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What Can You Learn From Gene Heritage?

Have you heard of Gene Heritage yet?  If so, you might have wondered what you can learn from their DNA reports.  In this post, I will discuss my favorite things you can learn about your DNA through Gene Heritage using examples from my own reports.

What Can You Learn From Gene Heritage_

Gene Heritage does not do DNA tests, and the services that they offer are pretty different than those available through your DNA testing company.   Even though I usually only write about genealogy and family tree research using DNA, I still think it’s neat to explore other things that we can learn from our DNA

If you tested your DNA with any of the following companies and have already received your results, you can have your DNA analyzed by Gene Heritage:

  • AncestryDNA
  • 23andMe
  • FamilyTreeDNA
  • MyHeritage DNA
  • Living DNA
  • National Geographic Geno 2.0
  • Genes for Good

I received a free report from Gene Heritage (value: $12) so I could learn about the information we can learn on this site. I don’t receive any sort of financial benefit if you decide to get your own reports or click on any links to Gene Heritage in this post.

Curious about your hidden traits?  Try the individual report

One of the primary focuses of Gene Heritage is to help people learn about inheritance and origins of their traits and genes.  Right now, Gene Heritage is able to check your DNA for 19 different traits. 

My favorite traits that I learned about in my individual Gene Heritage report?

  • Whether alcohol is likely to give my face a slight flush.  I got two “insensitive” alleles, by the way, which means that I don’t get the tell–tale flush after a glass of red wine.
  • Whether or not I have dry or wet earwax and thus might be have smellier underarms (yes, I’m serious, and yes, I’m smelly!)
  • I learned that I have inherited a copy of an “on” allele for the ACTN3 gene from each of my parents (thanks mom and dad!) that has a minor influence in my capabilities as a fast sprinter.  I used to run track in school – sweet!
This is from my individual report. It turns out that I inherited an insensitive allele from both of my parents, which might be why I don’t mind the taste of broccoli or red wine.
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Gene Heritage can help you learn about the ancient origins of your traits

While this won’t help you learn about your family tree, it is still interesting to learn about the origins of your traits.  Are you curious about whether you have the ancient “global” trait that makes you more likely to be insensitive to sweet tastes, or a more recent mutation of the genes which makes you more sensitive to sweets?

I got two “sensitive” alleles of this trait.  Could that explain my sweet tooth?

This is from my Gene Heritage individual report.   Surprise, I love sugar!

Want to know which parent gave you your eye color?  Gene Heritage can help with that

If one of both of your parents have done DNA tests and you have access to their raw DNA data, you can find out which genes your parents had.  For example, both of my parents had two copies of the “light” colored alleles that gave me light-colored eyes, so of course there was no chance that I could have dark eyes.

The Parent/Child report works for all of the 19 traits.  In the image below, you can see in the graphic that both of my parents had an Off and On alleles for being tolerant to lactose:

It looks like both of my parents carried the gene that could make me lactose intolerant.  I’m so glad that I got the “on”European mutation that makes me tolerant to lactose 🙂  Talk about luck!

Interested in how much DNA your grandchild shares with you?  Check out the Grandchild Report

As I mentioned previously, I am tolerant to lactose.  We got a Grandchild report done because me, both of my parents, and my daughter have all done DNA tests.  Just out of curiosity, I decided to check out whether or not she is likely to be tolerant to lactose. 

In the image below, you can see that I had two “On” alleles, which means that I am more likely to tolerate lactose.  My daughter got one “On” one from me, and one “Off” (the ancient global allele) from her father. 


If you want to learn a little bit more about Gene Heritage before you check it out for yourself, you can read my post, “What is Gene Heritage?”

Have you used the Gene Heritage reports?  What did you think of your results?  Do you have any questions about something that you read in this post?  I’d love to hear from you in the discussion below.

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