genetic basis

Cancer research finds two genetic variants


October 10th, 2011 - 4:44 pm ICT by IANS
Brisbane (Australia), Oct 10 (IANS) Scientists have discovered two new genetic variants that increase the risk of melanoma skin cancer.The variants were discovered in the study of the DNA of ... Read more...

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Previously unrecognized susceptibility factor for bipolar disorder identified


March 4th, 2011 - 5:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 4 (ANI): Scientists have shed new light on the genetic basis of bipolar disorder, a highly heritable mood disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of mania and depression.The new study ... Read more...

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Dull brain? Blame it on family genes!


March 4th, 2011 - 2:48 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, March 4 (IANS) Your family's genetic make-up may explain why your brain is sharp or dull, so says researchers.Alex Fornito from the University Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre said the findings ... Read more...

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How well our brain functions is based on our family’s genes


March 4th, 2011 - 11:33 am ICT by ANI
Washington, March 04 (ANI): A new study, led by University of Melbourne, has shown that how well our brain functions is largely based on our family's genetic makeup.The study provides the first ... Read more...

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New chocolate genome sequence could make ‘food of the gods’ better


December 27th, 2010 - 12:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 27 (ANI): An international team of scientists has identified a variety of gene families that may help improve the production of the high quality chocolate.The team, lead by Claire Lanaud ... Read more...

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It’s true - winter blues really do exist!


December 21st, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 21 (ANI): Do you feel low during winters or are you the kind who hates summers? Turns out, weather affects our moods more than we think.Researchers at Humboldt University in ... Read more...

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Same gene linked to Alzheimer’s and heart attacks


December 10th, 2010 - 12:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 10 (ANI): A new study has found that Alzheimer's disease and heart attacks share common genetic basis.It may pave way for the first genetic test on developing the risk of ... Read more...

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Telling kids to clean their plate may produce fussy eaters


November 22nd, 2010 - 2:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 22 (ANI): A study has suggested that telling your child to clean their plate may help produce a fussy eater, while tight control of what they eat could make children ... Read more...

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Plants, animals use similar mechanism when fending off diseases


November 19th, 2010 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 19 (ANI): Through the ages, plants and animals have developed strikingly similar mechanisms for detecting microbial invasions and resisting diseases, says a new study.This revelation is a result 15 years ... Read more...

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People who sweat to shocking images are more likely to vote


October 9th, 2010 - 2:51 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 09 (ANI): If your heart starts pouncing and you start sweating by watching some awful pictures, then you are most likely to vote, say researchers.A researcher has indicated that ... Read more...

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Our choices as consumers are governed by genes


September 21st, 2010 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) Clues to consumer behaviour may be lurking in our genes, says a new study. Itamar Simonson of the Stanford University and Aner Sela of University of Florida, both ... Read more...

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Genes affect our liking towards chocolate and hybrid cars


September 21st, 2010 - 1:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 21 (ANI): Blame your inclination towards chocolates and hybrid cars to your genes, says a new study, which found that clues to consumer behaviour may be lurking our genes."We examine ... Read more...

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New study could improve diagnosis and treatment of malaria


September 9th, 2010 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 9 (ANI): After examining genomic features of a population of malaria parasites in Peru, researchers have found that it is possible to improve the efficacy of diagnosis and treatment strategies ... Read more...

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How babies draw their first breath


July 24th, 2010 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 24 (ANI): Scientists may have found the answer to the long-standing mystery - how newborn mammals draw their first breath after life in a fluid-filled womb.The find could help them ... Read more...

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Good looks make you an ‘extrovert’


July 6th, 2010 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 6 (ANI): If you are an attractive man or a woman, chances are that you are quite an extrovert.Evolutionary psychologist Aaron Lukaszewski of the University of California at Santa Barbara ... Read more...

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Brit study to identify reasons behind increased aneurysms risk in men


June 19th, 2010 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 19 (ANI): A new research currently underway at the University of Leicester, UK, may identify reasons behind an increased risk of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (AAA) in men.In her doctoral study, ... Read more...

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3 gene mutations hold the key to suicidal behaviour


June 16th, 2010 - 5:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): Mutations in three genes could predispose people to suicidal behaviour, found a study study by a team of Spanish researchers at Mount Sinai Hospital and Columbia University in ... Read more...

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Genetic link to diseases in mixed populations decoded


June 12th, 2010 - 7:24 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 12 (IANS) Understanding the genetic ancestry of mixed populations can not only help to detect their origins but also to understand the genetic basis of complex diseases, says a new ... Read more...

