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Genetic Testing and Nondiscrimination workshop
We are pleased to host the Genetic Testing and Nondiscrimination workshop, which is organized by Genetic Alliance and IRB-BGI to be held on May 21-23, 2015, in Shenzhen, China. (2014-12-22)

Genome studies can help identify lifestyle risks for diseases
A type of study commonly used to pinpoint genetic variants associated with diseases can also be used to identify the lifestyle predictors that increase the risk of a disease -- something that is often overlooked in genetic studies (2016-02-12)

Can good sleep patterns offset genetic susceptibility to heart disease and stroke?
A pioneering new study led by Dr. Lu Qi, director of the Tulane University Obesity Research Center, found that even if people had a high genetic risk of heart disease or stroke, healthy sleep patterns could help offset that risk. The study is published in the European Heart Journal. (2019-12-18)

Genes are of little importance in rheumatoid arthritis
Researchers in Denmark surveyed over 37,000 twins about rheumatic diseases. Twin studies are one of the simplest ways to unravel the relative importance of genetic and environmental effects of a disease. Twins who reported that they had rheumatoid arthritis were invited to have a clinical examination. (2002-01-31)

Genetic testing?
Sudden cardiac death is a major contributor to mortality in industrialized nations, affecting ~500,000 individuals annually in the Western world, and causing more deaths than AIDS, lung and breast cancer and stroke together. (2008-08-31)

Men and women are different in terms of genetic predispositions
A study led by Emmanouil Dermitzakis, Louis-Jeantet Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva reveals that the genetic predisposition to develop certain diseases may differ from one individual to another depending on their sex. Together with his collaborators, the professor has shown that genetic variants have a different impact on the level of gene expression between men and women. (2012-09-20)

Same gene protects from 1 disease, opens door to another
Botanists at Oregon State University have discovered that a single plant gene can cause resistance to one disease at the same time it produces susceptibility to a different disease -- the first time this unusual phenomenon has ever been observed in plants. (2007-08-27)

An advanced genetic diagnostic method for multiple myeloma
A researcher at the University of Navarra, Borja Sáez Ochoa, has proposed a new genetic diagnostic method for multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer, which permits the detection of this disease in earlier stages. (2006-09-11)

'Jack Spratt' diabetes gene identified
It has long been hypothesized that Type 2 diabetes in lean people is more (2012-06-01)

'Jack Spratt' diabetes gene identified
Type 2 diabetes is popularly associated with obesity and a sedentary lifestyle. However, just as there are obese people without type 2 diabetes, there are lean people with the disease. (2012-06-15)

Insurance Industry Discriminates Unfairly On Basis Of Genetic Information
People from families with known genetic disorders are not being treated consistently by insurers, says a paper published in this week's BMJ, and written by Lawrence Low and colleagues at the Wellcome Trust. (1998-12-11)

Research proves no 2 of us are alike, even identical twins
Just like snowflakes, no two people are alike, even if they're identical twins according to new genetic research from the University of Western Ontario. Molecular geneticist Shiva Singh has been working with psychiatrist Dr. Richard O'Reilly to determine the genetic sequencing of schizophrenia using identical or monozygotic twins. The study is published in this month's PLoS ONE. (2011-03-28)

Genetic screening could reveal hidden high risk for coronary heart disease
Researchers of the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland, University of Helsinki, and Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare have shown that genetic marker information can improve risk evaluation of coronary heart disease. (2013-05-20)

Largest ever genetic study of blood pressure
The largest ever genetic analysis of over one million people has identified 535 new genes associated with high blood pressure. Scientists examined around 7 million common genetic variants for an association with systolic and diastolic blood pressure as well as pulse pressure. There is also a genetic overlap between hypertension and lifestyle exposures, with many blood pressure genes also associated with, for example, an individual's intake of fruit, water, tea, caffeine, alcohol and salt. (2018-10-08)

Genetic diversity predicts susceptibility to a deadly emerging disease
Like nearly a third of all amphibians, the Italian agile frog is a declining species facing potential extinction. Does reduced genetic diversity over a large portion of a species' range imply similarly widespread disease risk? In the April issue of Ecology Letters, Pearman and Garner report an experimental test of this prediction. (2005-04-07)

Not all women in breast cancer families share high risk
Mothers, sisters and daughters from breast cancer families with known genetic mutations do not all share the same high risk of developing the disease, according to a new international study involving the University of Melbourne, Australia. (2011-10-31)

Discovery may help to explain mystery of 'missing' genetic risk
A new study could help to answer an important riddle in our understanding of genetics: why research to look for the genetic causes of common diseases has failed to explain more than a fraction of the heritable risk of developing them. (2014-02-13)

