Genetics: Looking Back and Looking Forward

April 05, 2010
The tenth anniversary of the completion of the first draft of the human genome is approaching, apparently putting a lot of scientists in the mood for reflection on the past...
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Malaria Parasite May Have Found Way To Thwart Protective Genetic Variation

March 31, 2010
Each year at least 350 million people around the world are infected by malaria parasites.   More than one million people, mainly young children, succumb to the disease.   But...
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Analysis of Ancient DNA Suggests A Previously Unknown Type of Extinct Human Ancestor

March 24, 2010
Denisova cave from the outside. / Bence Viola. DNA isolated from a tiny bone fragment from the finger of a being that walked the earth between 30,000 and 50,000 years...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variation That Contributes to Skin Color Differences in East Asians

March 23, 2010
From rich brown to almost translucent white, human skin colors span a remarkable spectrum. The evolutionary story of how we came to be such a varied species skin color-wise began...
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Confusion Over Utility of Common Genetic Variations in Breast Cancer Risk Prediction

March 19, 2010
A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) this week, entitled “Performance of Common Genetic Variants in Breast-Cancer Risk Models,” has led several media outlets to declare...
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NIH to Create Public Database of Genetic Tests

March 18, 2010
Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its plans to create a public database in which genetic test providers will voluntarily deposit information about their services that can then...
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Genetic Tests Can Reduce Risks From Blood Thinner Warfarin

March 16, 2010
Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will...
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FDA Adds Boxed Warning to Plavix Label to Highlight Reduced Effectiveness of the Drug In Poor Metabolizers

March 15, 2010
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has updated the label information for the commonly used anti-clotting medication Plavix ® (clopidogrel) to stress to physicians that patients carrying certain genetic...
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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 10, 2010
Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer (excluding skin cancers) and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Each year about 150,000 people are diagnosed...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variations Associated with When Junior Gets His First Chompers

March 04, 2010
Researchers have identified several genetic variations associated with the timing of a baby’s first tooth and the number of teeth at age one. The results, published recently in the journal...
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