DNA Testing for Smart Life Choices

Height

While nutrition and other factors play a role, height is a highly heritable trait. A DNA Test can reveal height potential. Anticipating your child’s height can help you better understand their growth patterns and make decisions about extracurricular activities.

Would you like to know if your child should play basketball? Are you curious about the genetic tendencies you and your spouse may pass on to your children? Take the Height Potential DNA Test today!


Genetics 101

Every cell in the human body contains DNA– a long complex chain made of billions of bases called nucleotides. Only four types of nucleotides compose the DNA chain: These are A=Adenine G = Guanin, T=Thymine, C= Cytosine. The DNA chain is packed in 23 separate packages called chromosomes, which make our genome. A gene is a sequence of hundreds, thousands or even tens of thousands of nucleotides. Human cells have two copies for almost every gene in our genome. Together, all of our genes determine our physical characteristics and traits.

Nucleotide sequence in the DNA chain has some differences for each person, which is what makes each of us unique. A change in the sequence of even a single nucleotide can determine a person’s certain tendency. Studies have found that is it enough for a person to have a change in a single nucleotide (known as SNP-Single Nucleotide Polymorphism) to mark a gene and to be able to predict with certainty that this person has a specific tendency.
(read more about DNA and genes in Genetics 101).

Height Potential Test
Most human traits and diseases are complex and involve multiple genes and environmental factors. Human body height and its variation between individuals is a typical complex trait with high inheritability factors. Several genome-wide linkage studies on height have been performed in recent years, and these studies suggest multiple genomic regions where harboring genes affecting an individual's height.
A study of 1153 elderly Swedish men (age 70) concluded that rs2179922 (G:G) homozygote were between 0.90 - 2.3cm taller on average than either (A:G) or (A:A) genotypes. [No such association with height was seen for females.]
The SNP was identified in the estrogen receptor gene (ESR1).

These testimonials are based on fictional accounts, but for most of us, they are all-too familiar situations.

“I was constantly teased for being too tall as a teenager. For years, I’ve been embarrassed about my height and wondered how it was possible I was so tall, when the rest of my family was of average height. I was interested in the recent research about height and DNA, so I took the Height Potential Test. It turns out, that extra height potential is actually in my family’s DNA somewhere. What a relief!”

“My daughters are growing at very different rates and I wanted to see what my DNA said about my height potential and how it might affect their height. A mom at their school told me about the Height Potential Test. I ordered one and found the results to be very interesting. Neither my husband nor I carry the gene that could make our daughters grow overly tall.”

“I went through a huge growth spurt at 13 and my doctor predicted I would have another one. We have a lot of tall people in my family who have late growth spurts. I’m now 16 and my Mom and I were curious to see if I might be like them. We found the Height Potential Test online and were really excited. We just got the results back! It looks like I have the right tendency to be tall!”

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