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Who has access to your DNA data?

San Fransisco - Since 1983, for each baby born in the state of California, a sample of DNA has been taken by the government. Finding out where this biological sample is stored and who can have access to it is proving challenging.

Generation game – how obesity could be passed on

Is obesity inherited? The potential for grandchildren to become obese based on the physiology of their grandparents may exist, at least based on research conducted on mice.

Genetic link to some cancers revealed

It has long been suspected that some types of cancer are inherited, in contrast to being related to environmental factors. A new study has pinpointed inherited elements across 12 different cancer types.

First baby born clear of genetic illnesses after IVF – doing well

The first child in Europe to undergo treatment to eradicate inherited diseases in London is doing well. Results show that the child is healthy and free of a crippling family disorder, which his parents feared he would inherit.

Schizophrenia's genetic basis challenged

London - Recently the Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia Consortium presented genetic evidence to suggest schizophrenia is not one but “a group of heritable disorders.” This has been challenged by other scientists.

New insight into inherited muscle diseases

Scientists have reported on findings that appear to determine what goes wrong during the formation and maintenance of muscle tissue and which leads to various inherited muscle diseases.

Can fear be inherited?

Mice appear to pass certain fears onto their offspring, according to a new research study. Trials so far on mice suggest that certain smells associated with frightening events can be passed on to successive generations.

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