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Health News - Genetics

Scientists find genetic mutations that drive antibiotic resistance
Scientists from the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have identified novel mutations in bacteria that promote the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance. (Medical News Today)

Researchers document second case of 'Down syndrome' in chimps
Japanese researchers have confirmed the second case known to science of a chimpanzee born with trisomy 22, a chromosomal defect similar to that of Down syndrome (or trisomy 21) in humans. (Medical News Today)

Discovery of a new gene critical in the development of lung and pancreatic cancers
Researchers at the Center for Applied Medical Research (CIMA) of the University of Navarra (Spain) have identified a critical gene, FOSL1, in the development of lung and pancreatic cancer. (Medical News Today)

Significant epilepsy gene discovery in dogs
Researh groups from the University of Helsinki, the LMU Munich and the University of Guelph have described in collaboration a novel myoclonic epilepsy in dogs and identified its genetic cause. (Medical News Today)

Children inherit around 40 percent of parents' BMI
Around 40 percent of a child's weight is inherited from their parents, with 20 percent due to the mother and 20 percent due to the father, study finds. (Medical News Today)

Hope for new treatment for Huntington's disease
Researchers working at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and University of Southern Denmark have managed to produce short synthetic DNA analogues - oligonucleotides - that bind direct to the gene... (Medical News Today)

DNA patterns can unlock how glucose metabolism drives cancer, study finds
Less aggressive cancers are known to have an intact genome-the complete set of genes in a cell-while the genome of more aggressive cancers tends to have a great deal of abnormalities. (Medical News Today)

Researchers are first to see DNA 'blink'
Many of the secrets of cancer and other diseases lie in the cell's nucleus. But getting way down to that level - to see and investigate the important genetic material housed there - requires... (Medical News Today)

Bipolar breakthrough: New study reveals disease-causing mechanism
A new study shows how a forebrain deficiency in the cellular protein phospholipase Cγ1 causes bipolar disorder-like symptoms in mice. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: 'Genetic switch' may play key role in preserving brain cells
Study finds a genetic switch that controls PINK1 and PARKIN genes, defects in which cause mitchondrial dysfunction seen in some forms of Parkinson's. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin B-3 successfully prevents glaucoma in mice
New mouse study finds a way to prevent glaucoma in genetically predisposed mice. This could pave the way for safer treatments for glaucoma patients. (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy treats muscle-wasting disease in dogs
Work on gene therapy is showing significant progress for restoring muscle strength and prolonging lives in dogs with a previously incurable, inherited neuromuscular disease. (Medical News Today)

Analyzing copies of genes offers new treatment possibilities for ovarian cancer
A team of 18 University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center researchers has developed a new tool to analyze an often overlooked aspect of cancer genetics - an... (Medical News Today)

Sick and tired - not just a figure of speech
Large-scale study looks at tiredness and its associations with environment, genes, and mental and physical health.Already feeling drained so early in the year? (Medical News Today)

Genetic basis for male baldness identified in large-scale study
New large-scale genetic study examines over 52,000 men with moderate-to-severe hair loss and identifies over 250 genetic locations linked to the condition. (Medical News Today)

Calcium imbalance within brain cells may trigger Alzheimer's disease
New research examines the metabolism of brain cells and uncovers the calcium exchange mechanism that could lead to Alzheimer's disease. (Medical News Today)

Children of patients with C9orf72 mutations are at a greater risk of frontotemporal dementia or ALS at a younger age
The most common genetic cause of the brain diseases frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a mutation in the C9orf72 gene. (Medical News Today)

Worm gene could be key to developing obesity treatment
Monash University and Danish researchers have discovered a gene in worms that could help break the cycle of overeating and under-exercising that can lead to obesity. (Medical News Today)

Diabetes in your DNA? Scientists zero in on the genetic signature of risk
Why do some people get Type 2 diabetes, while others who live the same lifestyle never do? (Medical News Today)

Plant-made hemophilia therapy shows promise, Penn study finds
People with hemophilia require regular infusions of clotting factor to prevent them from experiencing uncontrolled bleeding. (Medical News Today)

Type 1 diabetes: Reprogramming liver cells may lead to new treatments
For the first time, scientists show it is possible to reprogram liver cells into pancreatic precursor cells by changing the expression of a single gene. (Medical News Today)

Sickle Cell Disease: Overview, Symptoms, and Causes
What does sickle cell disease do to the body and what are the possible complications? How is it diagnosed and what treatment options are available? (Medical News Today)

Mitochondrial lipids as potential targets in early onset Parkinson's disease
A team of researchers led by Patrik Verstreken (VIB-KU Leuven) have identified an underlying mechanism in early onset Parkinson's. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovery sheds light on growth defects linked to dwarfism
A new study shows how errors in a specific gene can cause growth defects associated with a rare type of dwarfism. (Medical News Today)

New biomarkers for bowel cancer treatment
Scientists can predict in the lab whether a drug will be effective for individual colorectal tumors.Colorectal carcinomas arise in different forms, so all treatments do not work for all patients. (Medical News Today)

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