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Health News - Genetics

ALS could be prevented with technique that halts protein clumping
SOD1 gene mutations form protein clumps, leading to motor neuron degeneration in ALS, but researchers may have found a way to halt this process. (Medical News Today)

Genome-wide study quantifies genetic "war between the sexes"
Humans and flies are still undergoing natural selection based on sex.Genes with moderately different expression levels in males and females are subject to ongoing, sex-related natural... (Medical News Today)

Existence of exercise-induced muscle memory challenged
While there are many differences in gene expression after regular exercise training, researchers have found no evidence of training-induced muscle memory. (Medical News Today)

Youthful DNA in old age
The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. (Medical News Today)

New insights into potent cancer tumour suppressor gene
Researchers at the National University of Ireland Galway have shown that the TP53 gene has even greater anti-cancer activity than previously thoughtNew insight into the function of a gene... (Medical News Today)

Smallest-reported artificial virus could help advance gene therapy
Gene therapy is a kind of experimental treatment that is designed to fix faulty genetic material and help a patient fight off or recover from a disease. (Medical News Today)

Circadian rhythm gene affects malignant breast cancer's spread
Sleep cycle interruptions may affect breast cancer formation and metastasis. (Medical News Today)

Oxytocin may intensify spiritual beliefs
It is widely known as the 'love hormone' due to its role in social bonding, but new research suggests oxytocin may also play a role in spiritual beliefs. (Medical News Today)

A common genetic variant regulates the mental health benefits of exercise
A new study revealed that a common genetic variant in the brain-derived neurotrophic factor gene reduces the neurobiological benefits induced by physical exercise in mice. (Medical News Today)

Researchers develop new genetic tool to identify people at risk of coronary heart disease
A new genetic risk score that could help to identify individuals at risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) much earlier and potentially improve its prevention has been developed in research... (Medical News Today)

Examining mitochondrial DNA may help identify unknown ancestry that influences breast cancer risk
Genetic testing of mitochondrial DNA could reveal otherwise unknown ancestry that can influence a person's risk for certain types of breast cancer, a new study finds. (Medical News Today)

Sudden infant cardiac death explained by gene mutation
A team of researchers, including scientists from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, have linked a faulty gene to the deaths of seemingly healthy children whose hearts suddenly stopped. (Medical News Today)

The memory of a heart attack is stored in our genes
Both heredity and environmental factors influence our risk of cardiovascular disease. (Medical News Today)

Study quantifies risks of developing mental health problems if brother or sister affected
What is the risk of developing a mental disorder if a brother or sister has the condition? (Medical News Today)

'Obesity gene' does not hinder weight loss
The belief that so-called obesity genes can hinder weight loss is called into question by a new study review. Genetics may not be so vital after all. (Medical News Today)

Smoking may affect DNA for more than 30 years
Some DNA methylation sites associated with smoking remain even 30 years after quitting smoking, increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and cancers. (Medical News Today)

Genes essential to life are enriched for human disease genes, large-scale mouse phenotyping study shows
Roughly a third of all genes in the mammalian genome are essential for life. (Medical News Today)

Perkins researchers turn on cancer killing genes
Researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have used an exciting new technology to successfully switch on dormant tumour suppressor genes in multiple cancer types. (Medical News Today)

New study highlights gene that could lead to new therapies for ALS
Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have published a new study that describes a novel molecular mechanism that could lead to the development of new therapies for Amyotrophic... (Medical News Today)

Growth Hormone Injections: Uses and Side Effects
Growth hormone injections can be needed by children and adults alike. Learn more about why they are needed and the alternative uses of these injections. (Medical News Today)

Cancer: Four-stranded DNA could help develop targeted treatments
By discovering how quadruple-helix DNA may help cancer progress, researchers come up with a possible new way to target cancer cells selectively. (Medical News Today)

Genetic causes of small head size share common mechanism
Microcephaly is a rare disorder that stunts brain development in utero, resulting in an abnormally small head. (Medical News Today)

Study results advance 'transposon theory of aging'
A new study increases and strengthens the links that have led scientists to propose the "transposon theory of aging. (Medical News Today)

Quadruple helix form of DNA may aid in the development of targeted cancer therapies
Scientists have identified where a four-stranded version of DNA exists within the genome of human cells, and suggest that it may hold a key to developing new, targeted therapies for cancer. (Medical News Today)

A chromosome anomaly may cause malaria-transmitting mosquito to prefer feeding on cattle
Engineering mosquitos to carry genes related to feeding behavior located within this anomaly maybe one strategy to reduce malaria's spread. (Medical News Today)

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