genetic variation

‘Stay green’ DNA to help crops fight droughts


June 3rd, 2012 - 11:53 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, June 3 (IANS) Scientists have isolated the 'stay green' DNA in barley to help grow crops that better withstand drought, heat and salinity.Barley is an important cereal crop grown ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Mineral-rich rice to ease world’s nutritional disorder


September 12th, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Sep 12 (IANS) White rice is unable to meet daily nutritional requirements because it has lower levels of iron, zinc and pro-vitamin A. Scientists have now engineered iron-rich rice ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Sperm coat protein may be key to male infertility: Study


July 21st, 2011 - 5:32 am ICT by IANS
New York, July 21 (IANS) The loss of a protein that coats sperm cells may explain a significant proportion of infertility in men worldwide, according to a new study.The research ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Self-cloning marine animals may help shed light on ageing process


April 21st, 2011 - 11:22 am ICT by ANI
Washington, April 21 (ANI): Scientists at the University of Gothenburg believe that the key to delaying ageing in humans is held in marine animals that reproduce asexually by cloning.They have shown how ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Why some people are born ‘yes men’


April 20th, 2011 - 4:53 pm ICT by IANS
London, April 20 (IANS) Some people are born 'yes men', thanks to their genes which make them more likely to follow other people's directives. Researchers found that coming to a ... Read more...

Posted in Sci-Tech |

Genetic variants linked to caffeine intake discovered


April 7th, 2011 - 1:40 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 07 (ANI): Researchers have discovered two genes in which variation affects intake of caffeine, the most widely consumed stimulant in the world.A team of investigators from the National Cancer Institute, ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Genes a crucial factor in urinary incontinence


April 5th, 2011 - 5:56 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr 5 (ANI): A study of twins at the University of Gothenburg and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) has revealed that genetic factors can explain half of people's susceptibility to urinary incontinence.Urinary incontinence ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Medication for alcohol dependence ‘works best in some people’


March 17th, 2011 - 5:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 17 (ANI): A new study has found that naltrexone (Revia), one of the only medications approved for treating people with alcohol abuse problems, might only be effective in women and ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Gene variant that influences chronic kidney disease identified


March 10th, 2011 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 10 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a single genetic mutation in the CUBN gene that is associated with albuminuria both with and without diabetes.Albuminuria is a condition caused by the leaking ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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...

Posted in Health Science |

Potential therapeutic target for schizophrenia identified


February 24th, 2011 - 5:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 24 (ANI): Scientists have identified a gene mutation strongly linked to schizophrenia that may be an important new target for the development of drug therapies.The work was done by ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Gene linked to major depression identified


February 8th, 2011 - 6:28 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 8 (ANI): A gene that influences how the brain responds to stress may also play a key role in depression, according to a new study.Numerous studies have shown that ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Evolution caused genetic variation that may affect diabetes


February 8th, 2011 - 6:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 8 (ANI): Stanford University researchers have identified genetic variations in a hormone involved in the secretion of insulin-a molecule that regulates blood sugar levels-that occur more frequently in some human ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

1000 Genomes Project to reveal how genetics influence human health


February 3rd, 2011 - 1:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 3 (ANI): Scientists at Boston College are playing an integral role in the global effort to sequence 1000 genomes and move closer to understanding in fine detail how genetics influence ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Scientists shed light on why some people cannot give up nicotine


January 31st, 2011 - 12:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 31 (ANI): New anti-smoking treatments could be on their way as scientists have found why some people are unable to get rid of their tobacco addiction.A team at the Scripps ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Our genome more closely related to orangutans than chimps


January 27th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 27 (ANI): Although orangutans and humans are more distantly related, some regions of our genomes are more alike than those of our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, suggests a new ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Like humans, amoebae too pack a lunch before traveling


January 20th, 2011 - 3:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 20 (ANI): Some amoebae do exactly what we do before we travel - pack a lunch.The study, conducted by evolutionary biologists Joan Strassmann and David Queller of Rice University, has ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Ability to tolerate aggression is partly genetic: Study


