human genetics

Genes trigger roots of bipolar disorder?


September 2nd, 2012 - 4:30 pm ICT by IANS
Berlin, Sep 2 (IANS) Researchers have discovered how genes trigger manic symptoms of bipolar disorder.People suffering from bipolar disorder alternate between two extreme states, depressive phase which includes depression, diminished ... Read more...

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Brain wiring gave humans edge over chimps


August 23rd, 2012 - 12:40 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) It wasn't a bigger brain but a more sophisticated wiring that gave humans the edge to evolve beyond their closest cousins, the chimps, says a new ... Read more...

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Social ranking can influence genetic functions


April 10th, 2012 - 12:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 10 (IANS) A female monkey's higher ranking within her group can alter the functioning of nearly 1,000 genes within mere weeks, also boosting their immune system, says a ... Read more...

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British Muslims boycott medical lectures on evolution


November 28th, 2011 - 9:20 pm ICT by IANS
London, Nov 28 (IANS) Muslim medical students in Britain are boycotting lectures on evolution because they say those clash with the holy Quran, a media report said Monday.An increasing number ... Read more...

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Second gene linked with specific congenital heart defects identified


April 30th, 2011 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 30 (ANI): A study conducted by Nationwide Children's Hospital has found that a gene known to be important in cardiac development has been newly associated with congenital heart malformations that ... Read more...

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Babies born in spring ‘more likely to develop anorexia nervosa’


April 28th, 2011 - 2:19 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 28 (ANI): Researchers have said that babies born in spring are slightly more likely to develop anorexia nervosa, while those born in the autumn have a lower risk.The researchers analysed ... Read more...

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Novel cell therapy slows down vision loss in eye disease


April 8th, 2011 - 1:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 08 (ANI): Results of a clinical trail have highlighted the benefit of the use of a neurotrophic factor to treat a severe form of age-related macular degeneration called geographic atrophy ... Read more...

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DNA test can now tell hair colour


January 6th, 2011 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 6 (IANS) Researchers have found that DNA taken from blood, sperm, saliva or skin cells can tell whether someone has red or black hair with more than 90 percent accuracy.The ... Read more...

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Breakthrough: Culprit’s DNA can be used to predict probable hair colour


January 4th, 2011 - 12:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Jan 4 (ANI): Scientists have found that DNA extracted from a person's blood, sperm, saliva or other biological materials can be used to predict people's probable hair colour.The approach allows them ... Read more...

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Set of proteins linked to over 130 brain diseases discovered


December 20th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 20 (ANI): Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Edinburgh University have studied human brain samples to isolate a set of proteins that account for over 130 brain diseases.The ... Read more...

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Analyzing family health history ‘best way for disease risk assessment’


November 6th, 2010 - 2:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 06 (ANI): Family health history assessment is an inexpensive, simple, and useful tool that has been shown to be effective and accurate when implemented in clinical care settings to assess ... Read more...

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Gene discovery supports handedness, language-related disorders link


November 5th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Nov 5 (ANI): Scientists have identified a genetic variant, which influences whether a person with dyslexia is more skilled with either the left or right hand.The finding identifies a novel ... Read more...

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Apple or pear-shaped body? Blame it on your genes


October 11th, 2010 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 11 (IANS) Our propensity to be apple- or pear-shaped lies partly in our genes. And they shape female shaopes more than males one.A team from the Cambridge, Oxford ... Read more...

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Ashkenazi Jewish population more diverse than people of European descent


August 27th, 2010 - 5:42 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 27 (ANI): After conducting a genomic analysis, researchers have shown that the Ashkenazi Jewish population is genetically more diverse than people of European descent, despite previous assumptions that Ashkenazi Jews ... Read more...

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to wide array of diseases


August 24th, 2010 - 2:33 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Aug 24 (ANI): Researchers have mapped the points at which vitamin D interacts with our DNA - and identified over two hundred genes that it directly influences.The study highlights the ... Read more...

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Blonde-Haired Blue-Eyed White Baby Born to Black Parents


July 20th, 2010 - 10:52 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason
July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A beautiful little doll of a baby girl with blond wavy hair and blue eyes has been born to a black couple from Nigeria, who are now living ... Read more...

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Blond blue-eyed baby born to black couple baffles genetics experts


July 20th, 2010 - 3:16 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 20 (ANI): A black couple has amazed genetics experts, as their newly born baby is a white, blue-eyed blonde.Doctors at Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup told the parents that Nmachi ... Read more...

