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Genetic processes that determine short-sightedness discovered by researchers
Three previously unknown genetic mechanisms have been discovered in causing myopia otherwise known as short or near-sightedness, finds a new study. (2020-03-31)
Removing belly fat before it sticks to you
University of Cincinnati researchers are producing in the lab a human protein tasked with removing triglycerides from the blood stream. (2020-03-19)
Genetic study offers comprehensive and diverse view of recent US population history
Researchers have assembled one of the most comprehensive studies of population genetics ever conducted in the United States, bringing together large-scale genetics data from more than 32,000 participants in the National Geographic Genographic Project. (2020-03-05)
Scientists find functioning amyloid in healthy brain
The generation of amyloids, a special form of fibrillar proteins, is believed to result in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases. (2020-03-02)
Unilateral terms of service change may put health-tech consumer welfare at risk
Given the intimate nature of the data handled by health technology companies, Jessica Roberts and Jim Hawkins argue, in this Policy Forum, for stronger consumer protections. (2020-02-13)
Genetic variants reduce risk of Alzheimer's disease
A DNA study of over 10,000 people by UCL scientists has identified a class of gene variants that appear to protect against Alzheimer's disease. (2020-02-04)
Hemp 'goes hot' due to genetics, not growing conditions
As the hemp industry grows, producers face the risk of cultivating a crop that can become unusable -- and illegal -- if it develops too much of the psychoactive chemical THC. (2020-01-30)
Schizophrenia genetics analyzed in South African Xhosa
Schizophrenia genetics was studied in the Xhosa population because Africa is the birthplace of all humans, yet ancestral African populations are rarely part of genetics research. (2020-01-30)
Genetics of schizophrenia in South African Xhosa informs understanding for all human populations
In the first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African Xhosa, researchers report that individuals with schizophrenia are more likely to carry rare damaging genetic mutations than those who are well. (2020-01-30)
New clues into the genetic origins of schizophrenia
The first genetic analysis of schizophrenia in an ancestral African population, the South African Xhosa, appears in the Jan. (2020-01-30)
ASHG survey finds Americans strongly support human genetics research and potential
Americans are excited and optimistic about genetics and its emerging health applications, per a new survey by ASHG and Research!America. (2020-01-29)
The use of fetal exome sequencing in prenatal diagnosis: A new ACMG Points to Consider
A new Points to Consider document from ACMG aims to assist referring physicians, laboratory geneticists, genetic counselors and other medical professionals in understanding the complexity and implications of exome sequencing in prenatal care. (2020-01-08)
Does evidence support BRCA1/2 & other genetic testing for patients with breast cancer?
Should germline genetic testing be offered to all patients with breast cancer? (2019-12-13)
New drugs more likely to be approved if backed up by genetics
A new drug candidate is more likely to be approved for use if it targets a gene known to be linked to the disease; a finding that can help pharmaceutical companies to focus their drug development efforts. (2019-12-12)
Breast cancer patients to be evaluated for genetic testing
The guidance from the ACMG differs from a consensus guideline issued in February by the American Society of Breast Surgeons, which recommended genetic testing for all newly diagnosed patients with breast cancer. (2019-12-12)
Intestinal stem cell genes may link dietary fat and colon cancer
Two genes that appear to help stem cells in the intestine burn dietary fat may play a role in colon cancer, according to a Rutgers study. (2019-11-25)
Mapping millet genetics
New DNA sequences will aid in the development of improved millet varieties (2019-10-23)
Researchers quantify Cas9-caused off-target mutagenesis in mice
Scientists are finding new ways to improve the use of the CRISPR enzyme Cas9 and reduce the chances of off-target mutations in laboratory mice, according to new results from a research collaboration. (2019-10-18)
Museums put ancient DNA to work for wildlife
Scientists who are trying to save species at the brink of extinction are finding help in an unexpected place. (2019-10-17)
Quantifying Hispanic and Latinx populations' interest in genetic research participation
Researchers are increasingly prioritizing the need for diversity in genetics and genomics research. (2019-10-16)
Fruit flies help in the development of personalized medicine
It is common knowledge that there is a connection between our genes and the risk of developing certain diseases. (2019-10-09)
Researchers fail to replicate influential neuroimaging genetics study
Neuroscientists have failed to replicate the findings of an influential study linking genetics to cognition. (2019-09-30)
Some high-cholesterol genes differ between countries
Some of the genes that predict the risk of high cholesterol don't apply to people from Uganda the same as they do in European populations, finds a new UCL-led study published in Nature Communications. (2019-09-24)
Early signs of adult diabetes are visible in children as young as 8 years old
Early signs of adulthood type 2 diabetes can be seen in children as young as 8 years old, decades before it is likely to be diagnosed, according to a new genetic study being presented at this year's European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) Annual Meeting in Barcelona, Spain (Sept. (2019-09-17)
ASHG asserts core genetic data privacy principles for all research and funding arenas
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) today affirmed the crucial role of genetic and genomic data sharing to advance medicine and health research, and asserted core principles about privacy protections that should apply to all human genetics and genomics research regardless of funding source. (2019-09-05)
Lifestyle, not genetics, explains most premature heart disease
Physical inactivity, smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol play a greater role than genetics in many young patients with heart disease, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (2019-09-02)
The making of 'Fancy Mouse'
For the past few hundred years, the colorful hair and unique patterns of the so-called 'Fancy Mouse' have made them the stars of pet shows in Japan and beyond. (2019-08-27)
Genetic diversity couldn't save Darwin's finches
Researchers at the University of Cincinnati found that Charles Darwin's famous finches defy what has long been considered a key to evolutionary success: genetic diversity. (2019-08-22)
Jogging and five other exercises ward off weight gain despite 'obesity genes'
For people who inherited genes that increase their chance of becoming obese, there is hope for keeping the weight off. (2019-08-01)
Largest ever study finds links in epilepsy genes
Researchers and patients from Austin Health and the University of Melbourne have been involved in the largest ever study looking at the genetic sequences of people with epilepsy. (2019-08-01)
Mouse genetics influences the microbiome more than environment
Genetics has a greater impact on the microbiome than maternal birth environment, at least in mice, according to a study published this week in Applied and Environmental Microbiology. (2019-07-26)
New Zealanders involved in global study showing genetic predisposition for anorexia
University of Otago, Christchurch researchers played a key role in new global research showing the causes of the eating disorder anorexia are likely metabolic as well as psychological. (2019-07-16)
Discovery linking microbes to methane emissions could make agriculture more sustainable
Common dairy cows share the same core group of genetically inherited gut microbes, which influence factors such as how much methane the animals release during digestion and how efficiently they produce milk, according to a new study. (2019-07-03)
Men ask most of the questions at scientific conferences; we can choose to change that
Even in a majority-women audience at an academic conference, men ask questions most of the time, researchers report on June 27, 2019 in The American Journal of Human Genetics. (2019-06-27)
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)
Reanalysis of clinical molecular data yields new genetic diagnoses
Reanalysis of clinical exome sequencing data can efficiently increase the molecular diagnostic rate of undiagnosed diseases. (2019-06-19)
Researchers link gene to cannabis abuse
New research from the national psychiatric project, iPSYCH, shows that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of cannabis abuse. (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)
How the cell protects itself
The cell contains transcripts of the genetic material, which migrate from the cell nucleus to another part of the cell. (2019-06-12)
How artificial intelligence detects rare diseases
Every year, around half a million children worldwide are born with a rare hereditary disease. (2019-06-06)
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