All About that Base (Pair): The Significance of your Genotypes

July 16, 2015
I’m sorry to burst your bubble, but you don’t have a gene for being tall, or a gene for caffeine addiction or a gene for intelligence. No one does. In...
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SNPwatch: Common Genetic Factors Associated with “Blue Babies”

February 22, 2013
Image by Mariana Ruiz LadyofHats [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsBy Bethann Hromatka, Ph.D.New research suggests that a once-fatal congenital heart defect – sometimes called “blue baby syndrome” – is influenced...
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SNPwatch: We Care a Lot

December 12, 2011
The hormone oxytocin has garnered many names in the media, from the “cuddle chemical” to the “morality molecule,” and it’s clear that it impacts social bonding. A new study suggests that people with at least one A at – a SNP in the oxytocin receptor gene called OXTR – are readily perceived by others as being less empathetic than GG individuals.
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SNPwatch: Genetic Variant May Increase Risk of Follicular Lymphoma

July 23, 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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SNPwatch: Genetic Variation May Increase Risk of Atrial Fibrillation And Stroke

July 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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Better Understanding of Colorectal Cancer-Associated SNP Could Guide Treatment

June 29, 2009
Much to the surprise of many scientists, a lot of the SNPs identified in genomewide association studies have not been in the parts of genes that encode the molecular machinery...
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Researchers Look To The Future Of Obesity Genetics

June 18, 2009
It’s no secret that obesity rates are rising — quickly.   Between 2000 and 2005 the prevalence of obesity rose by 24%.   Extreme cases increased by more than 50%....
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SNPwatch: New Obesity SNPs Point to the Brain’s Role in Regulating Appetite

December 16, 2008
In the current issue of Nature Genetics, two teams of researchers identify nine new genetic locations associated with obesity. Almost all of them are within or close to genes that...
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Needles in a Haystack

July 31, 2008
Even as the genetic studies on schizophrenia released this week illustrate our progress toward the ultimate goal of personalized medicine, they also bring to mind the challenges that still lie...
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Gene Variant May Increase Risk for Rare Side Effect of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

July 24, 2008
By lowering blood levels of “bad cholesterol,” or LDL, statins can lower the risk of heart attack and stroke. But the drugs are not without side effects – about one...
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