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Scientists discover new genes for cancer, other diseases in plants, yeast and worms


April 14th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 14 (ANI): While studying the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast, scientists at The University of Texas at Austin discovered new genes responsible for causing human ... Read more...

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Scientists sequence giant panda genome to shed new light into the bear’s diet


February 22nd, 2010 - 1:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): By successfully sequencing the panda genome for the first time, an international team of scientists has shed new light on some of the giant panda's unusual biological traits, ... Read more...

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Traveling long distances spurs evolution of larger and pointier wings in butterflies


February 12th, 2010 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 12 (ANI): A University of Georgia study has found that monarch butterflies that migrate long distances have evolved significantly larger and more elongated wings than their stationary cousins.As part of ... Read more...

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Some genes boost odds for distributing variety of traits, drive evolution


December 28th, 2009 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 28 (ANI): Two Johns Hopkins scientists have said that genes that don't themselves directly affect the inherited characteristics of an organism but leave them increasingly open to variation may be ... Read more...

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Scientists complete sequencing Tibetan antelope genome


December 25th, 2009 - 7:50 pm ICT by IANS
Xining (China), Dec 25 (IANS) Chinese scientists said Friday they have completed sequencing the genome of the Tibetan antelope which will hopefully explain the pathogenesis of chronic plateau sickness. Tibetan antelopes, which live ... Read more...

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Scientists using gene therapy to stall Huntington’s disease


November 1st, 2009 - 11:23 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 1 (ANI): Scientists from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have suggested a gene therapy that is capable of stalling the development of Huntington's disease.Huntington's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder with ... Read more...

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Mechanism for evolution of sex chromosomes identified by scientists


October 2nd, 2009 - 4:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, October 2 (ANI): In a new research, biologists have genetically mapped the sex chromosomes of several species of cichlid fish from Lake Malawi, East Africa, and identified a mechanism by which ... Read more...

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New gene linked to progressive hearing loss identified


September 4th, 2009 - 4:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 4(ANI): Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have discovered a gene responsible for progressive hearing loss.The has team found a gene, called Loxhd1, which is necessary for maintaining proper functioning ... Read more...

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Spare gene in fish provides raw materials for evolution of new traits


September 4th, 2009 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, September 4 (ANI): In a new research, scientists have discovered that a duplicate copy of a gene involved in embryonic development of fish has taken up a newer role in the ... Read more...

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New approach may help uncover disease-causing genetic variants


August 17th, 2009 - 2:43 pm ICT by ANI
London, August 17 (ANI): A group of scientists in the U.S. have shown the feasibility and value of a new strategy for identifying relatively rare genetic variants that may cause or contribute ... Read more...

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New analytical method to detect genetic causes of complex diseases


August 7th, 2009 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 7 (ANI): Computational biologists at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new analytical technique to detect the genetic causes behind complex disease syndromes like diabetes, asthma and cancer, which are ... Read more...

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DNA mutation in birds can lead to evolution of new species


August 6th, 2009 - 12:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 6 (ANI): A single mutation in the DNA of birds can not only lead to a striking color change in their offspring, it can also potentially lead to the evolution ... Read more...

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Scientists identify genes that let creepy-crawlies in Arctic survive deep freeze


July 21st, 2009 - 4:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 21 (ANI): A team of scientists has identified a suite of genes that help Arctic springtails survive freezing temperatures by dehydrating themselves before the coldest weather sets in.Melody Clark ... Read more...

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Baboons and humans tackle malarial infection similarly


June 25th, 2009 - 2:29 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 25 (ANI): When it comes to coping with malaria, baboons and humans have similar stories to tell, according to researchers at the Duke University Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy.The ... Read more...

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Animals make more complex decisions about choosing mates than earlier thought


June 9th, 2009 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 9 (ANI): Purdue University researchers have shown that animals make more complex decisions about choosing mates than earlier thought.Andrew DeWoody, who led the study published in the journal Molecular Ecology, ... Read more...

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Genetic link between dental disease, heart attack identified


May 26th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 25 (ANI): Scientists from University of Kiel, Germany have identified a genetic link between dental disease periodontitis and coronary heart disease (CHD).Dr. Arne Schaefer, of the Institute for Clinical Molecular ... Read more...

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Genes switching on menstruation identified


May 18th, 2009 - 5:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 18 (IANS) In findings that could improve understanding of human growth, researchers have identified two genes that switch on the process of menstruation among women. The finding could help ... Read more...

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