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Genes identified for childhood obesity


April 10th, 2012 - 5:22 am ICT by IANS
Washington, April 10 (IANS) Two gene variants that increase the risk of common childhood obesity have been identified by researchers.Although factors such as food choices and sedentary habits contribute to ... Read more...

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New genetic cause of neurodegeneration identified


May 2nd, 2011 - 5:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 02 (ANI): Two mutations responsible for a devastating neurological condition they first identified 15 years ago have been discovered by Mayo Clinic researchers.The researchers said their study has revealed a ... Read more...

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Genetic clues to major cause of kidney disease worldwide found


April 6th, 2011 - 5:01 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 06 (ANI): Scientists have discovered five regions in the human genome that increase susceptibility to immunoglobulin A (IgA) nephropathy, a major cause of kidney failure worldwide - systematically identifying those ... Read more...

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5 more genes behind Alzheimer’s disease risk identified


April 4th, 2011 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 04 (ANI): A consortium of Alzheimer's researchers, including a team from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, has identified five more new genes that when present add to risk of developing ... Read more...

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Scientists discover gene that causes severe osteoporosis disorder


March 7th, 2011 - 10:55 am ICT by ANI
London, Mar 7 (ANI): Scientists at King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas' have discovered the gene that is responsible for severe osteoporosis disorder.The study gives vital insight into possible causes ... Read more...

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Genetic sequencing alone ‘is not enough’ to understand human disease


January 24th, 2011 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI
London, Jan 24 (ANI): Genetic sequencing alone doesn't offer a true picture of human disease, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center.They have shown that functional tests are absolutely necessary to ... Read more...

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Gene that protects against dementia in high-risk individuals found


December 23rd, 2010 - 4:19 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 23 (ANI): Scientists have found a gene that protects against dementia in high-risk individuals.It was assumed that a mutation in the progranulin gene, which makes the progranulin protein and supports ... Read more...

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Gene linked to congenital heart defect found


December 7th, 2010 - 4:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec 7 (ANI): New treatment for congenital heart defects may be on its way as Princeton researchers have identified the gene that can cause the birth defect.The newly discovered gene, called ... Read more...

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Gene linked to common birth defect in male genitalia identified


November 30th, 2010 - 2:44 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 30 (ANI): A research team has discovered a new gene associated with Hypospadias, the congenital malformation of the male genitalia.The study, conducted by King's College London, in collaboration with ... Read more...

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Study uncovers DNA sequence variations that make the heart beat


November 15th, 2010 - 5:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Nov 15 (ANI): Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have uncovered several DNA sequence variations associated with the electrical impulses that make the heart beat.The findings may pave the way for ... Read more...

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Genetic variants may affect breast cancer risk in women with BRCA2 mutations


October 29th, 2010 - 4:36 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 29 (ANI): A new study has identified genetic variants in women with BRCA2 mutations that may increase or decrease their risk of developing breast cancer.The study, led by researchers at ... Read more...

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Four new psoriasis ‘hotspots’ identified


October 19th, 2010 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 19 (ANI): Scientists have discovered four new DNA "hotspots" that may one day help guide new treatments for psoriasis, one of the most common autoimmune diseases in the country.The ... Read more...

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Genetic variants that modify breast cancer risk identified


September 20th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 20 (ANI): It is known that disrupting mutations in the BRCA1 gene increases risk of breast cancer. Now, Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered that some of those persons may possess ... Read more...

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Genetic catalyst behind human diversity discovered


September 6th, 2010 - 6:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 6 (ANI): In a new research scientists have explained the genetic catalyst responsible for the diversity present between different generations of people. Sir Alec Jeffreys, who discovered ... Read more...

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New Parkinson’s gene linked to immune system


August 30th, 2010 - 2:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 30 (ANI): Scientists have found a new genetic link associated with Parkinson's disease that implicates the immune system and offers new targets for drug development.Johns Hopkins researchers from the Center ... Read more...

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Immune system gene linked to Parkinson’s


August 28th, 2010 - 4:32 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 28 (ANI): A gene associated with the immune system may play a role in developing Parkinson's disease, scientists said, marking a possible advance in the search for effective treatments.A ... Read more...

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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...

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Rare genes behind high triglyceride levels in blood identified


July 26th, 2010 - 12:39 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 26 (ANI): Scientists have identified genetic variations that increase the risk of developing a disease called hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) - which can in turn increase risk for heart disease and stroke.HTG ... Read more...

