Blood clots, platelets, and adenoviruses

Take a look into the role of platelets, their connection to blood clots, and a discussion of the research on adenovirus-vector therapy, thrombocytopenia, and platelet reactions.

G6PD Deficiency: How to check your genes

People who carry the genetic mutations that cause G6PD deficiency are at an increased risk for hemolytic anemia when taking quinine-based medications. This article is intended to be a ‘heads up’ for anyone who is considering using quinine or chloroquine without a doctor’s advice for COVID-19.

CBD Oil: Will it work for you?

Why do some people get such great benefits from CBD while others notice nothing? Your genes play a role in how your body responds to CBD.

Are you a FUT2 secretor or non-secretor? How to check

A genetic variant in the FUT2 gene controls whether or not you secrete your blood type into your saliva and other bodily fluids, such as your intestinal mucosa. This alters the gut microbiome – and protects you from Norovirus.

TNF alpha: Inflammation, Genetics, and Natural Inhibitors

Do you feel like you are constantly dealing with inflammation? Joint pain, food sensitivity, etc.? Perhaps you are genetically geared towards a higher inflammatory response. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) is an inflammatory cytokine that acts as a signaling molecule in our immune system.

Inflammation Summary Report

Utilize our Immune and Inflammation Topic Summary Reports with your 23andMe or AncestryDNA genetic data to discover the articles most relevant to you. These summaries distill the complex information down into just a few words. Please refer to the linked articles for details and complete references. (Member’s article)

Genetics and Mannose-Binding Lectin

Mannose-binding lectin, also known as mannose-binding protein, is involved in the body’s innate defense against infections. Find out how genetic variants in this system increase your susceptibility to specific pathogens.

Vitamin D and immunity

Vitamin D, Genes, and Your Immune System

Vitamin D is more than just a ‘vitamin’. It is actually a hormone essential to many processes in your body – including your immune system. Learn how vitamin D helps the immune response to coronavirus, flu, and other respiratory viruses.

Genetic susceptibility to viruses

Viral immunity-your genes protect you. Your genetic variants shape your immune system and give you superpowers against some pathogens, perhaps more susceptible to others.​

Gingivitis and Your Genes

You brush, you floss, and your gums still bleed… perhaps you carry some of the genetic variants associated with gingivitis? Check your genetic data to see. (Member’s article)

C-Reactive Protein (CRP): Marker of Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is the driver of many common diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, obesity, and autoimmune diseases. C-Reactive Protein is a marker of inflammation. Genetic variants can increase or decrease CRP levels.

Increased Inflammation and IL-17A Genetic Variants

Some people have a more sensitive immune system and are more prone to inflammatory reactions. We need a balance in the body between fighting off pathogens and not having too much of an inflammatory response. Learn more about what triggers inflammation and how your genes play a part.