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Pregnant mum’s high-fat diet ‘bad for baby’s heart’


July 7th, 2010 - 3:09 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 7 (ANI): A pregnant mother's diet could be inadvertently putting the health of her offspring at risk through her genes, says a new study.Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for ... Read more...

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Nobel winner links mental illness to immune system defect


May 28th, 2010 - 3:49 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 28 (IANS) A Nobel Prize-winning geneticist has discovered the first ever link between immune system cells and psychiatric disorder, which potentially opens the way to new psychiatric treatments. "We're showing there ... Read more...

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Novel gene variants behind autism and mental retardation discovered


May 26th, 2010 - 3:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 26 (ANI): Previously unknown mutations in the SHANK2 gene-partially responsible for linking nerve cells-could cause autism and mental impairment, researchers have found.However, researchers working with Professor Gudrun Rappold, Director of ... Read more...

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Genetic variants that increase infectious diseases risk identified


May 20th, 2010 - 4:43 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 20 (ANI): Scientists have identified new genetic variants that increase susceptibility to several infectious diseases including tuberculosis and malaria.With greater understanding of the role of the gene implicated, researchers from ... Read more...

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Tibetans have unique genes to survive on heights


May 14th, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 14 (IANS) How do Tibetans easily survive at heights where some humans fall critically ill? A new study credits this to 10 unique oxygen processing genes that Tibetans have embraced ... Read more...

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Dubai to host Arab human genetics conference


March 13th, 2010 - 3:56 am ICT by IANS
Dubai, March 13 (IANS) The third Pan Arab Human Genetics Conference will begin here Saturday, WAM news agency reported. The two-day conference will discuss the latest progress in genome research in the ... Read more...

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Parents pass on fewer bad genes to kids


March 11th, 2010 - 1:14 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, March 11 (ANI): Scientists in the U.S. have for the first time unlocked the genetic code of an entire family, and discovered that parents give kids fewer mutations than previously thought.Scientists ... Read more...

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Bits of molecular “trash” in blood may be good indicators of heart disease


February 20th, 2010 - 5:10 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): Scientists at the Duke University Medical Center believe tiny molecules in blood may tell a big story about cardiovascular disease risk.The study analyzed metabolites, the molecular debris left ... Read more...

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How genes interact with their environment to raise disease risk


February 19th, 2010 - 5:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 19 (ANI): A new study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has revealed how human genes interact with their environment to cause disease.According to researchers, ... Read more...

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People over 50 vulnerable to copper toxicity


January 21st, 2010 - 7:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 21 (IANS) High levels of copper and iron, beneficial to people in the reproductive age, may actually damage cells in older people, leading to Alzheimer's disease, heart disease and other ... Read more...

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Fruit fly uses same mechanisms as humans to regulate cholesterol, fat


December 3rd, 2009 - 5:38 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 3 (ANI): Fruit flies use the same molecular mechanisms as humans to help maintain proper balances of cholesterol and a key form of stored fat that contributes to obesity, two ... Read more...

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Why can’t chimps speak like their human cousins?


November 12th, 2009 - 5:03 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 12 (IANS) If humans are genetically related to chimps, why did our brains develop the innate ability for language and speech while theirs did not? Scientists suspect that part of the ... Read more...

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Gene linked to abnormalities in learning, behaviour identified


November 9th, 2009 - 5:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 9 (ANI): Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine have identified a new gene linked to significant abnormalities in learning and behaviour.They said that the loss of CHRNA7 gene through deletion ... Read more...

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New discovery explains sudden death in epilepsy


October 15th, 2009 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 15 (ANI): Researchers from Baylor College of Medicine have identified a 'molecular trigger' that could explain sudden death in epilepsy patients.According to Dr. Jeffrey Noebels, the study's senior author and ... Read more...

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Gene variant linked to glaucoma identified


September 22nd, 2009 - 2:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 22 (ANI): Researchers have discovered gene variants for glaucoma.The international team, led by researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the National Eye Institute, claims ... Read more...

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Scientists identify gene involved in common birth defect in the brain


August 10th, 2009 - 2:20 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 10 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Chicago and University of Alberta have identified a gene that appears to be critically involved in a common birth defect which causes mental ... Read more...

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Human population expanded during late Stone Age 40,000 years ago


July 29th, 2009 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 29 (ANI): In a new research, genetic evidence is revealing that human populations began to expand in size in Africa during the Late Stone Age approximately 40,000 years ago.A ... Read more...

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Single gene mutation behind catastrophic epilepsy


July 8th, 2009 - 5:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 8 (ANI): Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have found a mutation in a single gene to be responsible for catastrophic epilepsy - characterized by severe muscle spasms, persistent seizures, ... Read more...

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