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Protein involved in nematode stress response identified
When humans experience stress, their inner turmoil may not be apparent to an outside observer. (2018-12-13)
Discovery of the first common genetic risk factors for ADHD
A global team of researchers has found the first common genetic risk factors associated with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a complex condition affecting around one in 20 children. (2018-11-27)
First genetic map of the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
An international study, focused on the analysis of the genome of more than 50,000 people worldwide, has identified twelve specific fragments of DNA related to the vulnerability of the attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). (2018-11-26)
Family tree of 400 million people shows genetics has limited influence on longevity
Although long life tends to run in families, genetics has far less influence on life span than previously thought, according to a new analysis of more than 400 million people. (2018-11-06)
University choice and achievement partly down to DNA
Research from King's College London has shown for the first time that genetics plays a significant role in whether young adults choose to go to university, which university they choose to attend and how well they do. (2018-10-18)
Yale-led team finds missing-in-action MS genes
An international collaboration led by scientists at Yale has cracked a tough nut in multiple sclerosis: where are all the genes? (2018-10-18)
Environmental associations with genes may yield opportunities for precision medicine
A new approach to genetic analysis finds associations between environmental factors and pharmacogenes -- genes associated with a person's response to drugs -- sparking ideas for new research at the interface of population genetics and medicine. (2018-10-18)
Largest autism sequencing study to date yields 102 genes associated with ASD
In the largest genetic sequencing study of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to date, researchers have identified 102 genes associated with ASD, and report significant progress toward teasing apart the genes associated with ASD from those associated with intellectual disability and developmental delay, conditions between which there is often overlap. (2018-10-16)
Scientists ID more than 1,200 genes linked to educational attainment
An international research team including CU Boulder scientists has identified more than 1,200 genetic variants associated with how much schooling an individual completes. (2018-07-23)
Analytical tool predicts genes that can cause disease by producing altered proteins
A new computational tool predicts genes that can cause disease due to the production of truncated or altered proteins that take on a new or different function, rather than those that lose their function. (2018-07-19)
Mutations in gene TRAF7 are associated with a multisystem disorder
Four mutations of gene TRAF7 have been associated with a multisystem disorder. (2018-06-28)
About face: Special collection of papers celebrates research on how the human face forms
Our faces can reveal a lot about us, and now scientists are revealing a lot about faces. (2018-06-22)
New study points to a potential 'Achilles heel' in brain cancer
Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University believe they have uncovered an 'Achilles heel' of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), the most common and deadly form of brain cancer. (2018-06-04)
The making of a human population uncovered through ancient Icelandic genomes
In a study published today, scientists at deCODE Genetics report new findings about the founding of the Icelandic population, and its subsequent evolution, based on ancient DNA. (2018-05-31)
Sugars in infant formulas pose risk to babies with inherited metabolic disorder
Babies with inherited intolerance of fructose face a risk of acute liver failure if they are fed certain widely available formulas containing fructose, pediatricians and geneticists are warning. (2018-05-17)
Scientists discover a variation of the genome predisposing to Alzheimer's disease
An article published in Nature Medicine shows that the inheritance of small changes in DNA alters the expression of the PM20D1 gene and is associated with an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. (2018-05-14)
Making next-generation preconception screening a reality for parents
For those planning to become parents, advances in sequencing technologies could make preconception carrier screening more useful by looking at a much broader set of genes. (2018-05-10)
Flockmate or loner? Identifying the genes behind sociality in chickens
Five genes that affect sociality-related behavior in chickens have been identified by researchers at Linköping University in Sweden. (2018-05-03)
Unprecedented study identifies 44 genetic risk factors for major depression
A global research project has mapped out the genetic basis of major depression, identifying 44 genetic variants which are risk factors for depression, 30 of which are newly discovered. (2018-04-26)
Leading genetics study method may need reconsideration, significant distortions discovered
