Category: Health and Traits

Breakthrough of the Year

A certain provider of personal genetic information is mentioned in Science magazine's Breakthrough of the Year article, published in the Dec. 21 issue. The journal bestowed 2007 BotY honors on "Human Genetic Variation," especially the genome-wide association studies that have linked dozens of diseases and ...

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Risky Business

People often talk about genes as if they were directly related to specific diseases, as in “the breast cancer gene” or “the gene for alcoholism.” But the fact of the matter is that genes aren’t so simple. They tend to work together in intricate networks, so any one gene’s function only contributes a small ...

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