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

March 01, 2010
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...
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Attention Human Genetic History Buffs

February 23, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Enzyme Deficiency May Protect Against Serious Hepatitis C Treatment Side Effect

February 22, 2010
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...
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Southern African Genomes Sequenced

February 18, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Variation Associated with Biological Aging

February 16, 2010
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...
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Researchers Use SNP Analysis to Paint Picture of an Ancient Human

February 10, 2010
Artist’s impression of Inuk based on genetic analysis Nuka Godfredsen/Nature Editor’s note: This post has been edited from the original to reflect changes in 23andMe’s product. Tufts of hair rescued...
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Faces of America on PBS

February 09, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Involved in Dangerous Blood Transfusion Reaction Identified

February 08, 2010
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...
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FDA Updates Label for Commonly Used Blood Thinner to Include Dosing Recommendations Based on Genetics

February 04, 2010
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...
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SNPwatch: More Common Genetic Variants Associated with Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

January 29, 2010
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...
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