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Healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk of dementia
Living a healthy lifestyle may help offset a person's genetic risk of dementia, according to new research. (2019-07-14)
Is healthy lifestyle associated with lower risk of dementia regardless of genetic risk?
This observational study looked at whether a healthy lifestyle was associated with a lower risk of dementia regardless of genetic risk. (2019-07-14)
New study discovers genetic changes linked to leukaemia in children with down's syndrome
Researchers at the University of Oxford, in collaboration with colleagues from Hannover Medical School and Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, have discovered the specific gene mutations that are required for the development of leukaemia in children with Down's syndrome. (2019-07-11)
Millet farmers adopted barley agriculture and permanently settled the Tibetan Plateau
The permanent human occupation on the Tibetan Plateau was facilitated by the introduction of cold-tolerant barley around 3600 years before present, however, how barley agriculture spread onto the Tibetan Plateau remains unknown. (2019-07-02)
Studying diverse populations can boost genetic discovery, curb health disparities
Studying diverse, multi-ethnic populations can increase genetic discoveries and reduce health disparities, according to one of the largest genetic studies of Hispanics and Latinos, African-Americans, Asians and other minorities. (2019-06-19)
Scientists demonstrate the advantages of diverse populations when compiling genetic data
Relying strictly on genetic data from those of European descent, rather than more diverse populations, can exacerbate existing disease and increase health care disparities, according to new research. (2019-06-19)
Mount Sinai study reveals new genetic link to heart disease
A collaboration involving the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the German Heart Center Munich, AstraZeneca, and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has demonstrated that more than 30 percent of heart disease risk stems from genetic factors, much more than was previously understood. (2019-06-18)
People using third-party apps to analyze personal genetic data
The burgeoning field of personal genetics appeals to people who want to learn more about themselves, their family and their propensity for diseases. (2019-06-13)
Brussels scientists developed an AI method to improve rare disease diagnosis
A team of Belgian researchers, led by the ULB-VUB's 'Interuniversity Institute of Bioinformatics' (or IB²) in Brussels, has developed an AI method to identify potential genetic causes of rare diseases, based on computer analysis. (2019-06-05)
DNA tests for patients move closer with genome analysis advance
Diseases caused by genetic changes could be detected more readily thanks to an advance in DNA analysis software developed by experts at the University of Edinburgh and the European Bioinformatics Institute at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. (2019-05-30)
Genomics of Isle Royale wolves reveal impacts of inbreeding
A new paper explores the genetic signatures of a pair of wolves isolated on Isle Royale, a remote national park in Lake Superior. (2019-05-29)
Surprisingly, inbred isle royale wolves dwindle because of fewer harmful genes
The tiny, isolated gray wolf population on Isle Royale has withered to near-extinction, but not because each animal carries a large number of harmful genes, according to a new genetic analysis. (2019-05-29)
A new genetic tool to modify and understand gene function
CNIC scientists have developed a new genetic tool that significantly facilitates the study of gene function in physiological conditions and disease. (2019-05-22)
Defects in cellular antennae can cause a common heart condition
Katelynn Toomer and colleagues have discovered that defects in tiny, hair-like cellular structures can lead to mitral valve prolapse (MVP), a common heart disorder that affects up to one in 40 people worldwide. (2019-05-22)
Using fruit flies to identify new treatment for a colorectal cancer patient
Erdem Bangi and colleagues demonstrate a new approach to developing personalized therapy for a patient with treatment-resistant colorectal cancer: using a fruit fly genetically modified with a patient's own cancer mutations to test candidate treatments. (2019-05-22)
River valleys helped shape current genetic landscape of Han Chinese
The Han Chinese are the world's largest ethnic group, making up 91.6% of modern-day China. (2019-05-21)
Fragmented turtles
Scientists looked at how fragmentation is affecting critically endangered Dahl's toad headed turtle (Mesoclemmys dahli) a forest-stream specialist found only in Colombia. (2019-05-09)
'Exotic' genes may improve cotton yield and quality
Improving cotton quality can have ramifications for $12B US cotton trade industry. (2019-05-01)
Mount Sinai researchers identify 20 novel gene associations with bipolar disorder
In the largest study of its kind, involving more than 50,000 subjects in 14 countries, researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and more than 200 collaborating institutions have identified 20 new genetic associations with one of the most prevalent and elusive mental illnesses of our time -- bipolar disorder. (2019-05-01)
