Genetics and Age-related Macular Degeneration

What is Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)? Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an acquired disease of the macula characterized by progressive visual impairment because of late-onset neurodegeneration of the photoreceptor-retinal pigment epithelial complex. AMD is a disease of the retina which accounts for 8.7% of blindness worldwide and is the leading cause of visual impairment in […]

How Does Our DNA Contribute To Diabetes

In the previous post, we explored how our genes could influence the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. Did you know that there are many other diseases and conditions that are affected by our DNA as well? What is Diabetes Diabetes occurs when your system is not able to transport glucose out of the blood stream […]

Genetics and Alzheimer’s Disease

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to have Alzheimer’s disease? Have you ever been in a situation when the teacher called out to you to answer a question, but you don’t have an answer? Do you remember that feeling of shame and embarrassment? Now imagine feeling constantly frustrated and embarrassed for forgetting […]

Migraines and Genetics

Are migraines a common occurrence that we have no control over? To this day, scientists are still researching everything they can about migraines, from what causes them to how they happen. Scientist believe that both genetics and environmental factors play a role in causing migraines. Migraines are believed to be hereditary, which means that if […]

Common DNA Myths – What are the misconceptions?

The basic building blocks of life — DNA Almost every living organisms on this earth store genetic information in the form of DNA, only some viruses store their genetic information in the form of RNA. But how much do you know about them? Today we explore the common DNA myths and misconceptions about these genetic […]