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Colombian town with world’s largest Fragile X cluster likely linked to 18th century founder

A semirural Colombian town called Ricaurte, about 150 miles southwest of Bogotá, may be home to the largest recorded genetic ...
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New online study of BRCA cancer risk in Ashkenazi Jews could provide new model for genetic testing

A new study will provide free testing for three mutations that substantially increase the risk for developing breast, ovarian and ...
Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

Men, women respond differently to genes linked to depression

In men and women diagnosed with major depressive disorder, the same genes show the opposite changes. In other words, the ...
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Animals with unique traits open window into understanding human diseases

From a bat’s wings to an elephant’s cancer resistance, an interdisciplinary team of scientists at University of Utah Health are ...
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Air pollution influences gene expression and disease more than our ancestry

Exposure to air pollution doesn’t just lead to illnesses like asthma and lung ailments, it can also alter the way ...
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Unexplained ailments? Genetic mutations may be responsible

Gregor Mendel discovered fundamental rules of genetics by raising pea plants. He realized that hidden factors — we now know ...
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Feelings of empathy shaped in part by our genetics

Parents are used to getting the blame for their children’s emotional defects. When it comes to empathy, it turns out ...
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‘Wily’ gene: How RAS—found in 30 percent of all cancers—has eluded treatment for 35 years

The mutated gene is called RAS, and it's the very first human cancer gene ever discovered. It's also amazingly common ...
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Clinically questionable consumer DNA tests challenging for genetic counselors to interpret

Home genetic tests like AncestryDNA and 23andMe are more popular than ever, with sales topping $99 million in 2017. But ...
7,300-year-old ancestor explains why Nigerians, Congolese and Indians most likely to get sickle cell anaemia

7,300-year-old ancestor explains why Nigerians, Congolese and Indians most likely to get sickle cell anaemia

A one-time gene mutation in a West African human millennia ago gave them immunity to malaria and doomed some of ...
Good and potentially bad about FDA's greenlighting of 23andMe direct-to-consumer BRCA mutation tests

Good and potentially bad about FDA’s greenlighting of 23andMe direct-to-consumer BRCA mutation tests

News that consumers will soon be able to purchase a genetic test for three BRCA mutations may seem like déjà ...
3-7-2018 diet-1_wide-bdd7ee3c046b6c59576f9fecd00c0ab4d3bdb87c-s900-c85

Nutritional and dietary advice based on your DNA is pseudoscience

A new generation of food-tech companies has appeared that, for just a few hundred pounds, will test your DNA and ...
Brain inflammation–encephalitis–in children linked to single gene mutation

Brain inflammation–encephalitis–in children linked to single gene mutation

For most children, an infection with a virus like herpes simplex or influenza (the flu) will cause the typical symptoms and run ...
World's largest family tree could help explain why we stopped marrying our cousins

World’s largest family tree could help explain why we stopped marrying our cousins

Before the Industrial Revolution in the United States, Canada and Europe, you might have ended up married to a fourth ...
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23andMe adds 120 geographic regions to make genetic ancestry results more precise

If you’ve ever taken an ancestry DNA test, you probably already know that the results aren’t exactly precise. Sometimes you wind ...
DNA dating pseudoscience: Why you can't find true love based on genetic compatibility

DNA dating pseudoscience: Why you can’t find true love based on genetic compatibility

Described by Wired as “a sort of 23andMe meets Tinder meets monogamists,” Pheramor’s secret to success is your DNA. That’s right—for ...
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‘White-hat hacker’ Columbia University geneticist Yaniv Erlich maps his 13-million-person family tree

Yaniv Erlich has been a white-hat hacker and a geneticist at Columbia University, and now he works for a genealogy company. This unusual ...
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How the genetics revolution is upending our concept of disease—and how that could improve healthcare

What is a disease? This seemingly abstract and theoretical question is actually among the most practical questions in all of ...
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Consumer genetics first: 23andMe gets OK to sell limited DNA test for cancer risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared 23andMe to sell directly to customers a DNA test for gene mutations ...
2-28-2018 Peripheral-Neuropathy-is-Common-After-Breast-Cancer-Treatment-1440x810

Adding 24 new mutations to breast cancer risk calculations

Twenty-four previously unknown mutations that raise a woman's risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by scientists. The 'ground-breaking' findings [February ...
2-26-2018 Fit body

Trying to lose weight? Don’t expect help from a personal genetics test

There are [genetic] tests tailored to tell you about your diet, your fitness, your complexion—even your wine preference. ... But researchers will tell ...
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Video: Watch DNA organization in real time

Your body is truly amazing. Every cell inside of it is capable of organizing massive messes of DNA into chromosomes ...
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Quest to find ‘Olympic genes’ comes up short—so far

In 2014, the former Soviet nation of Uzbekistan announced a plan that it hoped would give it a leg up ...
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DNA fortune telling: Genetic tests could determine disease destiny from birth

There’s never been data available on as many people’s genes as there is today. And that wealth of information is ...
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Seeking a connection between autism and the brain’s memory center

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes, a new study ...
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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...
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Genetic facial recognition may be headed our way

If the accuracy ever gets high enough, there would still be some interesting applications (including the privacy problem) of [genetic] ...
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How the vampire bat came to feed on blood, and what we can learn from its droppings

Why do the three species of vampire bats eat only blood, compared to the 1,240 other species that are perfectly ...

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