Better Understanding of Colorectal Cancer-Associated SNP Could Guide Treatment

Much to the surprise of many scientists, a lot of the SNPs identified in genomewide association studies have not been in the parts of genes that encode the molecular machinery of a cell. Instead, many SNPs have been found on the edges of genes, in regions of DNA that control when the genes get turned on or ...

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Researchers Warn That Drug Development Based On Obesity Genetics Could Deliver More Than Is Bargained For

Not surprisingly, there has been intense interest in the genetics of obesity in recent years.  Obesity is a major health problem, resulting in tens of thousands of premature deaths and billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year in the United States, and it is known from twin and family studies that ...

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Curriculum Reform Needed For An Informed Public When It Comes To Genetics, Expert Says

It's not enough to teach genetics, says Michael Dougherty, director of education for the American Society for Human Genetics.  It has to be taught in the right way. "Current teaching practices may be producing a public that is unprepared to participate effectively as medical consumers in a world where ...

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Malaria Has Driven Evolution In Humans And Baboons Alike

Malaria, a strong evolutionary pressure in humans, has also shaped the baboon genome, new research says. Each year at least 350 million people around the world are infected by malaria parasites.  More than one million people, mainly young children, succumb to the disease.  But these numbers would be even ...

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Researchers Look For Common Themes In Bipolar Disorder Genetics

Genomewide association studies have had some success in finding DNA variants associated with increased risk for bipolar disorder.  But researchers from the MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics at Cardiff University in England have taken these studies a step further by looking for common ...

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It’s Your Data … Shouldn’t You Have Access To It?

Each one of us carries in our cells the vital genetic data, compliments of our parents, that code for many of our traits and attributes.  Whether it's our eye color, height or the ability to consume dairy products, the variations in our genes contribute to making us 'one of a kind'.  Unfortunately, these ...

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New Study Reveals Complex Origins of the Malagasy

Only 250 miles separates the island of Madagascar from the southeast coast of Africa.  The short distance between the two land masses traditionally led the outside world to assume that the native inhabitants of Madagascar - known as the Malagasy - originally came from the west, probably from the present day ...

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Researchers Look To The Future Of Obesity Genetics

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation May Help Immune System Put Up Just The Right Amount Of Fight

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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23andMe’s New and Improved Paternal Haplogroups

Science is dynamic and ever changing. As new research is published, theories get revised, and hypotheses retested. The field of genetic ancestry is no exception: The flurry of published research just in the last five years has been staggering, and we can now piece together the histories of many groups from ...

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