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Evidence of same-sex mating in nature: the story of Cryptococcus neoformans
The study provides the first evidence of naturally occurring same-sex mating, and sheds light on the genetic and environmental factors that play important roles in the evolution of the current population structure of this pathogenic fungus. (2007-10-18)

Obesity genetics
New evidence that genetics plays a key role in obesity is published today in the International Journal of Bioinformatics Research and Applications. The findings relate to the genetics of modern Pima Indians who have an unusually high rate of obesity but could be extrapolated to all people. (2007-10-16)

Inconsistencies with Neanderthal genomic DNA sequences
Two recent papers describing the sequencing of Neanderthal nuclear DNA from fossil bone held promise for finally answering this question. However, the two studies came to very different conclusions regarding the ancestral role of Neanderthals. (2007-10-12)

A computer for your mouse!
A new international consortium aimed at linking together the world's databases of mouse genetics -- the field of research which saw the Nobel Prize for Medicine awarded to Mario R. Capecchi, Martin J. Evans and Oliver Smithies -- was launched this week. (2007-10-12)

Iowa State professor's genome research published in the latest issue of Science
An Iowa State University professor is part of team that is published in Science for sequencing and annotating the genome of the green algae chlamydomonas. (2007-10-11)

Simons Foundation awards Emory scientists $3M for autism gene research
The Simons Foundation has awarded scientists at Emory University School of Medicine a three-year grant of more than $3 million to uncover genes on the X chromosome that may contribute to the development of autism. Autism occurs four to nine times more frequently in males than in females, and genes on the X chromosome have long been suspected as being responsible for this male predilection. However, the ability to comprehensively examine the entire X chromosome for abnormalities has not been technically feasible until now. (2007-10-04)

NIH awards Einstein multimillion dollar grant to extend studies of exceptional longevity
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has been awarded a grant of more than $9.25 million from the National Institutes of Health to further the medical school's study of centenarians and the biology of aging. (2007-09-17)

Environmental stress probed in cardiovascular disease, diabetes
How environmental stress contributes to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes is under study at the Medical College of Georgia. (2007-09-05)

American College of Medical Genetics responds to new FDA labeling decision for warfarin
Available online, this 74-page report is the most thorough review of the scientific and clinical evidence surrounding the use of genetic testing to guide dosing of warfarin and was undertaken by a multidisciplinary group convened by the American College of Medical Genetics in 2006 of clinical pharmacologists, doctors of pharmacy, clinical geneticists, physicians with expertise in the use of warfarin, pharmacoeconomists and experts in evidence-based medicine. (2007-08-23)

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, DuPont join forces to boost crop yields, meet global demand
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and DuPont today announced they have entered into a multiyear research collaboration for crop genetics research on yield enhancement, and development of enabling technologies in corn, soybeans and other important agricultural crops. (2007-07-31)

Fruit fly gene from 'out of nowhere' is discovered
Scientists thought that most new genes were formed from existing genes, but Cornell researchers have discovered a gene in some fruit flies that appears to be unrelated to other genes in any known genome. (2007-07-23)

2007-2008 Genzyme/ACMGF Clinical Genetics Fellowship In Biochemical Genetics award winner announced
T. Andrew Burrow, M.D. of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center was honored as the 2007-2008 recipient of the Genzyme/ACMGF Clinical Genetics Fellowship in Biochemical Genetics at the ACMG 2007 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. (2007-07-17)

ACMG Foundation announces 2007-2008 Luminex/ACMGF award recipient
The American College of Medical Genetics Foundation recently awarded Stuart Schwartz, Ph.D., F.A.C.M.G., of the University of Chicago the 2007-2008 Luminex Molecular Diagnostics/ACMGF Award at the ACMG 2007 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting in Nashville, Tenn. The award includes a $100,000 grant to a member of the American College of Medical Genetics, and is aimed at the promotion of safe and effective genetic testing and services, including the development of research guidelines. (2007-07-16)

ACMG recognizes progress made in newborn screening
In support of the latest March of Dimes Newborn Screening Report Card, the American College of Medical Genetics urges every state to require complete testing of all newborns for a (2007-07-12)