Genes hold the key to birthweight
The largest genetic study of its kind has led to new insights into how the genes of mothers and babies influence birth weight. (2019-05-01)
A speedier pipeline to diagnosing genetic diseases in seriously ill infants
Building on previous research, scientists have made improvements to an artificial intelligence pipeline used to diagnose genetic diseases via blood samples obtained from gravely ill infants in a San Diego-based children's hospital. (2019-04-24)
Genome analysis shows the combined effect of many genes on cognitive traits
Individual differences in cognitive abilities in children and adolescents are partly reflected in variations in their DNA sequence, according to a study published in Molecular Psychiatry. (2019-04-10)
Genetic tagging may help conserve the world's wildlife
Tracking animals using DNA signatures are ideally suited to answer the pressing questions required to conserve the world's wildlife, providing benefits over invasive methods such as ear tags and collars, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists. (2019-03-26)
Expansion of transposable elements offers clue to genetic paradox
A research group led by Professor GUO Yalong from the Institute of Botany of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with SONG Ge, and Sureshkumar Balasubramanian from the School of Biological Sciences, Monash University, Australia, has revealed that transposable element insertions could potentially help species with limited genetic variation adapt to novel environments. (2019-03-17)
Could genetic breakthrough finally help take the sting out of mouth ulcers?
A large breakthrough has been made in the genetic understanding of mouth ulcers which could provide potential for a new drug to prevent or heal the painful lesions. (2019-03-05)
Biologists find the long and short of it when it comes to chromosomes
A team of biologists has uncovered a mechanism that determines faithful inheritance of short chromosomes during the reproductive process. (2019-02-27)
Hachimoji -- Expanding the genetic alphabet from four to eight
A new form of synthetic DNA expands the information density of the genetic code, that likely preserves its capability for supporting life, according to a new study. (2019-02-21)
Genetic tricks of rabbits resistant to fatal viral disease
Underlying genetic variation in the immune systems of rabbits allowed them to rapidly evolve genetic resistance to the myxoma virus, a deadly rabbit pathogen introduced into Europe and Australia during the 1950s, according to a new study. (2019-02-14)
Movement impairments in autism could be reversible
Researchers from Cardiff University have established a link between a genetic mutation and developmental movement impairments in autism. (2019-02-13)
Bee dispersal ability may influence conservation measures
The abilities of various bee species to disperse influences the pattern of their population's genetic structure, which, in turn, can constrain how they respond to environmental change, as reported by an international team of researchers. (2019-02-07)
A small fish provides insight into the genetic basis of evolution
Genetic analysis of sticklebacks shows that isolated populations in similar environments develop in comparable ways. (2019-01-30)
Discovery could advance blood pressure treatments
A team of Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers, working with the US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA), has discovered genetic associations with blood pressure that could guide future treatments for patients with hypertension. (2019-01-24)
Long-read DNA analysis can give rise to errors, experts warn
Advanced technologies that read long strings of DNA can produce flawed data that could affect genetic studies, research from the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute suggests. (2019-01-22)
Historical genomes reveal recent changes in genetic health of eastern gorillas
The critically endangered Grauer's gorilla has recently lost genetic diversity and has experienced an increase in harmful mutations. (2018-12-27)
Convincing evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction
Evidence that type 2 diabetes is a cause of erectile dysfunction has been found in a large-scale genomic analysis. (2018-12-20)
Get a warrant: researchers demand better DNA protections
New laws are required to control access to medical genetic data by law enforcement agencies, an analysis by University of Queensland researchers has found. (2018-12-18)
Biologists shed new light on an old question
For nearly 100 years biologists have argued about how exactly natural selection can possibly work. (2018-12-12)
Hair colour gene study sheds new light on roots of redheads' locks
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh have discovered eight additional genes linked to red hair, helping to solve a mystery of how redheads inherit their flaming locks. (2018-12-10)
A study connects the genetic background of autistic spectrum disorders with stem cell dysfunction
A recently completed study provides new information on functional changes in the brain connected with autistic spectrum disorders. (2018-12-03)
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)
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