Our Hidden African Ancestry

September 30, 2011
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...
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SNPwatch: Factors Influencing Permanent Tooth Development

September 29, 2011
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...
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SNPWatch: Genetic Variation Influences How We Respond to Reinforcement

September 20, 2011
Genetics can influence everything from how we respond to different drugs to what techniques help us learn. One genetic variant in particular, located in a gene involved in detecting opioid chemicals like morphine, was previously linked to alcohol and heroin addiction as well as how we react to social rejection. Now a new study finds a connection between this same variant and how humans respond to positive reinforcement.
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23andMe Traces Two Women’s Ancestry on Anderson Cooper’s New Show

September 15, 2011
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...
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McFly’s Shoes to Help Fight Parkinson’s

September 15, 2011
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 –...
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Let’s Talk About Sex… in GWAS

September 13, 2011
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...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Investigate Shared Genetic Factors for Autoimmune Diseases

September 08, 2011
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...
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California Governor Signs Law to Protect Against Genetic Discrimination

September 07, 2011
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...
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SNPwatch: New Associations Found for Multiple Sclerosis

September 06, 2011
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,...
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California Law Would Extend Genetic Non-Discrimination Protections

September 02, 2011
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...
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