Tag: DNA

Cells or DNA; which is more important in determining what we are?

Cells or DNA; which is more important in determining what we are? We have been taught that DNA is what determines who we are and how we are formed, yet scientists are finding out this is not necessarily true. Cells are actually the architects of life.  While genetics are important, the cells are what multiply and eventually turn into us.   Change the DNA using CRISPR technology and you may not get what you think. Recently, scientists have been rethinking the idea of DNA with an expanded model depending on the region your family came from.  They did this to be Read More »

A more diverse genome model that goes past simple DNA may lead to better medical care.

A more diverse genome model that goes past simple DNA may lead to better medical care. DNA is the genetic code that we have been told makes up the building blocks of who we are. Scientists are finding that DNA is much more complicated than that and there is a regionality to it. A new model known as the Pangenome may actually be more accurate, since many of us may have come from areas other than Europe. Considering different peoples developed differently in different areas of the world, the Pangenome model is more accurate and considers different regional adaptations that Read More »

Unlocking the mysteries of Ludwig Von Beethoven’s hair through DNA Science.

Unlocking the mysteries of Ludwig Von Beethoven’s hair through DNA Science. Genetics reveals inconvenient truths.   Human hair contains our genetic information as does our spit which is the basis of many of the genetic testing programs such as Ancestry and 23 and Me. Recently, researchers according to the NY Times were able to debunk myths about this famous composer and even learn about his life and death. As the article tells us, in 1827, as Ludwig Von Beethoven lay dying and in pain, grieving friends and families visited and asked for a lock of his hair in remembrance. In the Read More »

Online DNA tests; are they accurate and do they work?

Online DNA tests; are they accurate and do they work? Ten years ago, it would have cost thousands of dollars to have your DNA mapped.  This information could help you potentially find out if you are likely to get genetic illnesses and more. 23 and me a well-known company that performs a basic online DNA test for under $100 dollars and for under $200 they will tell you if you are prone to getting a particular disease.  Another company, Ancestry.com will also do this but they offer a service that makes it easy to set up a family tree and Read More »