The genes that we inherit from our family are the building blocks that make us who we are. These genes help decide everything from our eye color to our athletic ability. However, they can also make us predisposed to certain medical conditions.
Knowing your family history and having your DNA tested can help you learn if you are predisposed to certain medical conditions and allow you to take preventative measures. While not every medical condition is linked to your genetics, conditions like breast cancer, cystic fibrosis, and Huntington’s disease are commonly inherited.
Check out the infographic below for more information on commonly inherited medical conditions.
About the author:
Abby Drexler is a contributing writer and media specialist for Genetics Digest. She regularly produces content for a variety of science and education blogs about the wonders of genetics and DNA.