Our Approach

Gene Heritage strives to not misrepresent how much reported genes influence traits. We fully disclose whether specific genes are a major or minor influence on traits.

Traits Covered by Gene Heritage* Genetic InfluenceGene
Eye color Major OCA2 & HERC2
Skin redness after application of alcohol patch Major ALDH2
Ability to taste PTC, which is similar to organic compounds in some foods Major TAS2R38
Wet vs dry East Asian ear wax Major ABCC11
Sensitivity to smelling β-ionone, a floral fragant organic compound Major OR5A1
Lactose intolerance Moderate LCT & MCM6
Facial flushing after drinking a glass of beer Moderate ALDH2
Perception of bitterness in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli Minor TAS2R38
More vs less smelly sweat Minor ABCC11
Perception of the smell of violets and rose oil Minor OR5A1
Sprint performance Minor ACTN3

* Visit coverage to see which DNA collectors do not provide the raw DNA data points needed to report on some genes.

No Clinical Importance

Gene Heritage does not report on traits of clinical importance. To find out what traits or risks you may have that might benefit from clinical treatment, talk to your health care provider or a genetic counselor. The National Society of Genetic Counselors has a directory of genetic counselors.

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