Study Sniffs Out Genes Behind Doggy ‘Dos

New genetic research may explain why Fluffy is so fluffy. A study led by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute scanned 1,000 dogs from 80 breeds, looking for genes associated with different hair types: curly, wavy, straight, wiry, long and any combination of these. Their results, ...

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More Evidence that Genetics Can Reduce the Efficacy of Anti-Clotting Medication Clopidogrel

A new report in the Journal of the American Medical Association adds to the mounting evidence that genetic variations impact the efficacy of clopidogrel (Plavix®), a drug used to prevent blood clots in people who have had a heart attack or stroke and also those with peripheral artery disease and unstable ...

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Very Personalized Medicine: Sequencing of Second Cancer Patient Reveals Potentially Significant Mutations

A new genetic screening process has helped researchers understand the genetic causes of cancer, such as how mutations accumulated in a person's life can cause leukemia. The study shows that by comparing a person's own DNA to that of their cancerous cells, researchers can find DNA mutations that may have ...

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On Finding Needles in Genetic Haystacks

Nearly a year ago today, the Spittoon reported that researchers had figured out how to pick a known person's DNA out of a database containing genetic information for up to 200 unidentified individuals. The feat made it possible to determine, for example, if a particular suspect's DNA was present in a mix of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Associated With Risk Of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Identified

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: Genetic Variation in X Chromosome May Slow Progression of AIDS

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: Genetic Variation Predicts Hepatitis C Treatment Success

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: Genetic Variation In Morphine Receptor May Play A Part In Coping With Social Rejection

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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Whence Rover? Genetic Study Suggests Africa May Have Whelped Man’s Best Friend

The Rexes and Spots of the world have been man's best friend for 15,000 years. But when and where did humans begin domesticating these furry companions? Previous theories suggested that the domesticated dog originated in East Asia and then spread to Africa, Oceania and the Americas. But a recent study by ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Find Link Between Red Hair and Avoiding The Dentist

Redheads might have a better excuse than the rest of us for avoiding the dentist. For several years now scientists have known that the same genetic variations that give redheads their fiery manes can increase the amount of general or local anesthetic a person needs in order to be properly put out or numbed ...

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