Archives for 2011

Our Hidden African Ancestry

Update: A post at the blog Your Genetic Genealogist just went up with a very similar story to mine. Check it out.   It was just a few thin green segments on my fourth and seventh chromosomes that sent me searching. I wanted to know more about my family history. I pestered my mom with questions ...

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SNPwatch: Factors Influencing Permanent Tooth Development

Anyone who’s ever spent time around babies knows that teething can be disruptive and often painful. In that sense, the somewhat violent term “tooth eruption”—referring to the process of teeth breaking through the gums—seems rather appropriate. Most people experience this phenomenon twice, first when baby ...

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SNPWatch: Genetic Variation Influences How We Respond to Reinforcement

By Bethann Hromatka   The human brain is hardwired to receive chemical signals from our environment. It primarily does this through receptors—proteins on the surfaces of cells that catch specific molecules when they pass by. An interesting class of receptors is the mu-opioid receptors, so named ...

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23andMe Traces Two Women’s Ancestry on Anderson Cooper’s New Show

More than two decades ago, on opposite sides of the country, two babies were cast away with slim chances of surviving. “Miraculous Mary,” as she was called then, was found along a California highway wrapped in a towel and stuffed into a brown paper bag, while “Baby Jane Doe” was found in a box with the trash ...

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McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

Even though they aren't self-lacing and don't come with a hoverboard, the limited-production Nike Mags — Marty McFly’s fly shoes from the 1989 movie Back to the Future II — are still flying off the shelves as part of the company’s effort to raise money for Parkinson’s disease research. Since September 8th ...

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Let’s Talk About Sex… in GWAS

By Bethann Hromatka The saying “men are from Mars, women are from Venus,” may have originated from personality differences between the sexes, but it also rings true for complex diseases that affect one sex more than the other. For instance, the prevalence of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid ...

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SNPwatch: Researchers Investigate Shared Genetic Factors for Autoimmune Diseases

By Bethann Hromatka Autoimmune diseases are caused by an overactive immune system. In these diseases, white blood cells, which normally help your body fight infections, ramp up and attack your own cells and organs. These disorders can be very debilitating and are relatively common, affecting roughly 1 in ...

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California Governor Signs Law to Protect Against Genetic Discrimination

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. Authored by State Sen. Alex Padilla, the California law the use of genetic information to discriminate against a person in housing, employment, education, ...

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SNPwatch: New Associations Found for Multiple Sclerosis

Scientists know that there isn’t one cause for multiple sclerosis (MS), but understanding this complex autoimmune disease has vexed medical researchers for years. In the largest MS study to date, researchers recently identified 29 new genetic variants associated with the disease in people of European ...

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California Law Would Extend Genetic Non-Discrimination Protections

UPDATE (9/7/2011) California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law civil rights protections in the state to prevent discrimination against people based on their genetic information. A new California law, awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature, would apply California’s broad anti-discriminatory protections to ...

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