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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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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated With Lone Atrial Fibrillation

February 25, 2010
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common irregular heart rhythm, affecting one in four people over the age of 40. While not usually life-threatening on its own, individuals with the...
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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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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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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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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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SNPwatch: More Progress in the Search for Genetic Variants Linked to Childhood Asthma

January 25, 2010
Researchers have identified another region of the genome associated with childhood asthma, a condition that affects more than seven million American kids. Analysis of DNA from about 1,700 children with...
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SNPwatch: Two More Genetic Variants Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

December 21, 2009
A new study has identified more common genetic variants associated with increased risk for cleft lip and palate.   Combined with two previous studies, there are now four variations that...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Association Study of Leprosy Yields New Insights into an Ancient Disease

December 16, 2009
Leprosy is a chronic, disabling disease caused by a bacterium (Mycobacterium leprae) that infects only humans and armadillos. The disease affects the skin and peripheral nerves, leading to sores, numbness...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Multiple Sclerosis Risk May Also Be Linked to Number of Spinal Cord Lesions in People with MS

December 15, 2009
Multiple sclerosis (MS) afflicts the central nervous system, causing unpredictable and varying symptoms that differ from person to person. About one in 700 people in the United States is affected...
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