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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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Firefly gene illuminates ability of optimized CRISPR-Cpf1 to efficiently edit human genome

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists on the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have improved a state-of-the-art gene-editing technology to advance the system's ability to target, cut and paste genes...

What percentage of ALS is genetic?

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Up to 90 percent of people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) report that they have no family history of the disease.

Humans retain genes for coronary artery disease because they make for more prolific parents

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

Genome-wide scans suggest that natural selection keeps these genes in the population as they benefit childbearing capacity.

Researchers uncover genetic gains and losses in Tourette syndrome

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Researchers have identified structural changes in two genes that increase the risk of developing Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary motor and vocal tics.

Genetic modifier for Huntington's disease progression identified

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A team led by UCL and Cardiff University researchers has developed a novel measure of disease progression for Huntington's disease, which enabled them to identify a genetic modifier associated with...

Scientists step closer to drug treatment for hepatitis B

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A major new insight into how hepatitis B virus works could pave the way for new drug treatments for the infection which is the major cause of liver cancer worldwide.

Scientists find genetic underpinnings for eczema

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study examines people with severe eczema and finds that a genetic mutation may cause the condition. The study also paves the way for a new treatment.

Breast and ovarian cancers: Large study improves estimates of genetic risk

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Carriers of faulty BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes have higher risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Now, a large prospective study improves estimates of those risks.

Gene editing technique reverses Huntington's in mouse model

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Huntington's is a progressive neurological condition; there is no cure. Recent advances in gene editing techniques offer new hope.

Prostate cancer: Three-in-one blood test could fuel personalized treatment

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

A single blood test could identify how prostate cancer patients will respond to PARP inhibitors in as little as 4 to 8 weeks, say researchers.

Preeclampsia: Genetic study finds links to babies' DNA

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:00:00 PDT

A genetic study that focuses on children born to women who had preeclampsia in pregnancy finds two variants that are tied to raised risk of the condition.

Gut bacteria might one day help slow down aging process

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Slowing down the aging process might be possible one day with supplements derived from gut bacteria.

Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a...

Phenylketonuria: Symptoms, tests, and treatment

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Phenylketonuria is a rare genetic condition that affects how amino acids are broken down in the body. Learn more about how the condition is managed.

Scientists find seven genes for insomnia

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New wide-scale genetic study uncovers the genetic underpinnings of what is usually considered to be a purely psychological condition.

Bioengineered human livers mimic natural development

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An international team of researchers bioengineering human liver tissues uncovered previously unknown networks of genetic-molecular crosstalk that control the organ's developmental processes - greatly...

Yoga, meditation counter gene expression changes that cause stress

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Mind-body interventions - such as yoga and meditation - reverse changes in gene expression that trigger stress and related health conditions, study finds.

Scientists ID mutations that could allow bird flu strain to spread among humans

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 11:00:00 PDT

An international team of scientists has identified several genetic mutations that, should they arise, could potentially allow the avian influenza strain H7N9 to spread between humans.

Scientists discover rare genetic susceptibility to common cold

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Scientists have identified a rare genetic mutation that results in a markedly increased susceptibility to infection by human rhinoviruses (HRVs) - the main causes of the common cold.

Study provides further support for genetic factors underlying addictions

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Impairment of a particular gene raises increases susceptibility to opioid addiction liability as well as vulnerability to binge eating according to a new study.

Genetic variants linked to higher BMI may be protective against Parkinson disease

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Genetic variants linked to higher body mass index (BMI) are associated with lower risk of Parkinson disease, according to a study published by Nicholas Wood and colleagues from the University College...

Western diet increases Alzheimer's pathology in genetically predisposed mice

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Obese mice with a particular version of a gene strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) in humans show increased Alzheimer's pathology, according to new research published in eNeuro.

Study shows drug lowers levels of biomarker linked to ALS

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds that a decades-old drug used to treat malaria lowers levels of a biomarker linked to the inherited form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS and Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary...

How a small molecule can induce UV-free tanning

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Researchers used a small molecule to darken cultured human skin while bypassing sun exposure and the damage caused by ultraviolet rays.