Science Made Simple

We know that genetics can be confusing and hard to understand. That’s why we strive to make it as simple as possible. We believe in the future of genetics and that the key to an optimized lifestyle lies within our genes. Making this information accessible to everyone is our aspiration.



vo2 max, triathlon

What you need to know about Vo2 Max in triathlon

July 28, 2017
AthGene Ambassador Dario Vasquez (Scientist and Triathlete) will teach you all there is to know about VO2 Max; how you calculate it, how it is...


Upgrade 23andme with AthGene

June 27, 2017
You have your 23andMe results, you’ve received some great information gathered from your genetics about your health and ancestry.

Danes are born to drink beer!

June 13, 2017
Or any alcoholic beverage it would appear. Some would even go so far as to say that it's a natural talent they have... as if their good looks weren't...

dna, triathlon

[Guest Blog] Combining my love of Science and Sports

May 31, 2017
My name is Dario Vazquez, I’m a Spanish scientist living in Denmark since 2013 and currently practicing one of the most physically challenging sports...

sprint gene

Denmark - A country of sprinters?

May 24, 2017
  Scientist have found that it is close to impossible to compete at olympic level in power sports when you are missing one specific gene - ACTN3. And...

How Genes effect your muscle growth potential

May 12, 2017
How quickly can I gain muscle mass?   So, you want to gain muscle but can’t see results, or you’ve hit a plateau? Then it might have something to do...

nutrition, vitamins

Are you getting enough vitamin b12

May 12, 2017
For all the vegetarians or vegans out there, you’re probably wondering if you’re getting enough vitamin B12, since sources of vitamin B12 can only be...

nutrition, iron

Do I need more iron in my diet?

May 12, 2017
Are you experiencing dizziness, extreme fatigue, or increased heart rate, which affect your job performance or work out? Then you might need to pump...

What about Vitamin c deficiency?

May 12, 2017
When it comes to having a cold, vitamin C is the best weapon to both prevent and fight against it. So why is vitamin C so important and can your...

Are you at risk of vitamin a deficiency?

May 12, 2017
Do you need more vitamin A? Did your parents often forced you to eat more carrots when you were young? There is a very good reason for that because...

Are you getting enough Vitamin D?

May 12, 2017
You are probably eating a well balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and working out, but you’ve might overlooked one important thing - getting enough...

genes, gene, genetics

The future role of AI in genetics

May 5, 2017
Co-Founder and CEO of AthGene Yusufa Sey talks about the future of the genetics industry and the role of artificial intelligence in it. 

nutrition, gluten intolerance

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

May 3, 2017
Did you notice that a lot more people are becoming gluten intolerant? First, let’s be clear about what gluten is. Gluten is the general name for two...

fitness, sprint gene

Learn the secrets behind Usain Bolt’s speed

April 5, 2017
In 2009 Usain Bolt set a world record, sprinting 100 metres in 9.58 seconds, with a 0.146 second reaction time and reaching a top speed of 44.16...

nutrition, carbohydrate sensitivity

8 signs that show you are carbohydrate-sensitive

March 29, 2017
How often does our brain tell us to eat healthy but we end up treating ourselves with sugary snacks? Oh, if only we could eat what we want and...


Do you need more iron in your diet?

March 24, 2017
First you need to ask yourself: Am I constantly feeling extremely exhausted and weak? Am I often dizzy and short of breath and can barely make it up...

fitness, connective tissue injury

How prone am I to ligament/tendon injury?

March 23, 2017
People sometimes confuse tendons with ligaments as they are both connective tissue made of collagen. However, the main difference is their...

lifestyle, plant based diets, nordic diet

What’s wrong with our rich western diets?

March 22, 2017
At first sight, nothing! We are so lucky to live in a time where we can eat anything we wish, but the abundance of food in the west is actually...

lifestyle, emotional eater

Am I an emotional eater?

March 21, 2017
There are people that don’t even think or worry about food, unless they’re hungry. Then there’s the rest of us. The food wonderers, dreaming about...

fitness, muscle injury

How prone are you to muscle injury?

