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DNA testing for genetic diseases?

The progress made in genetic research has allowed human beings to know themselves better in order to optimize their lifestyle and improve their well-being, not only by discovering their ancestry or what personality traits or talents they have in their genes, but also...

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What is a nutrigenetic study for?

Nutrigenetics is defined as the science that studies the effect that our genes have on the response to various dietary components. Therefore, a nutrigenetic study will allow us to adapt the food we eat to our needs. The fundamental hypotheses on which the science of...

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Cardiovascular health

The heart organ is a powerful pump that circulates blood, nutrients and oxygen throughout the body and, surprisingly, is the first organ to form during embryonic development. In Greek medicine, it was considered the most important organ, and today, the fact that heart...

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How to do a DNA test at home?

Taking a DNA test provides you with valuable information about your genetics, which means opening a door to know yourself better in order to make decisions that help you optimise your way of life safely and effectively. These genetic tests look for changes in DNA...

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Personality test: does genetics influence talent?

Humanity has always sought to understand its behavior, to explain its personality. Religions or other moral-ethical belief systems have established paradigms throughout history, which can explain certain behavioral traits of certain societies and in certain contexts,...

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Health and Personalized Medicine

What do we mean by personalized and precision medicine?   Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers the variability between people, both genetically and in the individual's environment and lifestyle. This...

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Genetic Inheritance and Ancestry

Our blog always tries to be informative and approachable, and we write it with the aim of making it simple and understandable for any reader. On this occasion, we have allowed ourselves to be a little more technical in order to explain certain fundamentals of genetic...

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Effects of the sun on your skin

Effects of the sun on the skin The exposure of our skin to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, and the absorption of this ultraviolet energy, causes changes in our body's chemical, hormonal and neuronal signals, which have subsequent effects on immune cells and...

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Obesity and genetics

What is obesity? Obesity is defined as an abnormal or excessive accumulation of fat that can be detrimental to health (1). Among the different methods for measuring and classifying obesity, the body mass index (BMI) is the most widely used. BMI is calculated by...

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Cancer and Genetics

What is cancer? Cells are the basic units that make up the human body, and they grow and divide to create new cells as the body needs them, forming our organs and tissues. Usually, they die when they grow old or become too damaged, and new cells take their place [1]....

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Mental health

What is mental health? Mental health is so broad and encompasses so many factors and areas of study that it is difficult to give a brief, clear and concise definition. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) definition, "mental health is a state of well-being...

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Pharmacogenetics

What is a drug A drug is any active physicochemical substance that interacts with and modifies the body to cure, prevent or diagnose a disease. Drugs regulate pre-existing functions but are not capable of creating new ones [1].   Drug action Generally, a drug is...

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Genetics and diabetes

Types of diabetes Diabetes is a chronic metabolic disease that indicates that glucose levels in the blood are very high and, over time, erodes systems and organs such as kidneys or blood vessels (1). There are two types of diabetes: Type I diabetes, in which the...

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Genetics and breast cancer

Within the world of oncology, breast cancer is perhaps one of the best-known cancers, possibly because it is the most diagnosed cancer in the world (1). Population ageing, one of the main consequences of the welfare society, or the greater prevalence of risk factors...

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Genetics and Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders in the world. From the sixth decade of life, the risk begins to multiply (1). It is a progressive disease, currently without a cure, which manifests itself mainly in memory problems and is...

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Genetics and ancestors

Most of us living in the world today come from what was once a relatively small population. The past 200 years, and more and more today, this exciting fact has piqued the curiosity of many people. We like to know what regions we come from and where our previous...

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24Genetics in Nature

Nature publishes the most extensive genetic study on COVID-19, with the participation of 24Genetics. 24Genetics, a leader in consumer genetics, has participated in the most extensive study to date on genetics and COVID-19. As part of HGI (Host Genetics Initiative),...

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Genetics and skincare

Every part of your body has a direct relationship with your genes. One of them is the skin, an organ that needs to be nourished and cared for. In our skin lives a whole set of bacteria in harmony (1), thanks to which this organ acquires different properties and works...

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Nutrition and Covid19

If anything, 2020 has been filled with changes in our way of life, brought about by the pandemic. Personal health and wellness have emerged as the main objectives in times of COVID, and nutrition has become a critical factor in achieving and maintaining the desired...

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Genetics and sports

Nearly thirty centuries have passed since the first Olympic Games happened in ancient Greece, and we are still studying the factors that influence the best performance. Fortunately, nowadays, thanks to technology, we have a variety of biometric devices that measure...

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Genetics and drugs

Thousands of people die every year in different parts of the world due to the misuse of drugs. However, for several decades, we have learned how drugs interact with our genes (1). Pharmacogenetics is the science in charge of analyzing and applying the knowledge in DNA...

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Genetics and cancer

This February is World Cancer Day. According to recent data from the World Health Organization, cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Among those with the worst prognosis are lung, colon and breast cancer (1). The risk factors affecting this group of...

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Genetics and health

The most advanced countries in healthcare, which lead the rest, prevention is vital. You no longer go to the doctor to cure diseases; you go to prevent them. And in that, genetic information is paramount. Your genetic information is unique and therefore, different...

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