Maynard Olson receives $500,000 Gruber Genetics Prize
Maynard Olson, professor of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington, will receive the 2007 Gruber Prize for Genetics. He created a way of breaking genomes into manageable pieces, applied it to the yeast genome, and made the human genome project a possibility. Now he is working to apply genome science to real biological problems -- starting with the bacterium that kills many people with cystic fibrosis. (2007-07-09)

Cloned pigs help scientists towards a breakthrough in Alzheimer's
The first pigs containing genes responsible for Alzheimer's disease will be born in Denmark in August. This event is a landmark achivement in the effort towards finding a cure for the disease. (2007-06-29)

Where did we come from, and how did we get to where we live today?
The rigorous genotyping and quality assurance strategies of the work done through the Genographic Project allow classification of mitochondrial lineages with unprecedented accuracy. (2007-06-28)

Cell Press announces new partnership with the American Society of Human Genetics
Cell Press has been chosen by the American Society of Human Genetics to publish its premier monthly journal from January 2008. The American Journal of Human Genetics is an exciting new venture for Cell Press as its first society-owned journal. (2007-06-11)

Virus widely used in gene therapy research yields important clues to genomic instability
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine say they have the ability to study the potential cause of genomic instability in sporadic cancers using a recombinant adeno-associated virus, a virus commonly used for gene therapy experiments. The results of their work are being presented at the 10th annual meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy, May 30 to June 3 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, Seattle. (2007-05-31)

Flexible genes allow ants to change destiny
The discovery of a flexible genetic coding in leaf-cutting ants sheds new light on how one of nature's ultimate self-organizing species breeds optimum numbers of each worker type to ensure the smooth running of the colony. (2007-05-24)

Media invited to attend 7th International Conference on Bipolar Disorder June 7-9
More than 1,000 researchers, clinicians and mental health advocates are expected to attend the Seventh International Conference on Bipolar Disorder, June 7-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. New research will be presented covering the classification of bipolar disorders; treatment of bipolar depression; advances in neurobiology and genetics; psychoeducation and psychotherapy; medical risk prevention and intervention; and international perspectives on bipolar disorder. Media are invited to attend. (2007-05-16)

2 UCSD physician-scientists named to Association of American Physicians
The Association of American Physicians has elected two physician-scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine faculty as new members: Patricia Finn, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Anthony Wynshaw-Boris, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Human Genetics and Genomics Chief, Division of Genetics, Department of Pediatrics. (2007-05-07)

Gene mutation linked to increased athletic performance in whippets
Whippets are bred for speed and have been clocked at speeds approaching 40 miles per hour. Scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute have now discovered a genetic mutation that helps to explain why some whippets run even faster than others. Published in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, their findings will make for a fascinating experiment in applied genetics. (2007-05-04)

Common genetic variation is linked to substantial risk for heart attack
A common genetic variation on chromosome 9p21 is linked to a substantial increase in risk for heart attack. Researchers found individuals with the variation have a 1.64-fold greater risk of suffering a heart attack (myocardial infarction) and a 2.02-fold greater risk of suffering a heart attack early in life than those without the variation. Approximately 21 percent of individuals of European descent carry two copies of the genetic variation (one from each parent). (2007-05-04)

Essential genes cluster clue to order in the genome
The identification of a cluster of essential genes on mouse chromosome 11 as well as similar clusters on the chromosomes of other organisms -- including humans -- buttresses the argument that there may be rules as to how genes are structured or laid out on chromosomes, said the Baylor College of Medicine senior author of a report that appears online today in the Public Library of Science Genetics, an open-access publication. (2007-05-03)

Press Week for science writers, reporters and editors
Each July, science and medical journalists from all over the world come to scenic Bar Harbor, Maine, during the prestigious Short Course in Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics, cosponsored by the Jackson Laboratory and the Johns Hopkins University. (2007-04-24)

Susceptibility to Crohn's disease -- an important new clue
Crohn's disease is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disorder of the intestinal tract that affects an estimated 0.15 percent of people in the developed world. In a genome-wide association study with more than 300,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms -- DNA sequence variations occurring when a single nucleotide in the genome differs between members of a species -- C├ęcile Libioulle et al. identified a new susceptibility locus for Crohn's disease. (2007-04-20)

