- a study that found certain variations of the stress-related gene FKBP5 increase the chances that a person who is abused as a child will later develop post-traumatic stress disorder.
- the first evidence of a causal link between the gene PON1, the antioxidant activity of a substance known as paraoxanase and a person’s chances of having a severe heart attack.
- a paper demonstrating that variations in the gene LRP5, which has previously been linked to osteoporosis, can affect bone density and risk of fracture.
The latest indication that the medical establishment takes personalized medicine seriously — this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association is a special theme issue dedicated to genetics and genomics.The journal points to the incredible pace of recent discoveries associating specific genetic markers to various diseases and conditions. It even adds a few new revelations to the mix, including: