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Penn study uncovers genetic variation that predicted type and rate of physical decline in patients with Parkinson's disease
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and other institutions have uncovered a site of genetic variation that identified which patients with Parkinson's disease are more likely to have tremors versus difficulty with balance and walking. (2016-04-14)
Study discovers link between cancer and autism
A group of University of Iowa researchers has shown that although patients who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder have a higher burden of mutations in cancer-promoting oncogenes, they actually have lower rates of cancer. (2016-04-13)
Research finds that wisdom is a matter of both heart and mind
The fluctuations of your heartbeat may affect your wisdom, according to new research from the University of Waterloo. (2016-04-07)
Fossil discovery suggests size poor predictor of maturity in ancient reptiles
Asilisaurus grew similarly to living crocodilians in that individuals of both species display varied growth patterns. (2016-04-05)
Long-term response to selection predictable regardless of genetic architecture
In their latest publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Tiago Paixao, Postdoc, and Nick Barton, Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria, addressed the controversial role of gene interactions (or epistasis), where the effect of one gene is affected by the presence of other genes, in the response to selection for two extremely different scenarios of evolutionary mechanisms. (2016-04-05)
Cuckolded fathers rare in human populations
Despite the urban myth reinforced by many a daytime talk show, researchers writing in Trends in Ecology & Evolution on April 5 say the emerging evidence consistently indicates that very few fathers have unknowingly raised children who were not biologically their own. (2016-04-05)
Study suggests commercial bumble bee industry amplified a fungal pathogen of bees
Scientists hoping to explain widespread declines in wild bumble bee populations have conducted the first long-term genetic study of Nosema bombi, a key fungal pathogen of honey bees and bumble bees. (2016-04-04)
How is the quality of care in a commercial virtual visit?
Quality of care varied among commercial virtual visit companies where patients used websites to request consultations with physicians they have never met via videoconference, telephone or web chat, according to a new study published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-04-04)
A new approach to sequence and assemble primate genomes
An improved version of the gorilla genome assembly is offering new biological insights into its evolution, and to what makes humans different from this great ape primate. (2016-03-31)
A more accurate understanding of the gorilla genome
Using recent advances in genetic sequencing technology, researchers have significantly improved upon previous assemblies of the gorilla genome. (2016-03-31)
Inherited gene changes take years off life expectancy, study finds
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have identified DNA changes that can cut a person's lifespan by up to three years. (2016-03-31)
Genetic cause found for loss of beta cells during diabetes development
New research, just published in the prestigious international scientific journal Nature Genetics, has discovered that a common genetic defect in beta cells may underlie both known forms of diabetes. (2016-03-24)
Overlap between genetic factors associated with risk of schizophrenia & maternal age at 1st birth
The risk of schizophrenia in children associated with younger and older maternal age appears to be partly explained by the genetic association between schizophrenia and age at first birth, according to an article published online by JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-03-23)
For doctors behaving badly, which state's the best? U-M team finds wide variation
What happens when doctors misbehave? The answer depends a lot on which state they practice in, a new study shows. (2016-03-23)
Autism genes are in all of us, new research reveals
New light has been shed on the genetic relationship between autistic spectrum disorders and ASD-related traits in the wider population, by a team of international researchers including academics from the University of Bristol, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and Massachusetts General Hospital. (2016-03-21)
New study may lead to improved treatment of type 2 diabetes
Worldwide, 400 million people live with diabetes. Patients with diabetes mostly fall into one of two categories, type 1 diabetics, triggered by autoimmunity at a young age, and type 2 diabetics, caused by metabolic dysfunction of the liver. (2016-03-21)
Island foxes may need genetic rescue
The island fox has made a remarkable comeback from the brink of extinction, with three of six populations on their way to becoming the fastest mammal recovered under the Endangered Species Act. (2016-03-21)
Spelling mutations and evolutionary advantages
DNA codes carrying instructions for creating a protein can sometimes be 'spelt' differently, although they specify the exact same sequence information to create that protein. (2016-03-18)
