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Barfly Genetics

You probably know that smoking and excessive drinking are bad for you. But did you know that your genetics also factor into how much those vices can impact your health? Healthy lifestyle choice — like avoiding cigarettes — make you less susceptible to a host to diseases. For instance, non-smokers live, on ...

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Smells Like Gene Spirit

Here’s something to file under “Thank Goodness!” Researchers at the University of Bristol found that people with the genetic variant making them more prone to smelly armpits are also more likely to wear deodorant. The paper, published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, looked at variants in the ...

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Do You Know How You’ll Respond to Thiopurine Medications?

Some of the more common thiopurine drugs: 6-Thioguanine (Lanvis®) 6-Mercaptopurine (Purinethol®) Azathioprine (Azasan®, Imuran®) You may lack the enzyme thiopurine methyltransferase (TPMT) and not even know it.  For most of those who lack the enzyme, it will never be a problem, but, for those who are ...

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Genetic Armor in Flu Season

A sure way to make you more diligent about washing your hands is to read a little coverage on what’s turning out to be the worst flu season in recent memory. A lucky few of us, however, have defenses that go beyond trusty soap and water — our genes. Approximately 30 percent of people with European ancestry ...

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We Can Handle the Truth About Genetics

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who received their health information prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will only have ...

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