genetic changes

Smoking fathers pass on damaged genes to kids


June 25th, 2012 - 11:19 am ICT by IANS
London, June 25 (IANS) British researchers have found the men quite fond of smoking actually go on to pass damaged DNA to their children as fathers while raising risk of ... Read more...

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Offspring of older fathers may live longer


June 12th, 2012 - 2:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 12 (IANS) If your father and grandfather waited until they were older before reproducing, you might experience life-extending benefits. "If your father and grandfather were able to live ... Read more...

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Iraqi cancer patient finds hope in India


May 23rd, 2012 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The last six months have been a constant struggle and an endless journey for Abdul Ameer Ismail Yakoob. A citizen of Iraq, he travelled from ... Read more...

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Gene duplication gave humans powerful brain


May 4th, 2012 - 4:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 4 (IANS) The genetic changes that account for the bulk of differences between humans and primates boils down to a single factor - gene duplication, which gave us ... Read more...

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Cholesterol shows promise in fighting cancer


April 23rd, 2012 - 1:29 pm ICT by IANS
Toronto, April 23 (IANS) Researchers at Simon Fraser University have concluded that cholesterol may have a few good qualities like slowing or halting cancer cell growth, after all the bad ... Read more...

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Genetic changes make cancer deadly


March 8th, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, March 8 (IANS) A single cancer can be dramatically different within one person, say experts. They discovered that different parts of a tumour can have different genes.And a tumour ... Read more...

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Entire genome of extinct human decoded from finger bone


February 8th, 2012 - 6:46 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 8 (IANS) German anthropologists have decoded the entire genome sequence of a Denisovan, representative of the extinct Asian group related to Neanderthals, from a finger bone fossil, a ... Read more...

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Separation at birth triggers genomic changes in kids


December 6th, 2011 - 5:35 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) Children who feel the pangs of separation from parents at birth and are brought up in orphanages undergo genetic changes, reveals a study. "Our study shows ... Read more...

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Study links air pollution to premenopausal breast cancer in later life


April 21st, 2011 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 21 (ANI): Researchers at the University at Buffalo have shown that exposure to air pollution early in life and when a woman gives birth to her first child may alter ... Read more...

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Gene-based controls ‘could stop mosquitoes spreading malaria’


April 21st, 2011 - 11:19 am ICT by ANI
London, April 21 (ANI): Scientists around the world are keenly seeking novel strategies to tackle malaria.Now, scientists at Imperial College London and the University of Washington, Seattle, have developed gene-based control measures ... Read more...

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Genetic changes responsible for sweet tooth


April 5th, 2011 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 05 (ANI): A new research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, has shown that the substance ghrelin, which plays an important role in various addictions, such as alcoholism and binge-eating, ... Read more...

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Genetic changes that may predispose women to pre-eclampsia found


March 23rd, 2011 - 1:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 23 (ANI): A team of scientists have discovered genetic defects that appear to predispose women to a common pregnancy-related medical problem called preeclampsia that can threaten the life of both ... Read more...

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New technology could serve as a future cancer predisposition test


February 23rd, 2011 - 3:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): Scientists have developed a new technology that detects distinct genetic changes differentiating cancer patients from healthy individuals and could serve as a future cancer predisposition test.The research team, ... Read more...

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Multiple approaches needed to solve world’s food problems


February 19th, 2011 - 5:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): A Penn State biologist has said that researchers need to use all available resources in an integrated approach to put agriculture on a path to solve the world's ... Read more...

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New study predicts future evolution of flu viruses


February 18th, 2011 - 5:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): A University of Pennsylvania research is trying to crack the code of which strain of flu will be prevalent in a given year, with major implications for global ... Read more...

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Plants adapt genetically to survive unfavourable environments


February 1st, 2011 - 6:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 1 (ANI): A Purdue University study has discovered genetic evidence of how some plants adapt to live in unfavourable conditions.The findings could one day be used to help food crops ... Read more...

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Genome code for most common form of pediatric brain cancer cracked


December 17th, 2010 - 12:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 17 (ANI): The genetic code for medulloblastoma, the most common pediatric brain cancer and a leading killer of children with cancer, have been decoded by scientists at the Johns Hopkins ... Read more...

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Human skin turned into 3-D cancers in tissue culture dishes


November 22nd, 2010 - 3:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 22 (ANI): For the first time ever, Stanford University researchers have successfully transformed normal human tissue into three-dimensional cancers in a tissue culture dish.Watching how the cells behave as they ... Read more...

