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April 10, 2017
Know Your Genes: INSIG2 “Insulin Gene”

The Insulin signaling protein type 2 gene (INSIG2) is associated with the synthesis of INSIG2 protein which interacts with transcription factors, activating the synthesis of cholesterol and fatty acids.  The variants of the INSIG2 gene have been shown to be associated with body fat accumulation. Specific alleles of this gene are known to either increase […]

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January 24, 2017
What regulates energy intake and why it differs from person to person?

A healthy weight is maintained during a state of energy balance- when the energy intake of an individual matches the energy expenditure. Weight can accrue over a long period of time if the intake is higher than expenditure. Besides intake and expenditure, other factors such as age, basal metabolism, hormonal imbalance, and genetics also influence […]

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November 21, 2014
Genetics of stroke

Stroke [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Stroke, a medical condition is characterized by rapid loss of brain function due to a disturbance in the blood supply to the brain. Stroke is sometimes called a “brain attack.” If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get the required oxygen and […]

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November 21, 2014
Endurance Or Sprinting – What Suits You Best?

Our unique genetic profile can make some of us more suitable for endurance activities, others for more intense sprinting activities or power training. Genes involved in ‘endurance type of activities’ minimize muscle fatigue during prolonged period of mild to moderate intensity exercises, while genes involved in ‘sprinting’ relate to power, rapid bursts of energy, and […]

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November 21, 2014
What is SNP?

SNP or Single Nucleotide Polymorphism can simply be termed as copying error made by cells during the process of making new cells wherein a ‘wrong’ nucleotide is present in the DNA sequence in the place of a ‘correct’ nucleotide. For e.g., let’s assume that the normal sequence of a particular section of DNA in humans […]

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November 21, 2014
Diabetes : A Genetic overview

With over 30 million people diagnosed to be diabetic, India is well on its way to becoming the diabetes capital of the world! Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body cannot regulate the production or usage of insulin. Insulin is a hormone that converts sugar, starches, and other food into energy. This […]

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November 21, 2014
Role of genes in healthy heart

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a heart condition which usually results from plaque build-up inside the coronary arteries, which carry oxygen rich blood to the heart. A plaque formation, which is the deposition of cholesterol, narrows these blood vessels and reduces supply of oxygen and blood to the heart. CHD symptoms include shortness of breath […]

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November 21, 2014
Satiety response – are you feeling full yet?

Are you feeling full yet?? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] Satiety can be defined as the ‘feeling of fullness’ after eating a meal. For example, have you ever wondered how you fill up with a bowl of oat meal but even three doughnuts leave you feeling hungry? The reason is the comparative satiety levels from […]

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October 8, 2014
Gene implications in food and alcohol hankerings

GENES RESPOND TO THE FOODS WE EAT? [hr height="30" style="default" line="default" themecolor="1"] There is no dearth of recommendations and advice for the healthiest diet in today’s health conscious world.Since our genes respond to the food we eat,biologists at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) have strived to find answers to certain questions at […]

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September 24, 2014
Can junk food alter your DNA?

All of us know that eating a combo of cheesy supersize pizza, bulging burger, and an ice cream sundae is bad for our health. Yet, the craving for the yummy big Mac burger and a tasty cream cake from a roadside shop doesn’t seem to lessen. Genetic implications of junk food Are you someone who […]

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