch syndrome is a genetic disorder that increases the likelihood of developing certain types of cancer, especially colorectal cancer. For this reason, Lynch disease has always been referred to as hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer [1]. If you want to know...

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Is neuroblastoma hereditary?

Is neuroblastoma hereditary?

There are different types of cancerous tumors, depending on several aspects: where they develop, the causes, the tissue they affect, etc. In this case, we will talk about neuroblastoma, a cancer in immature nerve cells found in different body parts.  It's a malignant...

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Colorectal cancer and genetics

Colorectal cancer and genetics

Genetics is an essential factor in the development of colorectal cancer. A large number of genes may influence each person's predisposition to develop this disease at some point in his or their life. In addition, these genes may also be involved in developing other...

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Is Hodgkin’s lymphoma genetic?

Is Hodgkin’s lymphoma genetic?

Lymphatic cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide. Hodgkin's lymphoma is part of them and affects the lymphatic system, which is responsible for transporting fluids and immune system cells throughout the body and fighting infections and other diseases....

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Rare Diseases

Rare Diseases

Rare diseases are characterized by their low prevalence, which is defined as the number of people in a specific group who suffer from a certain disease at a specific time.  While there is no single definition for the term "rare disease," they are all based on the...

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Obesity and genetics

Obesity and genetics

Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that can be detrimental to health (1). Therefore, some of the main questions revolving around it concern whether obesity is genetic or hereditary. Among the different existing methods to measure and...

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