Navigating summer BBQs with your DNA in mind

One of the many remarkable things about your genome is that it holds insights that are valuable throughout your day, each and every day. Now, with summer rapidly approaching and family gatherings and backyard barbecues...

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Dr. Susumu Ohno: Finding the beauty in DNA

We’re celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by shining a spotlight on scientists whose work changed the world. These scientists share a common heritage that traces back to Asia or the Pacific Islands,...

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Summer: The season for sun and DNA repair

The season of graduations, backyard BBQs, and pool parties is upon us, which means a lot of people will be in the sun. Solar rays bathe us in the summer months—one of the big perks...

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The myth of the “red hair gene”

Sometimes, genetics seems pretty straightforward. What color is your hair? Brown? Red? Blonde? You must have inherited the brown, red, or blond hair gene, right? In reality, genetics is rarely simple—even when it comes to...

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5 ways Helix is seriously different from ordinary DNA tests

“You’re just like that other DNA test I’ve heard a lot about, right?” (Nope, we aren’t!) “Helix tells you your ancestry, because that’s what DNA tests do.” (We can tell you your ancestry—but we can...

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Flexing your muscles is in your DNA

Exercise routines are generally not a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. People are different, and they respond to workouts differently. Some people just seem to fatigue more quickly than others. There are many reasons this happens,...

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Dr. Ching Chun Li: Guarding the heart of science

We’re celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by shining a spotlight on scientists whose work changed the world. These scientists share a common heritage that traces back to Asia or the Pacific Islands,...

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