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Health News - Genetics

Steadily rising increases in mitochondrial DNA mutations cause abrupt shifts in disease
New work by a pioneering scientist details how subtle changes in mitochondrial function may cause a broad range of common metabolic and degenerative diseases. (Medical News Today)

Silencing the speech gene FOXP2 causes breast cancer cells to metastasize
It is an intricate network of activity that enables breast cancer cells to move from the primary breast tumor and set up new growths in other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis. (Medical News Today)

New ALS associated gene identified using innovative strategy
Using an innovative exome sequencing strategy, a team of international scientists led by John Landers, PhD, at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has shown that TUBA4A, the gene... (Medical News Today)

Alzheimer's-Down syndrome relationship explained
Almost all people with Down syndrome develop some signs of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers now claim to have mapped the mechanism driving this association. (Medical News Today)

Texas A&M research sheds light on genetic causes underlying the disqualification of two elite American Standardbred pacers
A DNA mutation that can lead to horses being genetically male, but female in appearance, may explain at least two cases of controversial sexual identity, according to research led by professors... (Medical News Today)

New gene linked to blindness and Parkinson's diseases
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a tissue, which lines the back of the eye. (Medical News Today)

Diet for your DNA: novel nutrition plan sparks debate around data protection
Personalised diet plans will not be widely accepted by the public until regulations are in place to protect information about our DNA, new research has shown. (Medical News Today)

Genes exhibit different behaviours in different stages of development
The effect that genes have on our brain depends on our age. These are the findings of a group of researchers from the MedUni Vienna. (Medical News Today)

Genomic sequencing: could it aid breast cancer prevention?
A new study by researchers from the Stanford Cancer Institute finds genomic sequencing may be more helpful in identifying a woman's risk for breast cancer than previously estimated (Medical News Today)

Blind cave fish may provide insight on eye disease and other human health issues
Blind cave fish may not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to understanding human sight, but recent research indicates they may have quite a bit to teach us about the causes of... (Medical News Today)

Genetic variant protects some Latina women from breast cancer
An international research collaboration led by UC San Francisco researchers has identified a genetic variant common in Latina women that protects against breast cancer. (Medical News Today)

Scientists unravel the mystery of rare sweating disorder anhidrosis
An international research team discovered that mutation of a single gene blocks sweat production, a dangerous condition due to an increased risk of hyperthermia, also known as heatstroke. (Medical News Today)

Study finds heart attacks do not have as strong of a genetic link as previously suspected
Heart attacks are not as connected to family history and genetics as may have been previously believed, according to a new study by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute... (Medical News Today)

Knowing individual risk does not increase cancer screening rates
Knowing their individual risk for disease is not enough to pursuade previously nonadherent patients to undergo recommended colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings, according to a randomized, controlled... (Medical News Today)

Analysis examines genetic obesity susceptibility, association with body size in kids
A review of medical literature appears to confirm an association between genetic obesity susceptibility and postnatal gains in infant weight and length, as well as showing associations with both... (Medical News Today)

Gene duplications associated with autism evolved recently in human history
Human geneticists have discovered that a region of the genome associated with autism contains genetic variation that evolved in the last 250,000 years, after the divergence of humans from ancient... (Medical News Today)

Noise-induced hearing loss restored in mice
By increasing production of a protein called NT3 - found to be crucial for communication between the ears and brain - researchers restored noise-induced hearing loss in mice. (Medical News Today)

Transition from moderate to problem drinking hinges on genetic material
Researchers from UCSF have found that microRNA levels in the brain are important in development of alcohol addiction, findings that could help with the development of medications. (Medical News Today)

NUS-led research team develops novel solutions to fight the obesity gene
Individuals who are genetically predisposed to obesity may soon have a therapeutic solution to combat their condition. (Medical News Today)

Study examines type of exome sequencing and molecular diagnostic yield
In a sample of patients with undiagnosed, suspected genetic conditions, a certain type of exome sequencing method was associated with a higher molecular diagnostic yield than traditional molecular... (Medical News Today)

Whole-exome sequencing shows potential as diagnostic tool
Among a group of 2,000 patients referred for evaluation of suspected genetic conditions, whole-exome sequencing provided a potential molecular diagnosis for 25 percent, including detection of a... (Medical News Today)

Whole exome sequencing closer to becoming 'new family history'
Approximately one-fourth of the 3,386 patients whose DNA was submitted for clinical whole exome testing received a diagnosis related to a known genetic disease, often ending a long search for... (Medical News Today)

New test scans all genes to ID single mutation causing rare disorders
Audrey Lapidus adored her baby's sunny smile and irresistible dimples, but grew worried when Calvin did not roll over or crawl by 10 months and suffered chronic digestive problems. (Medical News Today)

Metabolic genetics research paves way to treating diabetes and obesity
Breaking down complex conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes and obesity into the specific metabolic proteins and processes that underlie them offers a new approach to studying the genetics of these... (Medical News Today)

Children's genes affect their mothers' risk of rheumatoid arthritis
A child's genetic makeup may contribute to his or her mother's risk of rheumatoid arthritis, possibly explaining why women are at higher risk of developing the disease than men. (Medical News Today)

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