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Genes that caused Silk Route disease identified


July 21st, 2010 - 2:28 pm ICT by ANI
London, July 21 (ANI): Scientists have identified key genes that caused a severe inflammatory disease that has spread along the old silk trading routes from the Far East to the edge of ... 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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Causes of mysterious skin disease


June 7th, 2010 - 4:37 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 7 (ANI): Scientists have discovered additional evidence that generalized vitiligo - a disease that typically causes patches of white skin on the face and neck, is associated with slight variations ... Read more...

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Defective gene causes foetal abnormalities (Lead)


May 31st, 2010 - 5:39 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 31 (IANS) Researchers have identified the genetic defect that causes severe foetal abnormalities. The work, co-led by geneticists at the University of Leeds and colleagues in Paris, Rome and San Diego, ... Read more...

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Defective gene linked to foetal abnormalities


May 31st, 2010 - 3:59 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 31 (IANS) Researchers have identified the genetic defect that causes severe foetal abnormalities. The work, co-led by geneticists at the University of Leeds and colleagues in Paris, Rome and San Diego, ... Read more...

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‘Immune evasion’ uncommon in M. tuberculosis


May 24th, 2010 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 24 (ANI): The strategy of "immune evasion", which is common to many viruses, bacteria and parasites, is uncommon to M. tuberculosis where the antigens remain strikingly unchanged and homogenous, found ... Read more...

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New method to save eyesight loss


May 4th, 2010 - 3:53 pm ICT by ANI
London, May 4 (ANI): A scientist duo has found a way to boost the nutritional value of corn-a feat that could reduce the number of children in developing countries who lose their ... Read more...

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Scientists find way to boost nutritional levels of corn


May 4th, 2010 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 4 (IANS) An international team of agricultural scientists has found a way to boost the nutritional value of corn and prevent blindness among children. In Africa and other developing regions, ... Read more...

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Struggling to quit smoking? blame your genes!


April 27th, 2010 - 2:48 am ICT by IANS
London, April 27 (IANS) Smokers who find it hard to cut down or quit may be at the mercy of their genes, say scientists. Scientists identified three genetic mutations that increase the number ... Read more...

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New breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene identified


April 22nd, 2010 - 1:17 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 22 (ANI): Scientists have identified a new gene that increases risk of breast and ovarian cancer.The new discovery was made by the research group of Prof. Alfons Meindl (Klinikum rechts ... Read more...

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Gene boosts yield of hybrid tomatoes


April 7th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 7 (IANS) Researchers have boosted yields and improved taste of hybrid tomato, thanks to a single gene. The discovery was patented by Yissum, the technology transfer arm of the Hebrew University, ... Read more...

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Gene site linked to food allergy identified


March 8th, 2010 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI
London, March 8 (ANI): Scientists have discovered the first major gene location responsible for a severe, often painful type of food allergy called eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).In this disease, which may cause ... Read more...

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Genetic links to celiac disease identified


March 1st, 2010 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 1 (ANI): British scientists have identified new genetic links to celiac disease.According to the researchers, these latest findings could speed the way towards improved diagnostics and treatments for the autoimmune ... Read more...

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Genetic clues to counter malaria drug resistance


February 17th, 2010 - 2:21 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 17 (ANI): An international group of researchers has used genomics to decode the blueprint of Plasmodium falciparum - a strain of malaria most resistant to drugs that causes the most ... Read more...

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New risk factor for second-most-common cause of early dementia onset found


February 16th, 2010 - 5:05 pm ICT by ANI
London, Feb 16 (ANI): American researchers have found a new risk factor for second-most-common form of early-onset dementia after Alzheimer's.Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and the Children's Hospital ... Read more...

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Scientists identify gene linked to biological ageing in humans


February 8th, 2010 - 4:04 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 8 (IANS) Scientists have identified specific genetic variants associated with biological ageing in humans. Biological ageing, as distinct from chronology ageing, includes changes in the physical structure of the body as ... Read more...

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Grid computing network extends frontiers of research


January 13th, 2010 - 3:06 pm ICT by IANS
London, Jan 13 (IANS) The power of grid computing, explored by a European consortium, is helping extend research in a multitude of disciplines, ranging from genetic origins of heart disease to ... Read more...

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