The Gene Heritage Approach

Many factors influence your traits, not just your genes. At Gene Heritage, our goal is to carefully curate genetic reports that accurately represent how much or how little your genes influence your traits.

Traits Covered by Gene Heritage

Trait* Genetic InfluenceGene
Eye color OCA2 & HERC2
Skin redness after application of ethanol patch ALDH2
Ability to taste PTC, which is similar to organic compounds in some foods TAS2R38
Wet vs dry East Asian earwax ABCC11
Sensitivity to smelling β-ionone, a floral fragant organic compound OR5A1
Lactose intolerance LCT & MCM6
Sweetness taste sensitivity to sugar TAS1R3
Bitter taste sensitivity to saccharin TAS2R31
Facial flushing after drinking a glass of beer ALDH2
Sensitivity to the smell of Androstadienone, a human pheromone OR7D4
Sensitivity to the smell of Isobutyraldehyde, found in beer & many foods OR6B2
Perception of bitterness in red wine TAS2R38
Perception of bitterness in cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli TAS2R38
More vs less smelly sweat ABCC11
Perception of the smell of violets and rose oil OR5A1
Umami (savory) taste sensitivity TAS1R1
Sensitivity to the smell of Leaf Alcohol OR2J3
Sensitivity to the smell of Asparagusic Acid Waste OR2M7
Sprint performance ACTN3

* Different DNA collectors detect different DNA data points. Check out Coverage to see which genes we report on for your particular DNA collector.

Degrees of Genetic Influence

Genes in your report are rated as having Major, Moderate or Minor influence on specific traits. Other influences on your traits include environmental, dietary, microbial and lifestyle factors, in addition to the complex interaction of not just one, but multiple genes.

Genes with Major Influence predict a trait more than 92% of the time.
Example: the SR Gene Region’s influence on determining female or male anatomy.
Genes with Moderate Influence predict a trait 67% to 92% of the time.
Example: the SR Gene Region’s influence on height.
Genes with Minor Influence predict a trait less than 67% of the time.
Example: the SR Gene Region’s influence on life span.

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.