What Is Huntington’s Disease?

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited condition affecting the brain function in a progressive manner. This means that it can be transmitted from parents to children and that its onset may start quite unobserved, with slow and steady development affecting the patient.  Most commonly, Huntington’s symptoms appear in adults aged 35-44. If it develops before […]

How blood groups are inherited and why it´s important that you know yours

blood groups

Do you know your blood type? This is a question we should all be able to answer. It contains vital information for situations such as blood donations, transfusions or pregnancies. It is also very interesting to know how blood groups are inherited, a very common question asked in medical consultations. Do you want to know […]

The probability of having a boy or a girl according to genetics

boy or girl

Did you know that the probability of having a boy or a girl is determined by genetics? After all, foetal sex depends on whether the sperm cell carries an X or Y sex chromosome. Do you want to know why? It’s all in this article, where we also talk to you about the new methods for […]

Genetic alterations: the different causes and types

genetic alterations

Did you know that all human beings share 99.9% of their genetic information? This means our uniqueness lies in the remaining 0.1%, which varies between individuals and determines our physical characteristics (phenotype), as well as how we respond to environmental factors. Want to find out more? In this article we delve into the different types of […]

Yolanda’s story: learn so you can prevent

cancer prevention

To honour World Cancer Day this week, we want to emphasise how important prevention is as a tool in the fight against cancer. We want to share Yolanda’s story with you, because her experience is a perfect example of preventative medicine. “My name is Yolanda, I am 46 years old, I am married with 2 […]

Hereditary diseases, learn about a few examples

hereditary diseases

Did you know that we can pass on genetic disorders to our children, even if we do not suffer from them ourselves? In fact, we only need to be carriers to pass them down our offspring. In other words, even if we have not developed symptoms, if we are carriers, our children are at risk […]

Discover the preventive and personalised medicine of the 21st Century

preventive medicine

As the saying goes, “prevention is better than cure”. This is the exact approach that preventive medicine takes for healthy people. It seeks to optimise strategies forpreserving and promoting good health, preventing disease and facilitating early diagnosis and treatment. Historically, patients have been treated according to their clinical signs and symptoms, irrespective of their personal […]

What is the purpose of cell-free foetal DNA screening?

foetal DNA

Thanks to new tests that analyse foetal DNA from a mother’s blood sample, prenatal screening has changed drastically in the last decade. Evidence of circulating free DNA in the blood dates back to the late 1940s, but it wasn’t until the late 1990s that the existence of cell-free DNA from the foetus became clear. Also known […]

What are the benefits of genetic testing for hereditary cancer?

genetic testing cancer

Genetic tests for hereditary cancer are designed to confirm or rule out if you have hereditary genetic mutations that are risk factors for a particular type of cancer. But what are the benefits of knowing if you have this predisposition? This article explains it all in detail! What is cancer and where does it come […]

Non-invasive prenatal test and newborn screening: what are my options?

Non-invasive prenatal test and newborn screening

Pregnancy is a period full of excitement and also doctors’ visits. It’s important to ensure there are no health complications for both mother and unborn child. There are different routine tests and check-ups for pregnant women to make sure everything is going well. However, thanks to advances in technology and science, it is possible to […]

Why do genetic tests that supposedly offer the same thing vary so much in price?

Why do genetic tests that supposedly offer the same thing vary so much in price?

Most people have heard of genetics, but if you try to understand it in detail, it is just as hard as learning Mandarin. The inundation of information can be very overwhelming when you first start looking at the vast array of genetic tests available online. In reality, everyone has a different reason for wanting to […]