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Basics of Genetics and How Your SNPs Affect Your Health

In this SelfDecode community webinar by our geneticist, Dr. Brendan Swan, PhD, we covered topics such as the definitions of genes, SNPs, gene expression, and phenotypes; and whether the SNPs really increase or decrease gene function. Further, we discussed how all of this connects with health problems that you are trying to resolve.

The webinar was followed by a live Q&A.

Profile PicAbout the speaker: Dr. Brendan Swan, PhD in Neurogenetics, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Brendan is the Chief Scientific Officer of SelfDecode.

Brendan has had a fascination with human genetics from an early age. His PhD dissertation involved developing a method for identifying mutations that cause complex neurodevelopmental disorders, with emphasis placed on autism. He then investigated the causative mechanism of the mutations to gain insight to how these disorders arise.

To Brendan, SelfDecode represents the future of health and well-being – a tool that provides personalized information about an individual’s genetic variations. He sees it as a place for people to learn about how they can align their lifestyles with their genetic makeup in order to have longer, healthier, and happier lives.

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