Researchers find 5 risk biomarkers for Crohn's disease in Jews of Eastern European descent
In the largest study of its kind, researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered five new genetic mutations associated with Crohn's disease in Jews of Eastern European descent, also known as Ashkenazi Jews. The findings, which appear in the March 8 online edition of PLoS Genetics, are the first step in an attempt to explain why the prevalence of Crohn's disease is nearly four times higher in Ashkenazi Jews than in other populations. (2012-03-08)

Putting autoimmune disease genetic links to the test
investigators at BWH and their colleagues took approximately 270 genetic loci associated with seven diseases and tried to map them back to causal genes using eQTLs in key immune cells. (2017-03-15)

Genetic study uncovers mutation associated with fibromuscular dysplasia
Researchers report first clinically actionable findings for a rare blood vessel disease in a study of four unrelated families, all with the same genetic variant. (2020-09-24)

Twins provide clue that genetic epilepsy can originate in the embryo
An Australian study of identical twins shows that a rare genetic form of epilepsy can be caused by a genetic mutation that occurs in the embryo, and not necessarily passed down from parents. (2010-09-30)

Folic acid could prevent heart disease
Folic acid could dramatically reduce the risk of heart disease, deep vein thrombosis, and stroke if levels of homocysteine (an amino acid) were reduced, according to researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-11-21)

Story ideas from the Journal of Lipid Research
Animal models have been invaluable in understanding how gene mutations physically affect a complex organism. However, as vividly illustrated in a new research study examining mice with a metabolic disease, the same mutation in the same species can produce wildly variable results. (2008-03-06)

Individuals with family history of genetic disease at risk of discrimination
People with a family history of genetic disease are often discriminated against by insurance companies and their relatives and friends, according to research published on today. (2009-06-09)

Researchers identify gene variant that protects against Alzheimer's disease
Research published today in Genome Medicine details a novel and promising approach in the effort to treat Alzheimer's disease. Professors Perry Ridge and John Kauwe have discovered a rare genetic variant that provides a protective effect for high-risk individuals -- elderly people who carry known genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's-- who never acquired the disease. (2017-11-30)

Increased odds of rheumatoid arthritis in women smokers without genetic risk factor
Smoking increases the chance of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women who otherwise lack genetic risk factors for the disease, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the patient's immune system attacks the joint linings. It is the most serious and debilitating form of arthritis. (2006-08-02)

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. The academics from biology, policy and law say a Genetic Data Protection Act is needed to maintain public trust in medical genetics. (2018-12-18)

Potential for a more personalized approach to womb cancer
Manchester doctors have helped show that high-risk womb cancer patients can be genetically profiled to allow them to receive more appropriate treatment. (2015-05-07)

Vanderbilt study explores genetics behind Alzheimer's resiliency
Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer's disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime. (2014-05-02)

Regular tipple may curb risk of rheumatoid arthritis
Alcohol cuts the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis by up to 50 percent, reveals research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. (2008-06-04)

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)

Why results from genetic tests should be available to medical insurance companies
Authors of a Viewpoint article in this week's issue of THE LANCET discuss the ethical considerations surrounding genetic test results and disclosure to medical insurance companies-the authors outline their reasons for supporting the disclosure of such test results to make health insurance more equitable. (2004-01-29)

African ancestry contributes to kidney disease risk in Hispanics/Latinos
African ancestry contributes to the risk of chronic kidney disease among some Hispanic/Latino adults, according to a study co-authored by Loyola University Chicago researchers. (2016-10-05)

$2.1 million grant awarded for genetic study of schizophrenia to US and Hebrew University researchers
The US National Institutes of Health has awarded a $2.1 million (2009-10-21)

Study identifies 2 new genes responsible for Alzheimer's disease among African-Americans
Researchers have identified two new genetic risk factors for Alzheimer's disease (AD) among African Americans. The findings, which appear online in the journal Alzheimer's and Dementia, may lead to the development of new therapies specifically targeting those genes. (2016-10-25)

Genetic causes found in nearly 1 in 5 patients with dilated cardiomyopathy heart failure
Researchers have identified genetic causes in nearly one in five patients who suffer a type of heart failure called dilated cardiomyopathy. (2012-03-27)

Genetic study clarifies the causes of the most severe heart muscle diseases of children
The researchers at the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital have collected a globally unique KidCMP cohort of children with severe cardiomyopathies from the past 21 years, and characterized them genetically. The researchers discovered that the genetic knowledge had direct implications for predicting the disease course and treatment decisions. (2018-11-07)

Scientists develop assay for heart disease risk
With the number of genes implicated in heart disease steadily increasing, scientists hoping to understand the genetic basis of the illness must find a way to manage this growing menagerie. In the October issue of Genome Research, Suzanne Cheng and colleagues report a new assay to help scientists investigate composite genetic risk for heart disease. (1999-10-18)

New technique images gene expression in mice
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have demonstrated a nuclear medicine technique that provides a picture of genetic expression in mice. The technique may prove useful in testing novel gene delivery methods. (2004-06-21)

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)

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