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Health News - Genetics

Scientists discover gene that stops spread of deadly lung cancer
Lung cancer has a poor survival rate because it often spreads quickly to other parts of the body. Now scientists have discovered a gene that may stop it. (Medical News Today)

Genes identified that contribute to radiation resistance
A team of researchers from the University of Wisconsin have identified 46 genes in Escherichia coli that are necessary for its survival at exceptionally high levels of radiation. (Medical News Today)

Schizophrenia's genetic 'skyline' rising - suspect common variants soar from 30 to 108
The largest genomic dragnet of any psychiatric disorder to date has unmasked 108 chromosomal sites harboring inherited variations in the genetic code linked to schizophrenia, 83 of which had not been... (Medical News Today)

Treating eosinophilic esophagitis with high-dose fluticasone
Results from a clinical trial show that high doses of the corticosteroid fluticasone propionate safely and effectively induce remission in many people with eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), a chronic... (Medical News Today)

New light shed on primate biology and evolution
A team of scientists from around the world led by Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University in St. (Medical News Today)

New, powerful single-cell technique developed to study environmental effects on DNA
Researchers at the BBSRC-funded Babraham Institute, in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Single Cell Genomics Centre, have developed a powerful new single-cell technique to help... (Medical News Today)

In diseases like cancers and psoriasis, degradation is key to the activity of the miR-21 oncomiR
Scientists from the RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies in Japan have gained new clues that suggest the existence of a regulatory network that contributes to the irregular proliferation of... (Medical News Today)

HIV 'eliminated' from cultured human cells for the first time
A potential breakthrough in a cure for HIV/AIDS may come from a new molecular tool designed to hunt down and 'snip out' the HIV genome from patients' cells. (Medical News Today)

Researchers identify more than 80 new genes linked to schizophrenia
An international team of researchers has identified 108 genes - 83 of which were previously undiscovered - associated with schizophrenia, potentially shedding light on its causes. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovered that links stem cells, aging and cancer
An organism is healthy thanks to a good maintenance system: the normal functioning of organs and environmental exposure cause damage to tissues, which need to be continuously repaired. (Medical News Today)

The cardiovascular benefit of aspirin may be modified by genetic variations
Aspirin is the gold standard for antiplatelet therapy and a daily low-dose aspirin is widely prescribed for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

An important role in Down syndrome played by 'support' cells in brain
New research also suggests common antibiotic might help treat the genetic defectResearchers from UC Davis School of Medicine and Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California have... (Medical News Today)

Gene identified that fights metastasis of a common lung cancer
Scientists at the Salk Institute have identified a gene responsible for stopping the movement of cancer from the lungs to other parts of the body, indicating a new way to fight one of the world's... (Medical News Today)

The effects of starvation can be passed to future generations
Evidence from human famines and animal studies suggests that starvation can affect the health of descendants of famished individuals. (Medical News Today)

Study suggests cystic fibrosis is 2 diseases, 1 that affects the lungs and 1 that doesn't
Cystic fibrosis (CF) could be considered two diseases, one that affects multiple organs including the lungs, and one that doesn't affect the lungs at all, according to a multicenter team led by... (Medical News Today)

A gene identified that plays a surprising role in combating aging
It is something of an eternal question: Can we slow or even reverse the aging process? (Medical News Today)

Technique to draw molecules from live cells using magnetic nanomaterials offers promise for cancer diagnosis, gene therapy
University of Houston researchers have devised a new method for extracting molecules from live cells without disrupting cell development, work that could provide new avenues for the diagnosis of... (Medical News Today)

Rare gene could increase risk of schizophrenia, alcoholism and bipolar
Scientists from the UK have identified a rare gene variant associated with developing severe chronic conditions such as schizophrenia that could lead to new treatment targets. (Medical News Today)

Autism risk is 'mostly genetic,' according to statistical analysis
The largest ever study into the heritability of autism finds that nearly 60% of autism risk is genetic. Also, these genes are mostly common among the general population. (Medical News Today)

Life's imprint on DNA now mappable in single cell
With the influence of life experience, epigenetic markers select the options that our DNA gives us. Now, a powerful new method can map all epigenetic changes in a single cell. (Medical News Today)

Bowel cancer breakthrough may benefit thousands of patients
Researchers at Queen's University have made a significant breakthrough that may benefit patients with bowel cancer. (Medical News Today)

International research team discovers genetic dysfunction connected to hydrocephalus
The mysterious condition once known as "water on the brain" became just a bit less murky this week thanks to a global research group led in part by a Case Western Reserve researcher. (Medical News Today)

Engineered gene drives may control spread of insect-borne disease
A cross-disciplinary team is calling for public discussion about a potential new way to solve longstanding global ecological problems by using an emerging technology called "gene drives. (Medical News Today)

Last step before full genome sequence of bread wheat genome
The genetic blueprint is an invaluable resource to plant science researchers and breeders. (Medical News Today)

Researching cancer's 'footprint' on our evolution
Cancer has left its 'footprint' on our evolution, according to a study which examined how the relics of ancient viruses are preserved in the genomes of 38 mammal species. (Medical News Today)

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