8 Fascinating Ways Genes Affect Our Careers

8 Fascinating Ways Genes Affect Our Careers

We like to think of ourselves as in charge of our own destinies.  The American Dream is all about being able to achieve what you are capable of — regardless of who your parents are or what they do for a living. But a new book by Professor Scott Shane argues and establishes that our genes do indeed affect our work lives.  In Born Entrepreneurs, Born Leaders, he posits that genes have an impact on the occupations we choose, our success in those occupations, and whether we start a business. The…

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A gene’s dysfunction may cause premenstrual mood disorder

A gene’s dysfunction may cause premenstrual mood disorder

A premenstrual mood disorder that affects two to five per cent of women of reproductive age may be the result of a dysregulation in certain gene activity. Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) with symptoms such as irritability, sadness, and anxiety in the days leading up to her menstrual period, is severe than premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which is much more common. The findings showed that women with PMDD are more sensitive to the effects of sex hormones estrongen and progesterone, due to a molecular mechanism in their genes. The study proves “that…

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Is Cardiac Health All in Your Genes?

Is Cardiac Health All in Your Genes?

The good news: Healthy behaviour appears to slash the risk of coronary disease in people at high genetic risk for events. The bad news: Folks with “good genes” cant expect their genetic makeup to offset bad habits, warns a senior cardiologist here. Basically, it means that the foundation for prevention has to be lifestyle, because it makes a difference regardless of your genetic risk factor. If you were at high genetic risk, you are not fated to have the problem. Lifestyle is important regardless of whether your genetic risk is…

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Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Your genes and place of birthcan have a major effect on the formation of the microbial community in the gut — which plays an important role in keeping one healthy, a research has showed. The study proved that gut microbiome plays a leading role in the body’s immune response. Thus, controlling the microbes in the gut could influence the immune system and disease vulnerability. The findings showed the early life environment is very important for the formation of an individual’s microbiome. The moderate shifts in diet, as we age, also…

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It’s not all in the Genes: Clean Living can cut Heart Risks

It’s not all in the Genes: Clean Living can cut Heart Risks

Clean living can slash your risk for heart disease even if your genes are heavily stacked against you. A large study finds that people with the most inherited risk cut their chances of having a heart attack or other heart problems in half if they didn’t smoke, ate well, exercised and stayed slim. The opposite also is true: You can largely trash the benefit of good genes with unhealthy habits. “DNA is not destiny, and you have control,” said the study leader, Dr. Sekar Kathiresan, genetic research chief at Massachusetts…

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