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Autism study reveals how genetic changes rewire the brain


November 4th, 2010 - 1:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 04 (ANI): Scientists have demystified how genetic variants rewire the brain and it could help in finding therapies for rebalancing the brain's circuitry in early development.Using a blend of brain ... Read more...

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Malaria causing mosquitoes evolving into new species


October 24th, 2010 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 24 (IANS) Two strains of Africa's most notorious malaria mosquitoes are evolving into new species, having implications for combating the disease as the vectors could become immune to control strategies. ... Read more...

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Manipulating muscle stem cells could treat muscular dystrophy


October 10th, 2010 - 4:50 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 10 (ANI): A team of scientists recently uncovered the molecular messengers that translate inflammatory signals into the genetic changes that tell muscle stem cells to differentiate.At Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute ... Read more...

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How genetic changes make some brain cancers more aggressive


October 2nd, 2010 - 4:13 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 02 (ANI): A study has provided new insight into genetic changes that make some forms of glioblastoma, the most common type of primary brain cancer, more aggressive than others and ... Read more...

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Exposure to low doses of BPA alters mice ovaries


August 26th, 2010 - 6:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 26 (ANI): A new research showed that exposure to low doses of BPA altered gene expression in the fetal mouse ovary.Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used in plastics for ... Read more...

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Genes linked to aggressive breast cancer identified


August 17th, 2010 - 11:47 am ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 17 (ANI): Scientists have for the first time identified 12 genes that could be associated with aggressive breast tumours.Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, say their discovery could ... Read more...

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Genetic changes linked to diet, alcohol could predict breast cancer severity


July 31st, 2010 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 31 (ANI): Epigenetic changes to DNA in breast cancers are directly linked with diet, alcohol, and tumour size, and could hence give a glimpse of the severity of the disease, ... Read more...

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Tibetans underwent ‘fastest genetic change’ in human history to thrive at high altitude


July 2nd, 2010 - 2:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 2 (ANI): Tibetans split off from the Han Chinese some 3,000 years ago and since then rapidly developed a unique ability to thrive at high altitudes and low oxygen levels, ... Read more...

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How a Mediterranean diet rich in olive oil protects against heart disease


July 1st, 2010 - 2:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 1 (ANI): It is well-known that olive oil and a Mediterranean diet are associated with a lower risk for cardiovascular disease, but a new research offers a surprising reason why: ... Read more...

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How complex genetic variations determine our height


June 21st, 2010 - 1:40 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, June 21 (ANI): The combined effect of numerous minute genetic variations in many of our genes determines our height, according to a new Australian study.Researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical ... Read more...

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Chain of molecular events that increases skin cancer risk identified


June 3rd, 2010 - 5:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 3 (ANI): Scientists have identified a chain of molecular events that increase one's risk of sun-induced skin cancer.The study, appearing online in The FASEB Journal, may lead to new tests ... Read more...

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Study on flies may help offer insight into human metabolic disease


June 1st, 2010 - 1:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 1 (ANI): Commonalities between flies and humans can help offer a valuable new model for galactosemia, a metabolic disease resulting from an inherited defect that prevents the proper metabolism of ... Read more...

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First step towards developing personalised cancer treatments


April 15th, 2010 - 6:25 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 15 (ANI): Leading cancer researchers from around the world are working together to catalogue the genetic changes of the 50 most common cancers.They say it's the first step towards developing ... Read more...

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‘Missing link’ between heart failure, genes and environment discovered


January 13th, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 13 (ANI): Researchers at Cambridge University have found what they consider is the "missing link" between heart failure, our genes and our environment.Their study could open up completely new ways ... Read more...

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Soon, DNA detectives to track spread of hospital superbugs


January 4th, 2010 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 4 (ANI): Just like detectives use DNA to place suspects at crime scenes, scientists are creating a DNA database of pathogens to help them track spread of hospital superbugs.The project ... Read more...

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Scientists catch evolution in the act


January 1st, 2010 - 3:27 pm ICT by ANI
Berlin, January 1 (ANI): An international team of scientists has directly measured for the first time the speed with which new mutations occur in plants, thus capturing evolution in the act.The team ... Read more...

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Giant panda’s genome code reveals its carnivorous side


December 14th, 2009 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
London, December 14 (ANI): The complete genetic sequence of the giant panda has revealed the iconic Chinese bear's carnivorous side, by finding that the animal has all the genes required to digest ... Read more...

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