Nature Genetics

SNPwatch: Two More Genetic Variants Linked to Cleft Lip and Palate

December 21, 2009
A new study has identified more common genetic variants associated with increased risk for cleft lip and palate.   Combined with two previous studies, there are now four variations that...
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SNPwatch: Three New Genetic Variants Associated With Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

November 11, 2009
The most common type of arthritis, osteoarthritis, occurs due to accumulated wear and tear — welcome to old age! — or from repetitive movements or injury.   Rheumatoid arthritis, on...
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SNPwatch: New Variants Associated With Lupus in Europeans and Asians

October 19, 2009
Lupus, which means “wolf” in Latin, gets its name from the skin manifestations sometimes seen in the disease. A physician in the 13th century thought they looked like wolf bites....
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SNPwatch: Two Large Studies Identify More Variants Associated with Blood-Related Traits

October 16, 2009
Previously in The Spittoon, we discussed two papers that identified genetic variants associated with hemoglobin levels in circulating blood. But blood consists of much more than hemoglobin, and it is...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations Influencing Hemoglobin Levels Identified

October 12, 2009
Doctors routinely order the complete blood count (CBC) for their patients because they can learn a lot about a person’s health by measuring the numbers of different types of blood...
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SNPwatch: The Plot Thickens For Thinning Bones

October 05, 2009
Our bones are amazing structures, capable of supporting tremendous force through complex motions. They do this day in and day out, year after year as we sit, stand, walk, run,...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Find More Genetic Variants Associated With Prostate Cancer

September 29, 2009
In the United States, prostate cancer affects about one in every six men.   Genomewide association studies aimed at finding common genetic variants associated with this common disease have been...
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SNPwatch: More Evidence That Genetic Variations are Important for Hepatitis C Infection and Treatment

September 18, 2009
Unlike the flu virus, which the body is generally able to fight off completely, infection with hepatitis C is often chronic.   That means for most of the three to...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variations May Increase Risk for ALS

September 10, 2009
Scientists are narrowing in on two regions of the human genome that could be responsible for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a neurodegenerative...
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variants Associated With Risk Of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Identified

August 20, 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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