New Research on the Genetics of Empathy, and How it Relates to Autism

March 12, 2018
Researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that it isn’t just your environment and experiences that influence the empathy you feel for others, your genes also play a small but important role and this connection also sheds new light on the biology of autism.
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The Genetics of Empathy

June 06, 2017
In a first-of-its kind study looking at empathy, researchers have found strong evidence that the ability to read and understand emotions in others simply by looking into their eyes is...
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This Year’s Top Ten Genetic Findings

December 27, 2013
Each year at this time 23andMe puts together a list of the most interesting genetic findings of 2013. We’re doing that again but with a twist. We want to include...
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SNPWatch: A tale of two fingers

August 02, 2013
By David Tran Look at your hands. Is your ring finger longer than your index finger, or vice versa? The length of a person’s index finger relative to his or...
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Mito Mightily Disappoints Autism Researchers

July 19, 2013
Researchers believe that mitochondrial DNA may be involved in autism.  Mitochondrial DNA is passed down from mother to child and found in the cell's mitochondria. These are distinct structures that act as a power plant for the cells by converting oxygen and simple sugars into readily-usable energy.
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The Genetics of Mental Illness

March 04, 2013
Researchers have long believed that genetics put some people at higher risk for mental illness than others, but exactly which genes are involved has remained a mystery. Even very large...
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Top Genetic Findings of 2012

December 20, 2012
Take a moment to look back at the ten most interesting and significant genetic findings of 2012 or at least the ones that drew our attention. In the last 12...
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Older Dads

September 27, 2012
For a long time prospective fathers could wile away the years without much worry about when to have kids, while prospective moms were constantly checking their ticking biological clocks.A recent...
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Autism Study Reveals No Genetic Associations

August 29, 2012
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) include everything from the relatively mild Asperger syndrome (characterized by more mild social and language impairments) to full-fledged autism (characterized by severe social and communicative handicaps,...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation Linked to Autism Risk In Boys

May 21, 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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