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Can polyphenols in fruit kill cancer cells?

Polyphenols are currently all the rage in some scientific circles, but what are they and why are folks so excited? In short, polyphenols are a group of more than 10,000 compounds found in plants that appear to have antioxidant, anticarcinogenic, antiatherosclerotic, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, hepatoprotective, antiviral, antiallergic, antidiarrheal, antimicrobial, and estrogenic activity (R). Not surprisingly, then,… Read More

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Should you take fish oil after a brain injury?

I really hit my head hard the other day and it wasn’t fun. I was visiting with a friend over coffee on an outdoor patio with glass paned double doors that led back to a main dining area. When I left to use the restroom, both doors were open, but in the time I was… Read More

CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing

What is CRISPR-Cas9? An introduction in genome editing

CRISPR-Cas9 is one of the hottest topics in molecular biology (see this Nature special), and with recent advances is starting to gain attention in the mainstream media; see NYT, Guardian, BBC and many, many more news sources. A lot of this interest has been driven by the case of Brian Madeux in California. Brian, who has… Read More

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Finding the best DNA test: should I genotype or sequence?

Updated May 12th, 2018 If you’ve arrived here you’re probably somewhat aware of the various consumer genotyping kits available for people wanting to check their ancestry and more recently (at least in an official sense) their health. The 4th quarter of 2016 saw 1.6 million people gain access to their genetic data in one form or… Read More

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Do plant based diets help us live longer? Separating fact from fiction

Updated November 19th, 2017  A big part of the reason I became involved with Gene Food was to help people understand that nutrition advice isn’t one size fits all. What works for some, won’t work for others. And yet, every food guru out there believes their diet is the best. The Vegan camp, in documentaries… Read More

Cystic Fibrosis and Nutrition

Cystic fibrosis, nutrition and choline

We’re going to have a bit of  change of tack with topics and rather than talk about how polymorphisms can affect otherwise healthy people; I’ll instead talk about how polymorphisms can impact on people with already existing diseases. This also gives me a chance to talk about the research that initially got me interested in… Read More

Dental Amalgam Fillings Genetics Mercury

Why I removed my dental amalgams

Updated December 27th, 2016 Should you have dental amalgams removed? Will doing so expose you to more mercury than if you were to leave the fillings in place? Are dental amalgams “safe,” as many dentists claim? In this post, I share my experience with getting 3 dental amalgams removed, as well as current research on… Read More

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