Nature Genetics

New genetic variants found to influence major depression risk

August 01, 2016
In a new study, scientists have found genetic markers associated with depression in people of European descent. In what is by far the largest study of its kind focused on...
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The role of genetics in well-being

April 18, 2016
Dan Benjamin, an Associate Professor of Economics at USC and on the principal investigators with the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium. In one of the largest-ever genome wide association study...
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Getting Long in the Telomeres

May 30, 2013
Robin Smith, Health Content Scientist Barring injury, disease or capture, some scientists believe that a lobster could live virtually forever. They are amongst a select group of animals, including tortoises,...
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SNPWatch: Taking Stock of Dengue Shock

November 11, 2011
We all know that mosquitoes can be annoying. In many parts of the world, however, mosquitoes are more than just annoying--they are killers. Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne disease with significant public health impact in tropical regions of the world. Some people infected with the dengue virus suffer life-threatening complications, while others have only mild or no symptoms at all. A new study investigates genetic factors underlying response to dengue infection.
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SNPwatch: Researchers Identify Genetic Variant That May Affect Liver Cancer Risk in Those Chronically Infected with Hepatitis B Virus

August 05, 2010
Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) is the fourth most common cancer in the world.  More than half a million new cases of this form of liver cancer are reported each year.  ...
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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: 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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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant Associated with Food Allergy-related Disorder Eosinophilic Esophagitis

April 21, 2010
For the millions of children and adults with severe food allergies, ingesting even tiny quantities of some of the most basic foods can result in a potentially deadly reaction.  ...
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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: 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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