December 8th, 2010 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 8 (ANI): UCLA scientists have said that the ability to tolerate aggression is partly genetic."The ability to tolerate aggression is passed on across generations; there is genetic variation in the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Propensity to cheat on your partner may be in your genes


December 1st, 2010 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 1 (ANI): A new study has pointed out that some people may be genetically programmed to be unfaithful to their partners.Researchers at Binghamton University have revealed that the propensity ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

For hares, variety really is the spice of life


November 23rd, 2010 - 3:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Scientists at University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, have shown that genetic variability is associated with greater reproductive success in hares.Steve Smith and Franz Suchentrunk at the Research Institute ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Oz native rice could help buffer world’s rice crop


October 16th, 2010 - 4:31 pm ICT by ANI
Melbourne, Oct 16 (ANI): In August, a research warned that rice yields are expected to decline over the coming decades as global temperatures rise. It highlighted the need for heat tolerant strains ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Taste genes predict dental caries


September 23rd, 2010 - 5:15 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 23 (ANI): A new study has hypothesized that genetic variation in taste pathway genes (TAS2R38, TAS1R2, GNAT3) may be associated with dental caries risk and/or protection.According to researchers from University ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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...

Posted in Health Science |

Men’s genes make them more vulnerable to heart diseases and strokes


August 31st, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 31 (ANI): A new study indicates that men's genes make them more prone to heart diseases and strokes.Significant genetic variations called l-haplogroup make them 55 per cent more likely to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Decoding wheat genome key to tackling global food shortage


August 27th, 2010 - 1:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): Scientists at Liverpool, University of Bristol and the John Innes Centre, have sequenced the entire wheat genome that will help crop breeders select key agricultural traits for breeding ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Genetic variation in immune system related to Parkinson’s


August 16th, 2010 - 2:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 16 (ANI): Researchers have discovered new evidence that Parkinson's disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin.The study was conducted by the NeuroGenetics Research Consortium, an international team of researchers ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Deadly brain tumour’s strength may be a weakness as well


August 15th, 2010 - 12:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 15 (ANI): A team of scientists has discovered that the deadliness of a brain tumour could be its weakness as well.The team of researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Gene ‘makes kids more vulnerable to bullying’s effects’


July 23rd, 2010 - 1:51 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 23 (ANI): It's well-known that children victimized by bullies face physical and emotional distress, and now researchers have discovered a genetic variation that moderates whether victims of bullying will go ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Malaria accompanied humans moving out of Africa


June 28th, 2010 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 28 (ANI): Malaria accompanied the modern man as he moved out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, according to a new study.An international team of researchers used DNA sequencing to ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Some Men Have Cheating Genes: Study


June 18th, 2010 - 7:52 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work
June 18, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A new study has shown that some men have troubled relationships due to their cheating genes. This particular gene in some men is ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Malaria threat as old as humanity


June 18th, 2010 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 18 (ANI): A new research, which found that malaria is several thousand years older than previously thought, could help develop new strategies to control the disease.Scientists at Imperial College London ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Inbred sperm fertilise fewer eggs


June 16th, 2010 - 6:49 pm ICT by IANS
London, June 16 (IANS) Males with genetically-related parents have been found to have sperm that fertilise fewer eggs when compared with non-inbred males, according to a latest research. Inbreeding is the reproduction from ... Read more...

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Inbred sperm fertilize fewer eggs


June 16th, 2010 - 4:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 16 (ANI): Inbred male sperm fertilise fewer eggs when in competition with non-inbred males, found a new study by the University of East Anglia.Research into the breeding habits of the ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Success of hepatitis C treatment may depend on genetic variant


June 13th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 13 (ANI): Scientists have found that a small genetic change can help predict how people infected with hepatitis C react to treatment, paving the way to personalised therapy for this ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

Genetic makeup identified as key factor that leads to severe sepsis


June 12th, 2010 - 3:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): Scientists have identified genetic makeup as a key factor for sepsis - a systemic inflammatory reaction occurring during infection that can be a leading cause of death in ... Read more...

Posted in Health Science |

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