We all know that information is passed down from one generation to the next through genes. But what about another type of non-gene change in your DNA, called epigenetics? Literally meaning “above the genes”, epigenetic changes are chemical modifications to … Continue reading Changes in Your Genome Felt Throughout Generations
We use so many words to describe our backgrounds. We talk about heritage, ancestry, race, and ethnicity. Most of us use these words interchangeably, but they don’t mean the same thing. Cultural identify and genetic ancestry do not always line … Continue reading The Genetics of Culture (Hint: It doesn’t exist)
Whether it’s a genetic test from a doctor’s office or a direct-to-consumer kit sent to your house, there is a lot to consider before taking a genetic test: “Why do I want to take a genetic test?” “Am I just … Continue reading Genetic Testing: Potential Consequences of a False Result
Did you already have your answer in mind after reading the title? I know I did; I immediately thought “siblings, right?” Long story short, yes, you can be genetically closer to your siblings than your parents, but you’re considered to … Continue reading Are You Genetically Closer to Your Parents or Siblings?