Author: ErinC

Don’t Miss the Final Episode of Faces of America this Wednesday!

Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an effort to understand what made the United States the place it is today. The final episode, "Know Thyself" airs this Wednesday ...

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Attention Human Genetic History Buffs

The journal Current Biology has a special review issue on the global genetic history of Homo sapiens.  The articles are written for a fairly technical audience, but if it's a topic you're interested in, you might want to check it out.  All of the articles are available online for free. Archaeogenetics — ...

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SNPwatch: Enzyme Deficiency May Protect Against Serious Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effect

People chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus currently have only one treatment option:  a combination of polyethylene glycol (PEG)-ylated interferon alpha and ribavirin (RBV).   Not only does this drug regimen fail to eradicate the virus in about half of all patients who receive it, but even when it ...

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Southern African Genomes Sequenced

Group of hunters from the Ju/’hoansi tribe in the Namibian Bush/ Stephan C. Schuster Researchers from Penn State University, the University of New South Wales in Australia, and the Baylor College of Medicine have sequenced the genomes of four individuals from different groups of the click-speaking San of ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variation Associated with Biological Aging

The candles on your birthday cake tell you how many years you've lived through, but they might not be a reflection of your biological age. Little bits of DNA called telomeres protect the ends of chromosomes.  Over time, through repeated rounds of cell division, telomeres get shorter and shorter.  Thus, ...

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Researchers Use SNP Analysis to Paint Picture of an Ancient Human

Artist's impression of Inuk based on genetic analysis Nuka Godfredsen/Nature Tufts of hair rescued from the permafrost in Greenland and then tucked away in a basement in Denmark for more than 20 years have given scientists their first glimpse into the genetics of an ancient human. Eske Willerslev and ...

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Faces of America on PBS

Faces of America is a four-part series in which Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. uses genealogy and genetics to explore the family histories of 12 renowned Americans in an effort to understand what made the United States the place it is today. The list of participants includes: Elizabeth ...

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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Involved in Dangerous Blood Transfusion Reaction Identified

There's no doubt that blood saves lives.  According to the Red Cross, in the United States alone about five million people need a total of 14 million pints of blood each year.  That's 38,000 pints every day. But transfusions are not without their dangers.  Among them is transfusion-related acute lung ...

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FDA Updates Label for Commonly Used Blood Thinner to Include Dosing Recommendations Based on Genetics

Warfarin (Coumadin®) is a blood thinner given to people at high risk for the formation of blood clots due to conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, heart valve disease or replacement, and irregular heart beat. The drug is also given to prevent recurrence of pulmonary embolism, heart attack and stroke. If ...

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SNPwatch: More Common Genetic Variants Associated with Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Cancer of the pancreas, which strikes more than 40,000 men and women in the United States each year, is an especially deadly malignancy.   There is no effective screening test for the disease and it is usually not detected until it has spread throughout the body.  The five-year survival rate is only about ...

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