March 17, 2017
Injury is a constant threat in the life of most athletes and some are more injury-prone than others. But is it simply a matter of bad luck?

vo2 max, fitness

Improve your VO2 max: Train hard & know your genetic potential

March 15, 2017
When reading about fitness and endurance sports, one of the first terms you stumble upon is “VO2 max”. The rule of thumb is: The higher your VO2 max,...

lifestyle, fitness, alcohol

Why alcohol affects your fitness efforts

March 15, 2017
It’s no secret that many CrossFitters are also party-goers. Work hard, play hard, right? By the end of a hardcore training week, who doesn’t want to...

lifestyle, alcohol

How well does your body break down alcohol?

March 15, 2017
Alcohol is an ingredient found in beer, wine and spirits that affects the entire body and brain. And while it is seen and used as a stimulant, if a...

fitness, sweat

Do you sweat more than other people?

March 15, 2017
Sweat or perspiration is mostly water composed by minerals, like sodium (a component of salt), and toxins like urea (also removed through urine). It...

vo2 max, fitness

Do you have a high VO2 Max?

March 15, 2017
VO2 Max is your aerobic capacity and it’s normally tested on a treadmill or on a bicycle. It’s a measure expressed in millilitres of oxygen per...

lifestyle, sweet tooth

Do I have a sweet tooth?

March 15, 2017
Having a sweet tooth is the reflection of your preference for sweet flavours. When it comes to sense of taste – everyone has one. You might like your...

nutrition, lactose intolerant

How to know if you are lactose intolerant

March 15, 2017
  Lactose is a sugar found in milk and dairy products. Most people have an enzyme (known as lactase) in the small intestine which breaks down the...

nutrition, irritable bowel syndrome

Am I predisposed to having Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

March 15, 2017
Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS describes a pattern of constant abdominal pain causing gastrointestinal symptoms like increased gas, diarrhea,...

coffee, nutrition

Do I have a high sensitivity to coffee?

March 15, 2017
Coffee is one of the most consumed psychoactive drinks in the world, being the second most sought commodity ahead of natural gas, gold, brent oil,...

fats, nutrition

Does my body need more good fats?

March 15, 2017
The first thing to know about fat is that it is an absolutely necessary part of our diet, as it is a source of energy and our body can’t manufacture...

lifestyle, caffeine

Time for a coffee break - but how much caffeine is too much?

March 6, 2017
With cafés around every corner and many of us needing a daily fix just to wake up, and act like a normal human being, you cannot help but wonder: Is...

fats, nutrition

Don't Fear Fats - At least not all of them

March 1, 2017
Fat. It’s one of the words that seems to only have negative connotations. When we talk to our friends about fatty food we normally mean unhealthy...

new years resolutions, fitness, health

5 Tips to get your New Year’s Resolutions Back on Track

February 27, 2017
Still following through with your new year’s resolutions? Still going to the gym to build up muscle? Still eating healthily? It’s only mid-February...

dna, genes, genetics

Response to Gizmodo article 'The Next Pseudoscience Health Craze is all about Genetics'

February 24, 2017
Gizmodo recently (15.02.2017) wrote an article entitled 'The Next Pseudoscience Health Craze is all about Genetics' (linked). Our VP of Science Dr....

An AthGene interview with the OCR World Champion

December 6, 2016
 Ida Mathilde Steensgaard – Obstacle Course Race (OCR) World Champion 2015 and New AthGene Ambassador - An Interview

genes, training

Trainability – The Body’s Response to Exercise

December 6, 2016
 The term trainability refers to the ability of an athlete to respond to physical exercise, and can be measured by tracking changes in things such as...

Are you at risk of vitamin d deficiency

November 11, 2016
THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN The nordics in winter are not really a sunny place. And levels of vitamin d, the "sunshine vitamin" which is produced by your...

10 Symptoms of Vitamin d deficiency

November 8, 2016
Vitamin d deficiency is a hot topic, especially in countries with significant reduced sun hours in the winter time like the nordics.  

dna, genes, crossfit, training

Crossfit and Gene Analysis – a great match?

October 28, 2016
Whether you are already a Crossfitter or simply considering the popular fitness regime you are probably aware that Crossfit is about broad, general...