Genetics

After You Spit Into A Tube For A Dna Test Like 23andme, Experts Say You Shouldn't Assume Your Data...

It may be getting easier to link your private and anonymized DNA data to your identity. That means the genetic data you share with a testing company — which may include sensitive health information like your risk of cancer — could one...
Related topics: DNA, DNA Test, Cancer, Oncology

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Smoking And Hla Genes In Rheumatoid Arthritis

(MedPage Today) -- New study sorts out relative contributions of these risk factors
Related topics: Smoking, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Arthritis, Medical Research

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Year In Space Put Us Astronaut's Disease Defenses On Alert 

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared with those of his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.    Scientists don't know if the changes...
Related topics: Astronaut

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Study Examines How Compound Damaged Dna To Understand Its Connection To Cancer

In an effort to understand how colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, may be connected to the development of colorectal cancer, researchers are exploring how the compound damages DNA to produce DNA adducts.
Related topics: Medical Research, DNA, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Oncology

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Hope For Fighting Disease Known As Ebola Of Frogs

Despite widespread infection, some frog populations are surviving a deadly disease that is the equivalent of humankind's Ebola virus. The reason -- genetic diversity.
Related topics: Ebola, Virus, Virology

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Genetic Vulnerability To Menthol Cigarette Use

A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker's preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among smokers who use...
Related topics: Smoking

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Chimp Gestures And Human Language Are Underpinned By Same Mathematical Principles

Zipf's law of abbreviation and Menzerath's law seem to govern not just human speech but chimpanzee gestures. Fifty-eight individual chimp gestures were catalogued in a new study. Their presence points to an intriguing overlap between language and...
Related topics: Mathematics

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In Space, Nasa Heard Astronaut's Immune System Scream

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin.
Related topics: Space, NASA, Astronaut

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Cracking Colibactin's Code: Study Examines How Compound Damaged Dna To Understand Its Connection To...

For more than a decade, scientists have worked to understand the connection between colibactin, a compound produced by certain strains of E. coli, and colorectal cancer, but have been hampered by their inability to isolate the compound.
Related topics: Medical Research, DNA, Cancer, Colon Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Oncology

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Improved Rna Data Visualization Method Gets To The Bigger Picture Faster

Like going from a pinhole camera to a Polaroid, a significant mathematical update to the formula for a popular bioinformatics data visualization method will allow researchers to develop snapshots of single-cell gene expression not only several times...
Related topics: Mathematics

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Lipoproteins Behave 'almost Like A Tiny Velcro Ball'

Setbacks in drug trials aiming to raise HDL have led researchers to reassess the particle's effects on heart health. A study combining proteomics and mouse genetics may help researchers understand researchers understand the proteins in the particle,...
Related topics: Medical Research, Proteins

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Hop To It: Researchers Evaluate Rabbits' Evolved Resistance To Myxoma Virus

Researchers have validated the role of specific rabbit genes in contributing to this acquired resistance.

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Medical News Today: Does Asthma Run In The Family?

Asthma has a strong genetic component. This means that people with a family history of asthma are more likely to have it. However, genetics are not the only cause. Learn more about what might lead to asthma here.
Related topics: Asthma

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Darwin's Rabbit Helps To Explain The Fightback Against Myxomatosis

Nearly seventy years after myxomatosis decimated the rabbit populations of Australia, Britain and France, a new study reveals how the species has evolved genetic resistance to the disease through natural selection.

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Common Virus In Early Childhood Linked To Celiac Disease In Susceptible Children

A common intestinal virus, enterovirus, in early childhood may be a trigger for later celiac disease in children at increased genetic risk of the condition, finds a small study.
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Medical Research

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23andme Is Upending How We Find New Drugs, And The Ceo Says 13 Are Now In Early Trials

Silicon Valley genetic testing startup 23andMe is making progress in its efforts to develop new drugs for everything from skin conditions to cancer and heart disease, the CEO said at an event last week. Therapeutics with the 23andMe label would be a...
Related topics: Silicon Valley, Startup, Skin Cancer, Cancer, Oncology, Cardiovascular Disease

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Gene Editing For Good

Today, more people are living healthy, productive lives than ever before. This good news may come as a surprise, but there is plenty of evidence for it. Since the early 1990s, global child mortality has been cut in half. There have been massive...

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Keep Crispr Safe

The possibility of rewriting the genome of an organism, or even of an entire species, has long been the stuff of science fiction. But with the development of CRISPR (which stands for “clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”),...

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The Ultimate Life Hacker

At the age of 12, Jennifer Doudna read James Watson’s The Double Helix and got hooked on science in general and genetics in particular. Four decades later, she is a molecular biology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, an...
Related topics: Hackers

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Science And Romance: How Your Genes Could Affect The Quality Of Your Marriage

This article is republished from The Conversation. How important is it to consider a romantic partner’s genetic profile before getting married? It is logical to think that genetic factors may underlie many traits already used by matching sites —...

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