Genetic markers predict postpartum depression

The following is an edited excerpt.

Researchers say that pregnant women may soon be able to take a blood test to identify if they have epigenetic modifications that indicate may indicate a higher risk of developing postpartum depression.

In a small study of 52 pregnant women, researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found changes in certain genes which they could pick up in the blood, that distinguished women who went on to suffer from postpartum from those who did not.

The genetic changes were epigenetic modifications, which means they were not permanent alterations in the women’s genomes but instead reflected differences in the way these genes were activated.

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
Talking Biotech
Genetics Unzipped
Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

Infographic: What are mRNA COVID-19 vaccines and how do they work?

As of 1 December 2020, thirteen vaccines have reached the final stage of testing: where they are being given to ...

Environmental Working Group: EWG challenges safety of GMOs, food pesticide residues

Known by some as the "Environmental Worrying Group," EWG lobbies ...
m hansen

Michael Hansen: Architect of Consumers Union ongoing anti-GMO campaign

Michael K. Hansen (born 1956) is thought by critics to be ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend