environment

What Do You Know About Heritability?

May 09, 2012
Is it nature or nature? One concept scientists use to describe this balance is "heritability". But there are some nuances to this concept that often cause it to be misinterpreted. Show us what you know about heritability in this week's quiz!
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SNPwatch: Eating Veggies Can Decrease Genetic Risk for Heart Attack

November 22, 2011
For some, eating a doughnut every morning is a recipe for heart attack. Certain genetic factors are also associated with developing cardiovascular disease. But lifestyle choices can impact the effect of genetics on risk. A new study suggests that eating a prudent diet -- high in raw fruits and vegetables -- can counteract the effect of one of the most well-established genetic risk factors for coronary heart disease.
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SNPwatch: Four More DNA Variations Linked to Testicular Cancer

June 28, 2010
British researchers have identified four new genetic variants that may influence a male’s risk for testicular cancer.   These results, published recently in the journal Nature Genetics, along with variations...
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SNPwatch: Do These Genes Make Me Look Fat? It Depends on What You Eat

December 04, 2009
We all know people struggling with weight issues. Maybe they’re overweight and can’t seem to lose the pounds no matter what new diet or exercise regime they try. Or, maybe...
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Researchers Look To The Future Of Obesity Genetics

June 18, 2009
Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations That May Affect Testicular Cancer Risk Identified

June 02, 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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Environment, Not Genes, Key To Increasing Disease Rates

May 28, 2009
Type 1 diabetes is on the rise in European children, says a new report. Researchers studied type 1 diabetes data collected between 1989 and 2003 at 20 centers in 17...
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It’s Not Genes or Environment, It’s Genes AND Environment

September 08, 2008
A good diet and plenty of exercise are important for maintaining a healthy weight, but they’re not the whole story. Studies have shown that there’s a substantial genetic component to...
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