A new recessive disease identified
Each gene variation has the potential to trigger specific defects. (2016-03-17)
Modern Melanesians have retained Denisovan DNA
Modern Melanesians harbor genetic components passed on from Denisovans, a new study suggests. (2016-03-17)
Surface-going cave crickets actually more isolated than cave-dwelling cousins
Although other studies on cave-dwelling creatures have found that animals that spend all of their lives in the dark of caves are more likely to be genetically isolated, a recent study on two groups of crickets found the opposite. (2016-03-16)
Genetic cause of neurological disease identified
Using the genetic information of two different families with three generations of disease, researchers have identified a new mutation responsible for a degenerative and ultimately fatal movement disorder. (2016-03-14)
Scientists using crowdfunding to sequence the genome of Joshua tree
Modern genetic tools could save an ancient icon of the Mojave. (2016-03-14)
Study finds kidney transplant donation rates vary widely across Europe
A new Europe-wide survey shows significant country-to-country differences in rates of kidney transplant donors. (2016-03-12)
Katherine M. Dempsey M.S. C.G.C., receives the 2016 Richard King Trainee Award
Katherine Dempsey, M.S. C.G.C. of the Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Hospital is the recipient of the 2016 Richard King Trainee Award. (2016-03-11)
ACMG Foundation announces recipient of 2016 Carolyn Mills Lovell Award
Gozde Akgumus, M.S., L.C.G.C. was honored as the recipient of the ACMG Foundation Carolyn Mills Lovell Award at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) 2016 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Tampa, Florida. (2016-03-11)
Jessica Tenney, M.D., wins 2016 ACMG Foundation/PerkinElmer Diagnostics travel award
Jessica Tenney, M.D., was honored as the 2016 recipient of the ACMG Foundation/PerkinElmer Diagnostics Travel Award at the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics 2016 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Tampa, Fla. (2016-03-11)
Bianca Russell, M.D., wins ACMG Foundation/David L. Rimoin Inspiring Excellence Award
The David L. Rimoin Inspiring Excellence Award was created in memory of the late Dr. (2016-03-10)
Competition favors the shy bird
Explorative great tits have fewer chances to survive in high population densities. (2016-03-10)
Arctic-nesting birds may struggle with climate change
Songbird nestlings in the Arctic struggle in cold, wet years, but the changes forecast by climate models may lead to even more challenging conditions, according to new research in The Auk: Ornithological Advances. (2016-03-09)
HIV patients in Africa with a specific genetic variant have much lower rate of TB
In the first known discovery of its kind, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine-led team has found that HIV patients in Africa with a certain genetic variant have a 63-percent lower chance of developing tuberculosis than HIV patients without the genetic variant. (2016-03-09)
Bats in Asia found to have resistance to white-nose syndrome fungus
As the deadly bat disease called white-nose syndrome continues to spread across North America, scientists are studying bats in China to understand how they are able to survive infections with the same fungus that has wiped out millions of North American bats. (2016-03-09)
Researcher asks what makes a species by looking closely at lizards
Richard Glor hopes to determine the genetic basis for species differences and why these species diverged in the first place. (2016-03-08)
Novel molecular processes controlling key genes in prostate cancer uncovered
Researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet and the University of Oulu in Finland have elucidated gene regulatory mechanisms that can explain how known genetic variants influence prostate cancer risk. (2016-03-07)
Genes influence sleep/wake timing of seizures in people with epilepsy
New research from the Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project shows that genetics plays a role in sleep/wake timing of seizures. (2016-03-07)
Rapid evolution in mouse genitalia tracked down to small collection of genes
Bacula -- the bones in the penises of many animals -- vary dramatically in shape and size from species to species. (2016-03-03)
The second Leena Peltonen Prize for Excellence in Human Genetics to Dr. Benjamin Neale
The recipient of the second Leena Peltonen prize for Excellence in Human Genetics is Dr. (2016-03-03)
UCLA study finds inflated charges, significant variation in Medicare payment patterns
UCLA researchers found inflated charges and significant variation in patterns of payments for surgical care by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2016-03-02)
Newly identified genetic errors may prevent heart attacks
A new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. (2016-03-02)
First gene for grey hair found
The first gene identified for greying hair has been discovered by an international UCL-led study, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental. (2016-03-01)
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