Do Your Genes Place You at High Risk for COVID-19?

Do Your Genes Place You at High Risk for COVID-19?

In the last six months, the world has learned that the SARS-CoV-2 virus, more commonly known as COVID-19, is contagious, can be deadly, and has become a global pandemic. As of today, more than 8.2 million people have tested positive, and more than 445,000 have died...

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Genetic Testing Challenges in Oncology: Missed Mutations Highlight Somatic, Germline Test Difference

Genetic Testing Challenges in Oncology: Missed Mutations Highlight Somatic, Germline Test Difference

A patient with Cowden syndrome developed a neuroendocrine tumor. Cowden syndrome is a hereditary condition that causes non-cancerous tumor-like growths in the skin and mucous membranes. It can also increase the risk for certain cancers, such as melanoma, breast, thyroid, and endometrial cancer. However, neuroendocrine tumors are not typically associated with this syndrome. As part…

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Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall: The Epigenetics Of Aging

Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall: The Epigenetics Of Aging

A few months ago, I received an email from a company called Chronomics that tests for epigenetic changes in your DNA. I’m still a bit scarred from my personal direct-to-consumer testing experience, so I was initially reluctant to explore yet another genetic test. But I find the study of epigenetics fascinating and finally agreed to sign on.

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