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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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ALS could be prevented with technique that halts protein clumping

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

SOD1 gene mutations form protein clumps, leading to motor neuron degeneration in ALS, but researchers may have found a way to halt this process.

Genome-wide study quantifies genetic "war between the sexes"

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Humans and flies are still undergoing natural selection based on sex.Genes with moderately different expression levels in males and females are subject to ongoing, sex-related natural...

Existence of exercise-induced muscle memory challenged

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

While there are many differences in gene expression after regular exercise training, researchers have found no evidence of training-induced muscle memory.

Youthful DNA in old age

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time.

New insights into potent cancer tumour suppressor gene

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers at the National University of Ireland Galway have shown that the TP53 gene has even greater anti-cancer activity than previously thoughtNew insight into the function of a gene...

Smallest-reported artificial virus could help advance gene therapy

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Gene therapy is a kind of experimental treatment that is designed to fix faulty genetic material and help a patient fight off or recover from a disease.

Circadian rhythm gene affects malignant breast cancer's spread

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

Sleep cycle interruptions may affect breast cancer formation and metastasis.

Oxytocin may intensify spiritual beliefs

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:00:00 PDT

It is widely known as the 'love hormone' due to its role in social bonding, but new research suggests oxytocin may also play a role in spiritual beliefs.

A common genetic variant regulates the mental health benefits of exercise

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new study revealed that a common genetic variant in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene reduces the neurobiological benefits induced by physical exercise in mice.

Researchers develop new genetic tool to identify people at risk of coronary heart disease

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A new genetic risk score that could help to identify individuals at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) much earlier and potentially improve its prevention has been developed in research...

Examining mitochondrial DNA may help identify unknown ancestry that influences breast cancer risk

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person's risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds.

Sudden infant cardiac death explained by gene mutation

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

A team of researchers, including scientists from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, have linked a faulty gene to the deaths of seemingly healthy children whose hearts suddenly stopped.

The memory of a heart attack is stored in our genes

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Both heredity and environmental factors influence our risk of cardiovascular disease.

Study quantifies risks of developing mental health problems if brother or sister affected

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition?

'Obesity gene' does not hinder weight loss

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The belief that so-called obesity genes can hinder weight loss is called into question by a new study review. Genetics may not be so vital after all.

Smoking may affect DNA for more than 30 years

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Some DNA methylation sites associated with smoking remain even 30 years after quitting smoking, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

Genes essential to life are enriched for human disease genes, large-scale mouse phenotyping study shows

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Roughly a third of all genes in the mammalian genome are essential for life.

Perkins researchers turn on cancer killing genes

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have used an exciting new technology to successfully switch on dormant tumour suppressor genes in multiple cancer types.

New study highlights gene that could lead to new therapies for ALS

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have published a new study that describes a novel molecular mechanism that could lead to the development of new therapies for Amyotrophic...

Growth Hormone Injections: Uses and Side Effects

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Growth hormone injections can be needed by children and adults alike. Learn more about why they are needed and the alternative uses of these injections.

Cancer: Four-stranded DNA could help develop targeted treatments

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 07:00:00 PDT

By discovering how quadruple-helix DNA may help cancer progress, researchers come up with a possible new way to target cancer cells selectively.

Genetic causes of small head size share common mechanism

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Microcephaly is a rare disorder that stunts brain development in utero, resulting in an abnormally small head.

Study results advance 'transposon theory of aging'

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study increases and strengthens the links that have led scientists to propose the "transposon theory of aging.

Quadruple helix form of DNA may aid in the development of targeted cancer therapies

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Scientists have identified where a four-stranded version of DNA exists within the genome of human cells, and suggest that it may hold a key to developing new, targeted therapies for cancer.

A chromosome anomaly may cause malaria-transmitting mosquito to prefer feeding on cattle

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Engineering mosquitos to carry genes related to feeding behavior located within this anomaly maybe one strategy to reduce malaria's spread.