Tag: genetics

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 »

Your Doppelgänger may look like you, but is there more to the story genetically?

Your Doppelgänger may look like you, but is there more to the story genetically? A Doppelgänger is someone that may be able to pass for you as your double.  Many celebrities have been impersonated by Doppelgängers who are not at all members of your family. According to the NY Times, Doppelgänger may not only look like you but may also have genetic similarities. Celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Elon Musk, and many others have Doppelgängers and you may too. This is not to be confused with twins or triplets separate at birth and who were given up for adoption as Read More »

Annual check-ups and a genetic evaluation too; this is the new annual exam from a Chicago based hospital system.

Annual check-ups and a genetic evaluation too; this is the new annual exam from a Chicago based hospital. Many health problems have a genetic basis.   The annual physical as doctors have recommended may do more harm than good according to recent studies and doctors are wondering about its usefulness, when it is based on blood, and vitals, but fails to look at the whole person. A Chicago based hospital system is rethinking what the physical should include. North Shore University Health System is now adding genetic testing to its annual exam with counseling.  Lower cost genetic screening is now available making Read More »

Scientists have successfully edited a dangerous gene mutation in an embryo; What’s coming next?

Scientists have successfully edited a dangerous gene mutation in an embryo; What’s coming next? The ability to fix or splice genetic information in an embryo to effect the development of a cell was going to happen eventually, and recently, the NY Times reported on the success of scientists who did just that. Just imagine, you have a genetic trait that can make you ill early or later in life, and you are able to evaluate the gene and replace it early on in the development of your child, changing their health destiny. Imagine you have the Braca gene and we Read More »

Chronic pain is a family trait says a new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Chronic pain is a family trait says a new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology Is the tendency for chronic pain inherited? In the book, Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain, it explains that we not only look like our parents, but walk and are built like them too. Most people who are significantly asymmetrically built have mechanical issues that result in chronic pain, bad knees and other painful conditions. Most chiropractors, rheumatologists and even physical therapists see many of these patients who have been told they have conditions such as Read More »