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Genes News

New autism genetic link revealed

In a new study, researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

Genetic causes of schizophrenia are 'considerable'

The number of known genetic variants linked with schizophrenia has more than tripled, following a massive genome-wide association study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Elephants are the greatest 'sniffers' on the planet

African elephants have the largest number of olfactory receptor genes known in mammals, nearly twice as many as dogs have, and five times more than humans.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Is there a genetics of 'friendship'?

A new study suggests that people tend to choose friends who share their genes. The inference is that humans tend to associate with other people who are very similar to themselves. Not all biologists agree.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Is intelligence inheritable?

Atlanta - The inheritance of intelligence has proved to be a controversial subject over many decades, and one fused with the nature-nurture debate. To add to the mix, some researchers have said that chimpanzees inherit general intelligence from their parents.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Not such a bitter taste for Vampire bats

Wuhan - Vampire bats exist on a diet mainly made up of blood. Due to this, the flying mammals have largely lost the ability to taste bitter flavors, according to a new study.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Genetic diversity high in Mexico

Mexico - A new genomic survey of Mexicans has revealed a range of gene diversity throughout North America’s southernmost land. The Mexican people studied showed as much genetic distance between them as individuals from different continents.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

Companies in lawsuit over genetic tests

Tech company Myriad Genetics, a company behind tests for the cancer-associated mutations, is suing another competitor for patent infringement.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Mutation might reduce heart disease

New York - Genetic variants (mutations) that cripple a particular type of protein have been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

KITLG gene regulates hair color

Stamford - A science team have pinpointed a gene enhancer that contributes to blond locks in humans. To have brown hair is more common; whereas to have blond hair is a form of gene mutation.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Gene within a gene contributes to aggressive leukemia

A small gene that is embedded in a larger gene plays a role in promoting acute myeloid leukemia, according to a new study. The research also identified a drug that inhibits expression of the smaller gene.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Link between Down syndrome and leukemia found

A link between people with Down syndrome and people at a heightened risk of developing leukemia during childhood has been uncovered through a new study harnessing advanced medical testing.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Should the U.S. prohibit reproductive cloning? Special

Researchers have produced stem cell lines using somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) from cells, making human reproductive cloning more technically feasible. Is this a good idea?
Digital Journal Report by Tim Sandle - 12 comments

Gene clue opens paths to treat child brain cancer

Paris - Genetic mutations found in brain tumours in children have opened up intriguing avenues to tackle this lethal form of cancer, researchers said on Sunday.
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Removal of fat gene may slow down aging

A single gene appears to play a key role in coordinating the immune system and metabolism. Research suggests that deleting the gene in mice reduces body fat and extends lifespan.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Why some breast cancer treatments fail

Scientists have found why a type of breast cancer therapy that blocks estrogen synthesis to activate cancer-killing genes sometimes loses its effectiveness. This is because the cancer takes over patient's tumor and re-writes the DNA.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

The first comprehensive atlas of human gene expression

Tokyo - A large international consortium has released the first comprehensive map of gene activity across the human body. It is hoped the findings can help to combat genetic diseases.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Breast cancer gene linked to brain development

The breast cancer-associated gene BRCA1 appears to play a protective role in neural stem cells, a new mouse study has found.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 2 comments

New gene linked to heart attack risk

Detroit - A previously unrecognized gene variation that makes humans have healthier blood lipid levels and reduced risk of heart attacks has been found by researchers.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Microbes and genes can affect cancer

Research suggests that the genes of certain bacteria, when they interact with the cells inside a person’s stomach, can influence whether the person is likely to develop cancer or not.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

New clues to stopping breast cancer

A new study suggests that a protein has a significant effect on the risk that breast cancer will spread. The study also showed that lowering the protein’s level could reduce chances for the disease to extend beyond the initial tumor.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Tech company aims to find the secret of human aging

Craig Venter, the genomics pioneer is starting a new company that aims to tackle the mysteries of human aging. For the project, Venter has teamed up with stem cell pioneer Dr Robert Hariri and X Prize Foundation founder Dr Peter Diamandis.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

A week of progress toward HIV prevention

This has been a good week for HIV related developments: a gene-editing protocol shows promise, and a second baby who was started on antiretroviral drugs soon after birth appears to be virus-free a year later.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

U.K. could legalize three-parent IVF

Regulators in the U.K. are said to be close to approving a new mitochondrial replacement technique for creating embryos with less risk of developing certain heritable diseases.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

OCD in dogs linked to genes

Dogs can suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder just like some humans. In exploring this, scientists have identified a genetic basis for the behavior.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Another batch of GM monkeys born

More monkeys with edited genomes have been born in a research lab. Scientists hope that the genetic editing techniques can one day be used to eliminate genetic diseases in people.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Genetic link to type 2 diabetes traced

Seven new genetic regions associated with type 2 diabetes have been identified. This has come from the largest study to date of the genetic basis of the diabetes.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Pigeon color comes down to just three genes

Mutations in just three key genes that determine feather color in domestic rock pigeons. The research is significant because the same genes control pigmentation of human skin and can be responsible for melanoma and albinism.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment

Predicting seasonal flu by genetics

The differences in the seasonal flu strains relate to tiny mutations in the influenza virus genes. However, major pandemics are connected to major genetic shifts. By studying these differences, scientists hope to predict the seriousness of the flu season.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

Genetically altered monkeys born

Twin monkeys have been born, but not in the conventional sense. These are the first primates born whose genomes were edited using a novel CRISPR technology (a type of genome editing).
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 1 comment
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