How genes influence mouth bacteria and tooth decay

How genes influence mouth bacteria and tooth decay

Catharine Paddock | 
The composition of our oral bacteria when we are very young is predominantly influenced by our genetic background. But as ...
Mysterious ‘jumping genes’ responsible for spontaneous diseases at birth

Mysterious ‘jumping genes’ responsible for spontaneous diseases at birth

Yella Hewings-Martin | 
Nearly half [of our genes are] made up of jumping genes, which are also called mobile DNA or mobile genetic ...
Is there a genetic link between Alzheimer's and higher childhood IQs?

Is there a genetic link between Alzheimer’s and higher childhood IQs?

Maria Cohut | 
Mutations of the amyloid precursor protein gene are known to be involved in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Now, new ...
Early onset menopause and type 2 diabetes may be genetically linked

Early onset menopause and type 2 diabetes may be genetically linked

Mario Cohut | 
The early onset of menopause has been shown to correlate with a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according ...
Two new genetic mutations linked to Alzheimer's

Two new genetic mutations linked to Alzheimer’s

Ana Sandoiu | 
New research moves us closer to understanding the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer's disease, as scientists find two new genes that ...
Muscle strength may be in the genes —16 of them

Muscle strength may be in the genes —16 of them

Catharine Paddock | 
For the first time, scientists have discovered common genetic factors that influence muscle strength. The discovery offers new insights into ...
Organs from stem cells: Are we getting close?

Organs from stem cells: Are we getting close?

Yella Hewings-Martin | 
The concept behind tissue engineering is simple: grow the patient's stem cells in the laboratory, add them to a scaffold ...
Working late-night shifts may wreck your body's ability to repair its DNA

Working late-night shifts may wreck your body’s ability to repair its DNA

Ana Sandoiu | 
Working at night has been associated with a wide range of negative health effects, including cognitive impairment, metabolic disorders, and breast cancer...Now, new ...
Testicular cancer risks identified, raising hopes for screening test

Testicular cancer risks identified, raising hopes for screening test

Catharine Paddock | 
A new study brings closer the day when healthy men will be able to undergo a genetic test that shows ...
Epileptic seizures could be reduced by boosting micro-gene

Epileptic seizures could be reduced by boosting micro-gene

Ana Sandoiu | 
[Epileptic] seizures can have genetic causes or can be triggered by different kinds of neural injury. All brains are prone ...
Shared vision: Identical twins see the world the same—even as they age

Shared vision: Identical twins see the world the same—even as they age

Tim Newman | 
Over recent years, it has become clear that some of the larger defects in vision - such as myopia (nearsightedness) ...
Potential melanoma treatment uses protein that repairs damaged DNA

Potential melanoma treatment uses protein that repairs damaged DNA

Catharine Paddock | 
Scientists have discovered that the immune environment inside melanomas with mutations in the protein ATR...is altered in ways that promote ...
Multiple sclerosis treatment could 'reset' immune system with stem cell therapy

Multiple sclerosis treatment could ‘reset’ immune system with stem cell therapy

Honor Whiteman | 
New research provides further evidence of autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation as an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis, after finding ...
For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

For people with congenital hearing loss, gene therapy successful in mice offers promise

Hannah Nichols | 
An improved gene therapy vector restores hearing and balance in genetically deaf mice, according to Boston's Children's Hospital researchers...[T]he mice's ...
'Window of opportunity' to treat thyroid disease: Genetically modified stem cells

‘Window of opportunity’ to treat thyroid disease: Genetically modified stem cells

Catharine Paddock | 
Scientists have found a way to efficiently engineer new thyroid cells from stem cells. The discovery, performed in mice, is ...
Lack of exercise, as much as genetic factors, may contribute to dementia

Lack of exercise, as much as genetic factors, may contribute to dementia

Honor Whiteman | 
One of the biggest risk factors for Alzheimer's disease is the apolipoprotein E (APOE) e4 gene. According to the Alzheimer's ...
Heart defects in babies with cleft lip and palate linked to gene defect

Heart defects in babies with cleft lip and palate linked to gene defect

Ana Sandoiu | 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that approximately 2,650 babies are born with a cleft palate every ...
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Even mild brain trauma could be dangerous for those at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Catharine Paddock | 
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is a known risk factor for diseases that gradually destroy the brain - such as late-onset ...
Stem cells restore sight in lab mice with end-stage retinal degeneration

Stem cells restore sight in lab mice with end-stage retinal degeneration

Tim Newman | 
The number of individuals who lose their sight due to end-stage retinal degeneration is steadily rising and currently, it cannot ...
Stomachs grown from stem cells could yield secrets of digestion

Stomachs grown from stem cells could yield secrets of digestion

Tim Newman | 
Stomach-related diseases are common, affecting millions of people. An estimated 25 percent of individuals in the United States are affected ...
Single gene may make deadly brain cancer more fatal

Single gene may make deadly brain cancer more fatal

Scientists have identified a gene that is overactive in a deadly form of brain cancer known as glioblastoma, according to ...

What you eat influences which genes your gut microbes switch on and off

Catharine Paddock | 
New research provides further evidence of the important role that gut microbes play in health - by revealing they alter ...
Sickle cell cure now seen as possible as scientists remove faulty gene with CRISPR

Sickle cell cure now seen as possible as scientists remove faulty gene with CRISPR

Catharine Paddock | 
Researchers have found a way to repair the faulty gene that causes sickle cell disease, which they suggest is a ...

Gene mutation that slows down brain activity found in people with autism

Honor Whiteman | 
There is currently no cure for autism or treatments that tackle the core symptoms, only behavioral therapies and medications that ...
Pituitary problems decrease production of oxytocin, reduces empathy

Pituitary problems decrease production of oxytocin, reduces empathy

Ana Sandoiu | 
Oxytocin is a hormone...[that] has earned the nickname "the love hormone" because we secrete it when we form bonds with our ...
Genes for obesity do not prevent or hinder weight loss, scientists find

Genes for obesity do not prevent or hinder weight loss, scientists find

Tim Newman | 
Recent research into the genetics of obesity has uncovered a range of gene loci associated with body mass index (BMI) ...

Antibiotic medications can have long-lasting effects on gut microbiome

Yvette Brazier | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  For 70 years, antimicrobial ...

US Marines study finds link between PTSD and immune system

Honor Whiteman | 
A new study of blood samples from US Marines has identified genetic markers associated with post-traumatic stress disorder that are ...