Your Genes Determine if You Like Cilantro

Your genes are responsible for a whole lot of things about you! Genes determine things like your eye color and your hair color. I guess is isn’t so surprising to learn that your genes determine if you like, or hate, certain foods. When it comes to cilantro, the gene that determines if you like it (or hate it) is connected to your sense of smell. Your biological mother, and biological father, each contributed to your genetic makeup. Genes get passed down from one generation to the next. This explains why you look like some of your ancestors, and why you … Continue reading

What’s In Your Genes?

The human body is a very interesting thing, as are the genes within it. Some of our physical traits are uniquely our own, and others we have inherited from our parents or other ancestors. It can be confusing to know which things are commonly inherited and which are not. For example, the shape of your hairline is determined by genetics. Some of us have a hairline that goes straight across our forehead, while others have what is called a widow’s peak hairline. The Widow’s peak hairline comes to a point in the center of the forehead. I just looked at … Continue reading

Your Genes Determine if You Like Pork

Do you like pork? Do your family members enjoy dinners that include pork? Or, do you have a family member who cannot stand the taste, or the smell, of pork? A new study reveals that the reason has to do with genetics. Certain genes make a person able to smell the meat more intensely than others can. Pork has been described in advertisements as “the other white meat”. Many Americans eat pork sausage, pork chops, and pork ribs. We eat pork in tacos, and in rice, and we eat plenty of bacon that is made from pork. Of course, some … Continue reading

Researchers Find Four Genes Linked to ADHD

A study has revealed that there are four gene variants that are involved in the brain signaling pathways in some children who have ADHD. This finding could, potentially, be used to help create medications that target those specific pathways. It could also lead to new treatments for kids who have ADHD due to those specific gene variants. Researchers from the Center for Applied Genomics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia have discovered that there are four gene variants that affect a sub-set of children that have ADHD. All four gene variants are part of the glutamate receptor gene family. The … Continue reading

Alcoholism Risk Involves More Than Just Genes

Some conditions that are passed down through a family’s genes are not exactly the kinds of things that anyone likes to talk about. Things like mental illness and alcoholism are very important to understand, yet discussion of them among family members may not be very frequent if they are discussed at all. This can make it difficult to know your family history of these conditions. If you know that someone in your family is an alcoholic or you suspect that there may be an alcoholic in your family, take heart. Although there are genes that are linked to alcoholism that … Continue reading

Your Genes Could Be The Reason That You Crave Sugar

If you have ever experienced an intense and unstoppable craving for a food, then you have experienced the workings of the genetics of addiction. The three most commonly craved types of foods are sweet foods, salty foods, and fatty foods. Research has shown that people who have very strong food cravings and have trouble sticking with a diet often exhibit many of the same symptoms of people that suffer from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Some of the diagnostic criteria for substance addiction include persistent desire, repeated unsuccessful attempts to “quit”, continued use despite knowledge of adverse effects, and withdrawal … Continue reading

Genes Reunited Has Passenger Lists Online

Passenger lists are very useful pieces of information to genealogists. It can help you to pinpoint exactly when an ancestor decided to leave the country of his or her birth and begin living in another country. Genes Reunited now has passenger lists that genealogists can view online, for free, through their website. Genes Reunited is a genealogy website that is a sister site to both the Friends Reunited and the Friends Reunited Dating websites. The Genes Reunited website was launched in 2003, and is a good resource for genealogists to use. It is one of the UK’s leading family history … Continue reading

Scientists Find Genes that Link to Migraine Headaches

A genome-wide association study reveals that there are three specific genes that appear more frequently in the DNA of migraine sufferers than in the genes of those who do not get migraine headaches. One of these genes only seems to affect women. It is entirely possible that a person can inherit those genes from her parents, and end up having migraines. Does someone in your family suffer from migraines? Chances are that person is female, and that she is not the only female relative or ancestor on your family tree that has a tendency to get these debilitating types of … Continue reading

Is Diabetes Risk In Your Genes?

Some health problems that are connected to heredity follow fairly straightforward patterns of heritability. Other health conditions, while still connected to heredity; do not follow a predictable pattern. This can make things difficult for people who are charting their family medical history because when you find out that one or more relatives have a certain condition, you will not likely know right away whether it is a condition that follows a pattern or one that does not until you have a chance to ask a doctor or do a little research. Diabetes is one health condition that does not follow … Continue reading

Is Addiction In Your Genes?

Addiction is a very serious condition that affects about ten percent of the population. It affects people of all ethnicities, and all socioeconomic backgrounds. The consequences of addiction are diverse; it affects both physical and mental health and economic, social, and emotional well being. Our understanding of the workings of addiction has grown tremendously in recent years, as more and more research on addiction has been done. Research has shown that genetic predisposition to addiction, along with poor coping skills, are the two factors that determine whether an individual will struggle with addiction. Studies that were conducted by observing twins, … Continue reading