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Obesity linked to genes

There has been an alarming rise in the number of obese people in the last few decades and the epidemic ...

Gene therapy cures siblings of “bubble boy” syndrome

Abbygail Ainslie was born perfect in July 2011. She weighed nine pounds and the genetic tests that have become standard ...

Genetic development may protect the Maasai people of Africa

The Maasai are a very special people who live primarily from farming and livestock activities in Kenya and Tanzania. They ...

Epigenetics emerges powerfully as a clinical tool

A study coordinated by Manel Esteller, published in Nature Reviews Genetics, highlights the success of this area of research to ...

Tastier beef by genetic design

New research to examine the link between genetics and health and meat-eating quality has just begun at the Tully research ...

Home genetic test for alcoholism may carry perils

Being told you have a genetic predisposition to alcoholism could make you feel you have less control over your drinking, ...

Gene to gene interactions important to trait variance

Gaining more insight into predicting how genes affect physical or behavioral traits by charting the genotype-phenotype map holds promise to ...
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Genetic blueprint of unborn baby in sight

Sequencing the whole genome of a fetus could provide a medical early warning on a previously unknown scale - but ...

Will personalized medicine challenge or reify categories of race and ethnicity?

In the last 5 years, medical geneticists have been conducting studies to examine possible links between DNA and disease on ...

Fumbled DNA tests mean peril for breast-cancer patients

Debbie McCarron was prepared to get both of her breasts taken off if a blood test in December 2006 revealed ...

Genetic study stirs hope for lung cancer patients

The first large and comprehensive study of the genetics of a common lung cancer finds that more than half the ...

Genetic clues to causes of liver disease

Researchers have newly identified three genetic regions associated with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC), the most common autoimmune liver disease, increasing ...

India: Give up the fear of GM crops, says Indian farmer

The parliamentary committee report on genetically modified (GM) organisms is an attempt to give a quiet burial to biotechnology in ...
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Personal genomics: New drugs target common cancers

Tens of thousands of Americans with tumors from certain types of lung cancer have mutations that might be treated by ...
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Food labeling: Should environmentalists be pro-GM?

Half a century on from Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring, debate rages over GM food labeling proposals ...

Researchers identify stem cells responsible for tissue repair

The skin, which is an essential barrier that protects our body against the external environment, undergoes constant turnover throughout life ...

Gene sequencing project builds the foundation for next generation of childhood cancer care

As St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital celebrates its 50th anniversary and marks September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, investigators are ...

Animal genetics help scientists understand diseases

Not only have great strides been made in human genetics but also in animal genetics. This is important because such ...
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Medical ethicist examines ‘how to build a better human’

Science moves fast these days, and remarkable tools for human enhancement seem to emerge frenetically. Society often questions the way ...

Human genome far more active than thought

The GENCODE Consortium expects the human genome has twice as many genes than previously thought, many of which might have ...

New approach for efficient analysis of emerging genetic data

With the ability to sequence human genes comes an onslaught of raw material about the genetic characteristics that distinguish us, ...
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‘Gene switches’ in ‘junk DNA’ control human health

The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that reside in bits of DNA that once ...
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What does cheap genome sequencing mean for the future of medicine?

The human genome has been heralded as the key to personalized medicine, but for the longest time complete sequencing of ...

Gene therapy restores sense of smell in mice, may aid research into other diseases

Scientists have restored the sense of smell in mice through gene therapy for the first time—a hopeful sign for people ...

First GM camels to be engineered for drug production

The project aims to slash the prices of life-saving drugs — including insulin, and clotting factors for treating haemophilia — ...
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Evidence matters in genomic medicine: Cancer genomic tests

In a previous blog, CDC’s Office of Public Health Genomics announced a list of health-related genomic tests and applications, stratified ...

Newborn screening can help prevent problems

Newborn babies are screened, even if they look healthy, because some medical conditions cannot be seen by just looking at ...
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Organic myth: No evidence that expensive ‘natural’ foods are healthier or better for the environment

There is remarkably little difference in nutritional value or risk for bacterial contamination between more expensive organic and conventional foods ...