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Blame your genes for your addiction to coffee


April 9th, 2011 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, April 9 (ANI): If you can't get through the day without a caffeine hit, your genes may be to be blame.U.S. researchers have revealed that some people inherit genes, which make ... Read more...

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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...

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New therapeutic target for lung cancer identified


April 1st, 2011 - 7:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, April 01 (ANI): Researchers at the Seoul National University have discovered a new therapeutic target for lung cancer.It was found that a variant of the protein AIMP2 is highly expressed in ... 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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Protein involved in melanoma’s development identified


December 24th, 2010 - 6:05 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a protein involved in early steps of development of melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer.Melanocytes (pigment-producing skin cells) lose the genetic regulatory mechanisms ... Read more...

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Why humans are more sensitive than chimps to certain viruses


December 17th, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 17 (ANI): Scientists have found why humans are more sensitive to certain viruses compared to other primates.The greater susceptibility of humans to certain infectious diseases when compared to other primates ... 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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Scientists make second critical advance in muscular dystrophy research


October 29th, 2010 - 4:22 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 29 (ANI): Scientists have made a second critical advance in determining the cause of a common form of muscular dystrophy known as facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, or FSHD.In August 2010, an international ... Read more...

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Scientists discover risk gene for severe heart disease


October 22nd, 2010 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 22 (ANI): Researchers have identified a common variant of the cardiovascular heat shock protein gene, HSPB7, which was found to increase risk for dilated cardiomyopathy by almost 50pc.Klaus Stark ... Read more...

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How loss of hearing occurs with age


October 15th, 2010 - 4:49 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 15 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Minnesota Medical School have found out how age-related hearing loss may occur in humans.The discovery could eventually help physicians develop drugs to combat ... Read more...

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New gene linked to Alzheimer’s disease identified


September 24th, 2010 - 5:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sep 24 (ANI): A gene that appears to increase a person's risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease, the most common form of the disease, has been identified by researchers.The gene, abbreviated ... Read more...

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Genetic marker of aggressive Alzheimer’s disease identified


September 17th, 2010 - 4:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 17 (ANI): An international team of experts, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has identified a gene variation that appears to predict the rate at which ... Read more...

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Scientists identify genes involved in human eye color


May 7th, 2010 - 1:02 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 7 (ANI): Boffins have identified three new genetic loci which are involved in the subtle and quantitative variation of human eye colour.The study, led by Manfred Kayser of the ... Read more...

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Scientists use zebrafish to study Parkinson’s disease


April 23rd, 2010 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington April 23 (ANI): Scientists have recently developed a zebrafish model for Parkinson's disease that can be used for understanding the mechanism underlying its development.The knowledge gained will be helpful for ... Read more...

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Scientists unravel how alcohol harms developing foetus


January 20th, 2010 - 3:19 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Jan 20 (IANS) The fact that alcohol consumption during pregnancy can harm the developing foetus is long known. Research now explains the underlying mechanism behind the ill-effects of alcohol during pregnancy. Even ... Read more...

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Origins of cavity-causing bacteria revealed


December 24th, 2009 - 4:17 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): In a new genetic study, researchers have uncovered the complete genetic make-up of the cavity-causing bacterium Bifidobacterium dentium Bd1.The study, led by Marco Ventura's Probiogenomics laboratory at the ... Read more...

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Gene linked to human kidney aging identified


October 16th, 2009 - 1:25 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 16 (ANI): In a novel study, researchers claim to have identified a gene linked to human kidney aging.Kidneys age at different rates, such that some people show little or no ... Read more...

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Gene discovery sheds light on a critical protein’s function in hearing


August 22nd, 2009 - 5:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 22 (ANI): Scientists have identified a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear.University of Iowa researchers, who carried out this work with collaborators from Kansas State ... Read more...

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Scientists move closer to realising better diagnoses, treatments for chronic ailments


August 15th, 2009 - 1:20 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 15 (ANI): Scientists from Brown University and other institutions have moved a step closer to realising quicker and more precise disease diagnoses, and more targeted treatments of many chronic ailments, ... Read more...

