Africa

SNPwatch: New Genetic Associations Revealed for Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma

June 02, 2010
Nasopharyngeal cancer (NPC) arises in the upper part of the throat, behind the nose.   It is rare in most areas of the world–affecting only about 1 in every 100,000...
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The genetics of hunter-gatherer populations

May 10, 2010
The author during her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. As a Peace Corps volunteer teaching in Kenya 25 years ago, I was fascinated by the cultural, linguistic,...
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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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Large Study Reveals Details of African American Genetic Ancestry

January 11, 2010
As shown in these ancestry paintings from 23andMe, the proportion of African DNA can vary widely for African Americans. A recent study led by Carlos Bustamante of Cornell and Sarah...
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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 2

December 30, 2009
In our last post we highlighted a few of the coolest (in our opinion!) health-related developments of 2009.   But human genetics isn’t all about disease.   Here are a...
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SNPwatch: Common Variants May Influence Glaucoma Risk in Individuals of African Descent

September 24, 2009
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness and is estimated to affect over 66 million people worldwide. This group of diseases is typically caused by increased pressure in the...
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Gloom but not Doom, Concludes Study in Malaria Area

May 26, 2009
Malaria is one of the leading causes of death in the developing world, claiming nearly a million victims each year. The great majority of them are African children below the...
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Scientists Publish Largest-Ever Study on the Genetics of Modern Africans

April 30, 2009
When scientific research is published, the authors often confess that they wish they’d collected more data. Critical reviews of research studies often say the same thing. Indeed, if there’s anything...
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The Origins of the Forest-Dwelling African Pygmies

March 05, 2009
Once distributed throughout tropical Africa, Pygmies now live in pockets of the continent’s rainforest.Africa is home to a number of dwindling hunter-gatherer populations, most of them living deep in the...
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The Origins of Pastoralism in Africa: What do the Genes Say

August 04, 2008
This guest post is by Brenna Henn, a doctoral student in Stanford University’s Department of Anthropology and a 23andMe consultant. Brenna studies human evolution using genetic information. Her interests include...
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