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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Genetic Associations 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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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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Genetic Variant May Influence Susceptibility to HIV

July 16, 2008
A gene variant found mainly in people with African ancestry increases the odds of HIV infection in African Americans exposed to the virus says a study published today. Once infection...
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Researchers Find Genetic Variants That May Influence the Risk For Obesity

July 06, 2008
European researchers have identified variations in the PCSK1 gene that could influence obesity risk in both adults and children. The results, published online in Nature Genetics, are based on data...
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