SNPwatch: Genetic Clues to Bowel Disease Found in Mice and Men

September 30, 2009
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which can appear as either ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, damages the lining of the digestive tract and leads to abdominal cramps, incomplete digestion and nutritional...
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SNPwatch: Evidence for Gene-Environment Interaction in Alcoholism

September 22, 2009
Addiction to alcohol is associated with the brain’s reward system, which reinforces behaviors that feel good – like drinking – by releasing neurotransmitters such as dopamine and endorphins. With prolonged...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Flaw that Causes Rare Metabolic Condition May Also Increase Risk of Severe Liver Disease in Cystic Fibrosis

September 17, 2009
New research suggests the primary genetic mutation that causes alpha-1 antritrypsin deficiency, a condition that results in liver damage and a wide variety of other problems, also affects risk for...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations May Increase Risk Of Prostate Cancer In Japanese Men

September 11, 2009
This MRI of a man’s pelvis shows that his prostate is enlarged to almost three times the regular size, which may be a sign of cancer. The prostate is marked...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations May Increase Risk for ALS

September 10, 2009
Scientists are narrowing in on two regions of the human genome that could be responsible for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative...
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What Makes Us Human? Study Finds Hints By Comparing Chimp and Human DNA

September 03, 2009
We may be another step closer to discovering what makes us human. A new study published online this week in Genome Research has pinpointed three genes in humans that may...
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Study Sniffs Out Genes Behind Doggy ‘Dos

August 31, 2009
New genetic research may explain why Fluffy is so fluffy. A study led by researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute scanned 1,000 dogs from 80 breeds, looking for...
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Very Personalized Medicine: Sequencing of Second Cancer Patient Reveals Potentially Significant Mutations

August 25, 2009
A new genetic screening process has helped researchers understand the genetic causes of cancer, such as how mutations accumulated in a person’s life can cause leukemia. The study shows that...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation in X Chromosome May Slow Progression of AIDS

August 18, 2009
SNPwatch gives you the latest news about research linking various traits and conditions to individual genetic variations. These studies are exciting because they offer a glimpse into how genetics may...
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Whence Rover? Genetic Study Suggests Africa May Have Whelped Man’s Best Friend

August 12, 2009
The Rexes and Spots of the world have been man’s best friend for 15,000 years. But when and where did humans begin domesticating these furry companions? Previous theories suggested that...
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