It’s Not Genes or Environment, It’s Genes AND Environment

A good diet and plenty of exercise are important for maintaining a healthy weight, but they’re not the whole story. Studies have shown that there’s a substantial genetic component to body mass index. Research published today in Archives of Internal Medicine demonstrates, however, that in people with a ...

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More than Just a Parable: The Genetic History of the Samaritans

Upon hearing the name "Samaritans," many people are immediately reminded of the famous passage from the Gospel of Luke (10: 25-37), the so called ‘Good Samaritan’ parable. Jesus tells of a Levite (a Jew) who is beaten and left on the side of the road. None who pass by the injured man stop to help, save a ...

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Recommended Reading: Mapping Human History

For more than a century anthropologists have studied the multitude of cultures and ethnicities that exist across the globe, delving deep into the various ways that populations develop their own unique identities. With the development of genetic anthropology over the last 15 years, scientists have begun to ...

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A Different Kind of Gene Mapping: Comparing Genetic and Geographic Structure in Europe: The Return!

By Chris Gignoux and Brenna Henn Early human history was characterized by many rapid, long-distance migrations. But despite our beginnings as travelers, genetic evidence published online last Sunday in Nature indicates that after expanding to all corners of the earth people (at least those in Europe) ...

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Study Finds Genetic Information Has Done Little to Increase Tolerance of Mental Illness

Biomedical research conducted in the last decade has impressed upon society that mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, alcohol dependence and major depression can have genetic bases. Unfortunately, the public’s scientific knowledge has not necessarily translated into social acceptance. “The landscape ...

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Everywhere You Look, There’s DNA!

A few of our favorite tributes to the stuff of life: [minislides] For more, check out The DNA mania Pool! Credits: 1) flickr/maria_keays 2) flickr/yananine 3) flickr/snickclunk 4) flickr/mikewade 5) flickr/mikewade 6) flickr/L. Marie 7) flickr/jpctalbot 8) flickr/mknowles 9) flickr/Thejas ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Find First SNPs Linked To Common Type of Leukemia

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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Labs Remove Genetic Data from Public Databases After Forensic Breakthrough

Yesterday we reported on a new statistical method that can establish the presence of a single individual's genetic signature in a sample containing DNA from hundreds of different people. The method has enormous potential in forensics, because DNA samples from crime scenes and mass disasters often contain ...

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Faces in a Crowd: New DNA Technique Can Pick One Person’s DNA Signature Out of Hundreds

The opening bars of “Who are You” crash through the speakers, the credits roll and the lead actors of “CSI” pull up at the crime scene to investigate yet another murder. Since "CSI" premiered in 2000, the show, its spin-offs and imitators have hammered home the idea that a person’s genetic material can ...

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SNPwatch: SNP Linked to Dry-type Macular Degeneration Could Spell Trouble For Experimental Wet-type Treatment

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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