SNPwatch: Genetic Variation That Reduces Immune Cell Activity May Lessen Severity of Lung Damage in Cystic Fibrosis Patients

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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History’s Mysteries: Finding Answers in our DNA

As we have shown time and again here at the Spittoon, our DNA can greatly illuminate the lives of our most ancient ancestors.  We've learned how the ancient Phoenicians left their genetic footprints scattered across the Mediterranean Sea, and seen the DNA signatures of the first farmers sprinkled everywhere ...

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Leaving No Stone Unturned: DNA Analysis Confirms Identities of Missing Romanovs

There are many mysteries surrounding the final days of the last Emperor of Russia, Tsar Nicholas, and his family.  The most perplexing of them all is the fate of one of the Tsar's daughters, the Grand Duchess Anastasia.  Even after Bolsheviks  murdered the family in the summer of 1918, rumors circulated ...

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Recommended Reading: The 10,000 Year Explosion

Almost since the 1871 publication of "The Descent of Man," in which Charles Darwin applied his theory of natural selection to the human species, biologists have argued over whether the dramatic series of evolutionary events that led to the emergence of Homo sapiens continues to this day. Some have argued ...

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New Study Shows That Genetic Information Can Improve Administration Of Commonly Used Blood Thinner

Each time a doctor writes a prescription for warfarin (Coumadin®), a blood thinner given to about two million people each year in the United States, it’s a guessing game.  There is no “right” dose of the drug.  Everyone is different and it can take weeks of adjustment to find a patient’s ideal amount of the ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation May Put Some Women With Migraines at Higher Risk For Cardiovascular Disease

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Variations May Keep Blood Pressure Down

SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may affect our bodies and health; but in most cases, more work is needed before this research can provide ...

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The Most Natural Human Diet: Just About Anything

Generally when you think about what separates humans from other species, features like upright walking, large brains and language come to mind. But diet has actually played an enormous role in human evolution. Today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a panel ...

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How A Person Smokes Might Affect Lung Cancer Risk

For many common diseases, environment is far more important than genetics in determining whether a person will be affected. One of the best examples of this is lung cancer. Nearly 90% of the cases of this disease can be attributed to smoking. Today at the American Association for the Advancement of  ...

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Researchers Announce Draft Version of Complete Neanderthal Genome

First came the Human Genome Project when, in the year 2000, an international team of scientists began mapping all 23 pairs of our chromosomes.  Then in 2005, the Chimpanzee Genome Project took off, attempting to do the same for the 24 chromosomes of our species' closest living relative.  With intimate ...

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