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Genetic link to age-related cataracts uncovered


July 31st, 2009 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 31 (ANI): The first gene associated with the formation of age-related cataracts, a leading cause of blindness, has been identified by researchers.Bing-Cheng Wang, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University School of ... Read more...

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Patterns of genetic changes in mental retardation uncovered


June 26th, 2009 - 1:23 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 26 (ANI): An international team of researchers claims to have uncovered the patterns of genetic changes in mental retardation.Mental retardation is caused by many different, yet individually rare DNA deletions ... Read more...

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Yeast genes may inspire anti-cancer, anti-ageing drugs


June 8th, 2009 - 11:44 am ICT by ANI
Washington, June 8 (ANI): Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, say that genes that protect yeast DNA from oxidising free radicals may pave the way for new drugs that will ... Read more...

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Scientists identify genes that determine right warfarin dose


March 21st, 2009 - 2:06 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Mar 21 (ANI): Researchers at Uppsala University, together with colleagues at Karolinska Institute and Sanger Institute, have identified three genes that would help determine the optimal dose of blood-thinning drug ... Read more...

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Vitamin D deficiency linked to multiple sclerosis susceptibility ”gene”


February 6th, 2009 - 1:16 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, February 6 (ANI): A group of scientists have shown that a direct interaction between vitamin D and a common genetic variant alters the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), the ... Read more...

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What underlies bewildering diversity in coat colour among domestic animals


January 16th, 2009 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, January 16 (ANI): Researchers at Uppsala University in Sweden say that the prime reason behind the bewildering diversity in coat colour among domestic animals like pigs and dogs, as compared ... Read more...

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Genetic variation may hasten onset of cardiovascular disease


January 3rd, 2009 - 11:52 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 3 (IANS) Researchers have identified a variation in a particular gene that may hasten onset of coronary artery disease. For years, scientists have known that the devastating, early-onset form of ... Read more...

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Study sheds new light into process of malarial drug resistance


November 27th, 2008 - 3:52 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 27 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have gained significant insights into the process whereby the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum develops drug resistance. Michael Ferdig, a biologist ... Read more...

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Gene that may make humans more vulnerable to tuberculosis identified


October 10th, 2008 - 1:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Oct 10 (ANI): A new gene, named Toll-like receptor 8 (TLR8), has been identified to play a major role in human susceptibility to pulmonary tuberculosis, according to a new study.Pulmonary ... Read more...

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Animals farmed for meat main source of food poisoning bug


September 28th, 2008 - 3:01 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 28 (ANI): Researchers from Lancashire, England, and Chicago, IL, have discovered that animals farmed for meat are the main source of bacteria responsible for food poisoning.They suggested that 97 ... Read more...

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Choosing a partner is more biological than sociological


September 12th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Sept 12 (ANI): While it is believed that biological and societal factors influence choice of partners, a new study has suggested that immunity traits may be more involved in selecting ... Read more...

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Identifying suspects among dozens of people at crime spots may soon be easy


August 29th, 2008 - 5:24 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, August 29 (ANI): Police investigators may soon find it easy to identify possible suspects among dozens of people at a crime scene, with American scientists claiming that an individuals DNA ... Read more...

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Scientists shed light on how genes affect ants social behaviour


July 18th, 2008 - 1:58 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 18 (ANI): A new study from the University of Lausanne and the University of Georgia has shed light on how interactions between genes and the environment influence social behaviour ... Read more...

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Genetic variations up youngsters risk of lifetime tobacco addiction


July 11th, 2008 - 5:04 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 11 (ANI): A team of researchers from the University of Utah and University of Wisconsin-Madison says that common genetic variations affecting nicotine receptors in the nervous system dramatically raise ... Read more...

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Scientists uncover types of genes necessary for brain development


July 8th, 2008 - 11:51 am ICT by ANI
Washington, July 8 (ANI): Scientists at Harvard Medical School and Brandeis University say that they have identified what types of genes are necessary for brain development.Lead researcher Dr. Katharine Sepp and ... Read more...

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