Many conclusions drawn from a common approach to the study of human genetics could be distorted because of a previously overlooked phenomenon, according to researchers at the Department of Genetics and Genomics Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and collaborators from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute. (2018-04-24)
Don't forget the 'epi' in genetics research, Johns Hopkins scientist says
In a review article published April 5 in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientist Andrew Feinberg, M.D., calls for more integration between two fields of DNA-based research: genetics and epigenetics. (2018-04-05)
Making headway in infant leukemia research
Around 600 children under the age of 15 are diagnosed with leukemia each year in Germany. (2018-04-04)
Home genetic tests should be interpreted by experts
Results from at-home genetic tests are not always accurate. A new study in the journal Genetics in Medicine, published by Springer Nature, now shows that up to 40 percent of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests provide incorrect readings in the raw data. (2018-03-22)
Genes play a role in empathy
A new study led by scientists from the University of Cambridge, the Institut Pasteur, Paris Diderot University, the CNRS and the genetics company 23andMe suggests that our empathy is not just a result of our education and experience but is also partly influenced by genetic variations. (2018-03-11)
'Filter' hones GWAS results to help researchers avoid dead ends
A genetics research team at Johns Hopkins Medicine has solved a dilemma facing researchers who use genomewide association studies (GWAS) by developing a new approach that strategically 'filters' which genes are worth further study. (2018-03-05)
Study finds racial differences in cure rates for Hepatitis C
In a large ethnically diverse group of patients seen at a community-based Veterans Affairs practice, cure rates for chronic hepatitis C were lower for African American individuals relative to White individuals, even when patients were receiving optimal therapies. (2018-02-22)
Toenail fungus gives up sex to infect human hosts
The fungus that causes athlete's foot and other skin and toenail infections may have lost its ability to sexually reproduce as it adapted to grow on human hosts. (2018-02-22)
Sweet, bitter, fat: Genetics play a role in kids' snacking patterns, study finds
The types of snacks a child chooses could be linked to genetics, a University of Guelph study found. (2018-02-22)
Active genetics technology opens new horizons
Employing CRISPR/Cas9 advancements, UC San Diego researchers are using new active genetics technology to reveal new fundamental mechanisms that control gene activity. (2018-02-06)
House dust mites evolved a new way to protect their genome
House dust mites are common pests with an unusual evolutionary history. (2018-02-01)
Ancient Eurasian DNA sequencing is revealing links with modern humans
Until recently, very little was known about the genetic relationship between modern humans of the Upper Paleolithic age (the period of time between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago, also called the Late Stone age) and today's populations. (2018-01-25)
Researchers find link between breast cancer and two gene mutations
Individuals with Lynch syndrome, a genetic condition that has long been known to carry dramatically increased risk of colorectal cancer and uterine cancer, now also have an increased risk of breast cancer. (2018-01-19)
Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief
In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than conflicts with belief systems, say scientists at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. (2018-01-11)
Severe obesity linked to newly identified gene mutations
Researchers have discovered mutations in a gene related to obesity, offering new treatment possibilities in the fight against the global epidemic. (2018-01-08)
Breakthrough study reveals new insight into 'immortal' plant cells
A new study has revealed an undiscovered reprogramming mechanism that allows plants to maintain fitness down the generations. (2017-12-18)
McMaster researchers find genes may 'snowball' obesity
The researchers looked at 37 genes that are well established as modulating the body mass in 75,230 adults with European ancestry and found the nine with the snowball effect. (2017-12-07)
Diet success may depend on your DNA
We can add one more thing to the list of traits affected by genetics: how our bodies respond to a particular diet. (2017-11-30)
Defects in cell's 'waste disposal system' linked to Parkinson's
Research points at a group of lysosomal storage disorder genes as potential major contributors to the onset and progression of Parkinson's disease. (2017-11-14)
How to control traffic on cellular highways
Inside cells, protein 'motors' act like trucks on tiny cellular highways to deliver life-sustaining cargoes. (2017-11-09)
Vitamin E discovery in maize could lead to more nutritious crop
New research has identified genes that control vitamin E content in maize grain, a finding that could lead to improving the nutritional profile of this staple crop. (2017-11-01)
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