Understanding personal genetic risk for familial breast cancer eases anxieties
Services that help women understand the way that their inherited genetic make-up influences their risk of getting breast cancer ease distress and decrease their levels of cancer worry. There is, however, insufficient evidence to make recommendations about the best way of delivering these services. (2007-04-17)

Simulated populations used to probe gene mapping
Statisticians and genetic epidemiologists from Rice University and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have used computer simulations to trace genetic changes over thousands of generations in a simulated population to find out whether the tools that statistical geneticists use to pinpoint disease genes are up to the task of identifying multiple genes that cause complex diseases like cancer. The study is published this week in PLoS Genetics. (2007-03-23)

Severe mental retardation gene mutation identified
Researchers have identified a novel gene mutation that causes X-linked mental retardation for which there was no previously known molecular diagnosis, according to an article to be published electronically on Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in the American Journal of Human Genetics. (2007-03-20)

Research and program highlights of the 2007 Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting, March 21-25, 2007
The American College of Medical Genetics will host the Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting from March 21-25, 2007. in Nashville along with the March of Dimes and Society of Inherited Metabolic Disorders. Phone interviews with leading scientists and doctors arranged by request. (2007-03-19)

Nature Genetics and the International Society of Nephrology come to Danvers on World Kidney Day
Nature Genetics and the International Society of Nephrology will this week be hosting a jointly organized ISN Forefronts meeting: Nephrogenetics: from development to physiology, March 8-11, 2007, Sheraton Ferncroft Resorts, Danvers, Mass. This timely meeting will be inaugurated on World Kidney Day and has attracted senior editors from publications such as the New England Journal of Medicine and Bio-IT World. (2007-03-05)

Music genes and musical geniuses
Music under the microscope: The relation between biology and genetics and human music, its peculiarities and reasons. These are the main themes of the International Workshop on the Biology and Genetics of Music, to be held in Bologna, May 20-22. The meeting is organized by the European Genetics Foundation and the Fondazione Pierfranco e Luisa Mariani, in collaboration with the Orchestra Mozart, the Municipality of Bologna and the University of Bologna. (2007-02-27)

GenePOPS -- Sequencing Human History: The Genetics and Commerce of Personal Ancestry
Reporters are invited to cover the next Genetics and Public Policy Center's Genetics Perspectives on Policy Seminar (GenePOPS), (2007-02-23)

The Biology and Fisheries of the Slipper Lobster
A compilation and synthesis of information on the slipper lobster. (2007-02-20)

Sequencing human history -- The genetics and commerce of personal ancestry
Reporters are invited to cover the next Genetics and Public Policy Center's Genetics Perspectives on Policy Seminar (GenePOPS), (2007-02-16)

Journal theme issue highlights advances in eye disease genetics
Research on the genetic basis of eye diseases is enabling rapid progress in the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, according to a series of articles on ophthalmic genetics in the February issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2007-02-12)

Rutgers College of Nursing dean authors a book on genetics and how it affects nursing and health
Felissa R. Lashley, dean and professor at the College of Nursing at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, has authored a book for nursing students, faculty and practicing nurses on genetics and how it affects nursing and health. (2007-01-24)

Scientists identify gene that may indicate predisposition to schizophrenia
In a study from the January issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, a research team lead by Xinzhi Zhao and Ruqi Tang (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) present evidence that genetic variation may indicate predisposition to schizophrenia. Specifically, their findings identify the chitinase 3-like 1 gene as a potential schizophrenia-susceptibility gene and suggest that the genes involved in biological response to adverse conditions are likely linked to schizophrenia. (2007-01-24)

48th annual Drosophila Research Conference, Philadelphia Marriott, March 7-11, 2007
Members of the press are invited to attend the 48th annual Drosophila Research Converence to be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Hotel from March 7-11, 2007. There will be over 1,300 attendees at the meeting with 1,000 platform and poster presentations. (2007-01-11)

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