Category Archives: Genetics

Are You Genetically Antisocial?

Newswise — Both positive and negative experiences influence how genetic variants affect the brain and thereby behaviour, according to a new study. “Evidence is accumulating to show that the effects of variants of many genes that are common in the … Continue reading

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How fast you age depends on your parents

In the hunt for better knowledge on the aging process, researchers from Lund University have now enlisted the help of small birds. A new study investigates various factors which affect whether chicks are born with long or short chromosome ends, … Continue reading

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Genetics show Viking women colonized new lands, too

Vikings may have been family men who traveled with their wives to new lands, according to a new study of ancient Viking DNA. Maternal DNA from ancient Norsemen closely matches that of modern-day people in the North Atlantic isles, particularly … Continue reading

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For 1 in 5 type 2 diabetics, exercise offers little benefit; the culprit: genetics

Newswise — Washington, DC—As many as one in five people with Type 2 diabetes do not see any improvement in blood sugar management when they engage in a supervised exercise regimen, according to a new scientific review published in the … Continue reading

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Genetic testing for personalized nutrition leads to better outcomes

Researchers from the University of Toronto (U of T) report that personalized dietary advice based on a person’s genetic makeup improves eating habits compared to current “one-size-fits-all” dietary recommendations. The findings were published online today in the journal PLoS One. … Continue reading

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Moderate drinking is healthy. But only for the 15% of people with the right gene.

The study included 618 Swedes with coronary heart disease and a control group of 3,000 healthy subjects. The subjects were assigned to various categories based on the amount of alcohol they consumed (ethanol intake). Meanwhile, they were tested in order … Continue reading

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For inherited cancer risk, a new online registry

Newswise — NEW YORK, NY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 — A newly formed consortium including experts from academic medical centers and commercial genetics laboratories across the country has established the Prospective Registry Of Multi-Plex Testing (PROMPT), an online registry for individuals … Continue reading

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Modern Europeans Descended from Three Groups of Ancestors

Newswise — New studies of ancient DNA are shifting scientists’ ideas of how groups of people migrated across the globe and interacted with one another thousands of years ago. By comparing nine ancient genomes to those of modern humans, Howard … Continue reading

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6X prostate cancer risk can be determined via genetic testing

Scientists can now explain one-third of the inherited risk of prostate cancer, after a major international study identified 23 new genetic variants associated with increased risk of the disease Scientists can now explain a third of the inherited risk of … Continue reading

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Fragile X syndrome cause is narrowed to a single nucleotide

Newswise — Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotide—the basic building block of DNA—could initiate fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability. The study appears in The Journal of Cell Biology. Fragile X syndrome … Continue reading

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Linked: Genetics, lifestyle, inflammation, cancer

In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream. The results of the … Continue reading

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The creation of babies using sperm and eggs from three people has moved a step closer in the UK

A public review into the three person IVF technique has been broadly supportive, says the Department of Health. But a number of technical and scientific details need to be finalised before the plans go before Parliament. The move would be … Continue reading

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Genetics of regular exercise and sedentary behaviors

Twin Res Hum Genet. 2014 Aug;17(4):262-71. doi: 10.1017/thg.2014.42. Genetics of regular exercise and sedentary behaviors. de Geus EJ1, Bartels M1, Kaprio J2, Lightfoot JT3, Thomis M4. Author information 1Department of Biological Psychology,VU University,Amsterdam,The Netherlands. 2University of Helsinki,Hjelt Institute,Department of Public … Continue reading

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