The Giggling Chimp: Researchers Draw Evolutionary Link Between Human and Ape Laughter

Great apes really do giggle when tickled, new research says - just like you and me. Researchers from the University of Hannover in Germany recorded the tickle-induced vocalizations from three human infants and 21 infant and juvenile orangutans, gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos and analyzed this acoustic ...

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Study Draws Genetic Link Between Gum, Cardiovascular Disease

It has been known for decades that having the gum disease periodontitis increases a person's risk for heart attack (free registration required), stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. Research suggests that the link is due to inflammation in the gums causing an immune reaction throughout the entire ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations That May Affect Testicular Cancer Risk 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 Immune System Marker May Increase Risk of Liver Injury From Common Antibiotic

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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New Research on FOXP2 Gene in Mice Reveals Insights to Origins of Language in Humans

It is estimated that there are up to 8,000 distinct languages spoken around the world today.  At birth, the human mind is capable of learning and understanding any of these languages; an impressive feat given how uniquely complex they are.  The fact that humans are able to understand and communicate with one ...

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Environment, Not Genes, Key To Increasing Disease Rates

Type 1 diabetes is on the rise in European children, says a new report. Researchers studied type 1 diabetes data collected between 1989 and 2003 at 20 centers in 17 European countries. Their results, published online yesterday in the Lancet, show that more children, especially younger children, are being ...

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Gloom but not Doom, Concludes Study in Malaria Area

Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the developing world, claiming nearly a million victims each year. The great majority of them are African children below the age of five. The illness is caused by a single-celled parasite called Plasmodium that is transmitted by mosquito bites to humans. In a ...

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New Study Uncovers Genetics Behind “Bearded Lady Syndrome”

Congenital general hypertrichosis (CGH) is one of the most unusual genetic conditions found in humans. Sometimes known as "bearded lady syndrome," it leads to excessive hair across the body and face at levels much higher than the normal range for humans.  The condition has been of interest for hundreds of ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation Linked to Autism Risk In Boys

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: Researchers Link Variations In Immune System Genes with Primary Biliary Cirrhosis

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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