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Genetics News From Medical News Today

Genetics uses information from one or two genes to explain a disease or condition, whereas genomics examines all of the genetic information to determine biological markers predisposing an individual to disease. This category includes news on DNA, genes, m

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Bipolar breakthrough: New study reveals disease-causing mechanism

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study shows how a forebrain deficiency in the cellular protein phospholipase Cγ1 causes bipolar disorder-like symptoms in mice.

Parkinson's: 'Genetic switch' may play key role in preserving brain cells

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

Study finds a genetic switch that controls PINK1 and PARKIN genes, defects in which cause mitchondrial dysfunction seen in some forms of Parkinson's.

Vitamin B-3 successfully prevents glaucoma in mice

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New mouse study finds a way to prevent glaucoma in genetically predisposed mice. This could pave the way for safer treatments for glaucoma patients.

Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Work on gene therapy is showing significant progress for restoring muscle strength and prolonging lives in dogs with a previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease.

Analyzing copies of genes offers new treatment possibilities for ovarian cancer

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of 18 University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics - an...

Sick and tired - not just a figure of speech

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Large-scale study looks at tiredness and its associations with environment, genes, and mental and physical health.Already feeling drained so early in the year?

Genetic basis for male baldness identified in large-scale study

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 08:00:00 PST

New large-scale genetic study examines over 52,000 men with moderate-to-severe hair loss and identifies over 250 genetic locations linked to the condition.

Calcium imbalance within brain cells may trigger Alzheimer's disease

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research examines the metabolism of brain cells and uncovers the calcium exchange mechanism that could lead to Alzheimer's disease.

Children of patients with C9orf72 mutations are at a greater risk of frontotemporal dementia or ALS at a younger age

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene.

Worm gene could be key to developing obesity treatment

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Monash University and Danish researchers have discovered a gene in worms that could help break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising that can lead to obesity.

Diabetes in your DNA? Scientists zero in on the genetic signature of risk

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Why do some people get Type 2 diabetes, while others who live the same lifestyle never do?

Plant-made hemophilia therapy shows promise, Penn study finds

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding.

Type 1 diabetes: Reprogramming liver cells may lead to new treatments

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

For the first time, scientists show it is possible to reprogram liver cells into pancreatic precursor cells by changing the expression of a single gene.

Sickle Cell Disease: Overview, Symptoms, and Causes

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

What does sickle cell disease do to the body and what are the possible complications? How is it diagnosed and what treatment options are available?

Mitochondrial lipids as potential targets in early onset Parkinson's disease

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

A team of researchers led by Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified an underlying mechanism in early onset Parkinson's.

Gene discovery sheds light on growth defects linked to dwarfism

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study shows how errors in a specific gene can cause growth defects associated with a rare type of dwarfism.

New biomarkers for bowel cancer treatment

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

Scientists can predict in the lab whether a drug will be effective for individual colorectal tumors.Colorectal carcinomas arise in different forms, so all treatments do not work for all patients.

Researchers show how Lou Gehrig's disease progression could be delayed

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A team of biomedical scientists has identified a molecule that targets a gene known to play a critical role in the rapid progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes known as Lou...

Gene discovery suggests new type of congenital muscular dystrophy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 07:00:00 PST

New study finds that mutations in INPP5K gene cause a new type of congenital muscular dystrophy with short stature, cataracts, and intellectual disability.

FDA approves drug to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Emflaza (deflazacort) tablets and oral suspension to treat patients age 5 years and older with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic...

Genetics of both virus and patient work together to influence the course of HIV infection

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

A patient's genetics may impact disease progression by inducing mutations in the HIV genome.

New drug screening system could help speed development of a cure for HPV

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 11:00:00 PST

Scientists have used genetic engineering techniques to develop a new system that could aid identification of potential drug targets and treatments for human papillomavirus (HPV) infection...

Sickle cell trait may confound blood sugar readings among African-Americans

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study in JAMA provides evidence that hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a common blood biomarker used to measure blood sugar over time, may not perform as accurately among African-Americans with sickle...

New assay shows promise to advance personalized therapy for cancer patients

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PST

One of the most promising areas of cancer research is personalized therapy using precision medicine.

Genetic defects in tooth enamel conducive to development of caries

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PST

Bacteria are not the sole cause of caries; tooth resistance also plays an instrumental role.