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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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Genes responsible for severe congenital heart disease identified by researchers

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The first known identification of two genes responsible for hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe congenital heart defect, has been reported by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh...

Large meta-analysis identifies new genes associated with intelligence

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Forty new genes associated with intelligence are reported in a paper published online in Nature Genetics.

Alzheimer's disease: Family history may explain puzzling link to metabolic gene

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Research linking the metabolic gene TOMM40 with Alzheimer's risk has produced mixed results for years. Now, a new study says family history is the reason.

Injured bones reconstructed by gene and stem cell therapies

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A Cedars-Sinai-led team of investigators has successfully repaired severe limb fractures in laboratory animals with an innovative technique that cues bone to regrow its own tissue.

Biomarkers for cognitive impairment in Parkinson's revealed

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds four biomarkers that may predict if people with Parkinson's disease will have severe cognitive decline within 3 years of diagnosis.

Wet AMD: Small trial shows new gene therapy is safe in humans

Wed, 17 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

A new gene therapy that neutralizes the growth factor that promotes wet AMD is shown to be safe and well tolerated in a small trial of human patients.

Scientists discover abundance of uncommon superbug strain in Greater Houston area

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Houston Methodist Research Institute scientists used genome sequencing to discover that an otherwise rare strain of a superbug was found in more than one-third of the Houston patients studied.

Is diabetes genetic? Facts about hereditary risk

Tue, 16 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Can you inherit diabetes? In this article, we ask whether type 1 and 2 diabetes are due to lifestyle factors, genetic susceptibility, or both.

Metformin shows promise as a potential treatment for fragile X syndrome

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

New study shows that treatment with the common type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves social, behavioral, and neuron deficits in mouse model of fragile X.

First genetic location found for anorexia nervosa

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

In what is perhaps the most significant genomic study of anorexia nervosa to date, researchers find the first genetic locus for the disorder.

Gene sequencing study reveals unusual mutations in endometriosis

Fri, 12 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Using gene sequencing tools, scientists from Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of British Columbia have found a set of genetic mutations in samples from 24 women with benign endometriosis, a...

Precision medicine improves treatment outcomes for some pancreatic cancer patients

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

University of Pittsburgh and UPMC researchers are paving the way for genome-targeted treatments in pancreatic cancer, an especially deadly form of cancer with few existing therapeutic options...

Researchers find a mutation which predisposes people under osteoporosis treatment to femoral fractures

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers of the University of Barcelona and the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM) have discovered a new mutation that has an impact on the bone so that it is vulnerable...

Shortage of progranulin is a frequent cause of frontotemporal dementia

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In a study in Human Molecular Genetics, researchers from VIB and KU Leuven led by prof.

Oxford University's Nuffield Department of Population Health and Nightingale Health announce agreement for comprehensive metabolic biomarker profiling

Tue, 09 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) of the University of Oxford and Finnish Nightingale Health announced that Nightingale's proprietary biomarker analysis technology will be installed...

Type 1 diabetes cured in mice using gene therapy

Mon, 08 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Researchers reveal how they were able to cure type 1 diabetes in mice by restoring insulin production using a novel gene therapy technique.

Molecular study of skin proteins uncovers predisposition to eczema

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 PDT

Using a model of human skin, a study shows for the first time that loss of a key barrier protein alone leads to molecular changes that trigger eczema.

First clear-cut risk genes for Tourette disorder revealed

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Tourette disorder (also known as Tourette syndrome) afflicts as many as one person in a hundred worldwide with potentially disabling symptoms including involuntary motor and vocal tics.

Scientists find new genetic locations for type 2 diabetes

Thu, 04 May 2017 09:00:00 PDT

Using genetic mapping, a team of scientists led by researchers from the United Kingdom have discovered 111 genetic 'loci' that indicate type 2 diabetes.

HIV breakthrough: Scientists remove virus in animals using gene editing

Thu, 04 May 2017 08:00:00 PDT

Using an improved gene editing strategy, scientists managed to delete infected fragments of mouse DNA, stepping closer to finding a cure for HIV infection.

Novel gene editing approach to cancer treatment shows promise in mice

Wed, 03 May 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A novel gene therapy using CRISPR genome editing technology effectively targets cancer-causing "fusion genes" and improves survival in mouse models of aggressive liver and prostate cancers...

Scientists find a likely genetic driver of smoking-related heart disease

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Cigarette smoking accounts for about one fifth of cases of coronary heart disease (CHD), one of the leading causes of death worldwide, but precisely how smoking leads to CHD has long been unclear.

Why do some of us have a sweet tooth? Study investigates

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A new study finds a link between a hormone secreted by the liver and the preference for consuming sweet foods, drinks, and candy.

Novel antibiotic resistance gene in milk

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers of the University of Bern have identified a new antibiotic resistance gene in bacteria from dairy cows.

Unravelling the mystery of DNA attacks in cells' powerhouse could pave way for new cancer treatments

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 PDT

New research has unravelled the mystery of how mitochondria - the energy generators within cells - can withstand attacks on their DNA from rogue molecules.