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This update includes two new reports based on recently published studies. The first report examines the genetics of hernias while the second report looks into genetic predisposition to beat synchronization. Both reports implicate genes that you can explore in detail with the exploration tools that are available with our Deep and Ultra Deep Whole Genome Sequencing! Looking for actionable advice? Read on and learn what you can do to reduce the risk of hernias

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New DNA Reports in the Nebula Library
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Hernias: A hernia occurs when part of an internal organ or tissue bulges through a weak area of muscle. Many hernias happen in areas around the abdomen, including the groin, stomach, and belly button. Hernias are a fairly common occurrence and are often caused by lifting heavy objects or excessive coughing. When left untreated, they can cause pain and health problems. To discover genetic variants associated with the development of hernias, this study examined over 65,000 individuals of European ancestry. Researchers identified 22 regions of the genome associated with the development of hernias at any location in the body. [Published on June 9th, 2022Got your results already? Log in and view your new report! 

Beat synchronization: Music is an integral part of many cultures across the world. One feature of music that is present across cultures is the “beat”, which is the rhythmic measure that helps to structure music. When listening to music, many people clap or tap along to the beat, but the ability to keep up with the beat varies widely. This genome-wide association study sought to identify genetic variants that affect an individual’s ability to keep a beat by examining more than 600,000 individuals of European ancestry. Researchers identified 69 genetic variants that are linked with an individual’s ability to keep a beat. [Published on June 16th, 2022Got your results already? Log in and view your new report!

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A number of genes belonging to the ADAMTS family (ADAMTS6, ADAMTS16, ADAMTSL3) were associated with a genetic predisposition to hernias. These genes have an important role in tissue organization and may contribute to strengthening the abdomen. Mutations in another ADAMTS gene, ADAMTS13, have been reported in people with the familial form of thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. This condition causes blood clots to form in small blood vessels throughout the body. 

You can use our genome browser and gene analysis tools to examine the ADAMTS genes and any other of the ~20,000 genes in your genome! Simply log in, open the gene analysis tool and search for the three gene names.

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While some people are genetically predisposed to hernias, there are many steps one can take to reduce the risk. This include:

  • Maintain ideal body weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising.
  • Eat enough fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to avoid constipation.
  • Use correct form when lifting weights or heavy objects. Avoid lifting anything that is beyond your ability.
  • See a doctor when you are ill with persistent coughs or sneezing.
  • Don’t smoke, as the habit can lead to coughing that triggers a hernia.


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