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Breast cancer and BRCA: Mutation doesn’t affect patient survival rate

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found ...
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Why this winter’s flu is wreaking so much havoc

To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza ...
Sex and genetics: We're looking for someone who isn't an exact match of ourselves

Sex and genetics: We’re looking for someone who isn’t an exact match of ourselves

We know that both men and woman are attracted to each other's shapes. But human sexual desire, and partner preference, ...
Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Hormones released into an expectant mother's bloodstream may affect the child's intelligence, mental health and susceptibility to stress, among other ...
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic testing guided what to do next.

Genetics counselor and writer Ricki Lewis explains how a breast cancer diagnosis led her to genetic testing—and why she decided ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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Can a genetic test tell you how to lose weight? 23andMe is trying to find out

23andMe is kicking off a massive study into the genetics of weight loss that the company says will involve 100,000 people crowdsourced ...
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Genetics may explain why some people outperform others even when deprived of sleep

When deprived of sleep, some people are able to cope and respond much better than others. Although scientists have identified genes ...
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Obesity linked to brain cell ‘antenna,’ opening potential treatment pathway

The key to controlling hunger and fighting obesity is in brain cells that produce hormones, according to research. ... Scientists ...
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Perfect workout: Could genetic tests identify your optimal training routine?

A new review examines the potential of genetic testing for creating personalized exercise regimens for physical training and for identifying ...
After 60 years, best friends find out they’re biological half-brothers

After 60 years, best friends find out they’re biological half-brothers

Seventy-four-year-old Walter Macfarlane and 72-year-old Alan Robinson have been friends for more than 60 years. Born in Honolulu, they first ...
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Treating the concussion epidemic: Could spit tests identify those most likely to recover slowly?

A study found that microRNA in the saliva may offer early warning signs about a person's likelihood of recovering quickly ...
Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children 'gaze' and view interactions

Twin studies suggest our genes heavily influence how children ‘gaze’ and view interactions

The way children view both social and nonsocial situations may be determined at least in part by their genes, a ...
Does our genetics 'determine' how 'smart' we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Does our genetics ‘determine’ how ‘smart’ we can become? Debate erupts in Britain

Education in England is no better than mediocre, and billions of pounds have been wasted on pointless university courses and ...
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‘Junk DNA’: Mining our genome’s dark matter for new disease treatments

The term junk DNA was used to describe sequences that that do not code for proteins. Largely ignored by researchers, ...
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Nature and nurture: Environment and genes contribute equally to risk of depression

For the first time, researchers have found that the environment you’re raised in is as important as your genes in ...
Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen ...
How drinking alcohol 'snaps' DNA, raising your cancer risk

How drinking alcohol ‘snaps’ DNA, raising your cancer risk

Drinking alcohol raises the risk of cancer by damaging DNA, scientists have discovered for the first time, leading health experts ...
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Halitosis: The genetic basis of bad breath

Most people would tell you that bad breath is brought on by a combination of bad luck and garlic. According ...
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‘Müllerian mimicry’: Gut microbes ‘speak the language’ of your immune system

Müllerian mimicry is a well-studied phenomenon, particularly in butterflies, in which completely unrelated species come to display the same patterns ...
Luxturna gene therapy approved for vision loss

Luxturna gene therapy approved for vision loss

The first two novel gene therapies for cancer treatment passed through FDA approval earlier this year, first B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) followed quickly ...
Exercise and weight loss: 23andMe study to explore how much genes matter

Exercise and weight loss: 23andMe study to explore how much genes matter

23andMe, following a banner Christmas season for sales of its personal DNA-testing kits, has just announced a large-scale study intended ...
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Personalized piglets could offer insights into disease progression in children

To better understand [incurable inherited disease neurofibromatosis type 1, Charles] Konsitzke learned, you need a species that’s closer in both ...
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5 things you should know before buying a consumer DNA test kit

Genetic testing kits you can do at home seem to be on many holiday wish lists this year; one even landed ...
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Why are children picky eaters? Genetics may play key role

Children who are picky eaters may have their genetics to blame, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Illinois in ...
Why we stutter

Why we stutter

While the average American might not come across it on a daily basis, stuttering is a relatively common condition. So when ...
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Can CRISPR really save lives? People with beta thalassemia blood disease likely first human trial subjects

For those who have no idea what CRISPR is all about, the abbreviation means “Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.” ...
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What differentiates humans from chimps: Differing DNA or different expression of similar genes

Scientists have found genetic changes that make brains bigger and may help explain why we are so different from chimpanzees ...