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Health News - Genetics

Cancer: Scientists find 129 'jumping genes' that drive tumor growth
A study of thousands of tumors from 15 cancer types highlights the widespread role of jumping genes as cancer promoters and identifies 129 of them. (Medical News Today)

Can genetic variants predict depression risk in young people?
A new way of determining the genetic risk of depression may help predict which children and adolescents are most likely to face mental health problems. (Medical News Today)

Looking for beauty in your DNA
Newly published research explores the genetic variations that are associated with facial attractiveness and finds that they vary by sex. (Medical News Today)

Scientists quash claims about single 'depression genes'
After reviewing data on 620,000-plus people, scientists quash claims that a single or handful of genes can have a strong influence on risk of depression. (Medical News Today)

This drug failed to treat cancer, but it could improve dementia
Scientists have found that an experimental drug that failed against cancer may treat dementia instead. However, can they test it in clinical trials? (Medical News Today)

Can changes in brain energy pathways cause depression?
Scientists repurposed an accessible bioinformatics tool to find DNA mutations, some of which occur at high levels in people with major depressive disorder. (Medical News Today)

Osteoporosis: New tools help pinpoint potential risk genes
Genome analysis and 3D DNA studies helped scientists to identify two new genes that impact bone-producing cells to potentially alter osteoporosis risk. (Medical News Today)

How does tumor acidity help cancer spread?
A pH-probe helps scientists map acidity in tumors and see how acidification alters gene expression in ways that increase cancer's invasiveness and spread. (Medical News Today)

Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health
A new study examines the link between gut bacteria, aging, and cardiovascular health. The authors conclude that 'the fountain of youth may lie in the gut.' (Medical News Today)

Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction
When at least one partner within a married couple had the GG oxytocin gene receptor variant, the spouses reported greater feelings of marital satisfaction and security. (Medical News Today)

Is insomnia genetic?
Studies in twins have identified a genetic component in insomnia. New research implicates hundreds of genes, but stress also plays a role. (Medical News Today)

Pancreatic cancer: Two-hit treatment approach shows promise
Autophagy inhibitors could be more potent against pancreatic cancer by first applying a drug that makes the cancer cells dependent on autophagy for energy. (Medical News Today)

New compound could fight off aggressive melanoma
New research examines the genetic chain reaction that causes a particularly aggressive form of melanoma and finds a way to stop it. (Medical News Today)

Nature vs. nurture: Do genes influence our morals?
Does education shape our moral values, or are our genetic profiles also responsible? New research suggests that DNA may play an important role. (Medical News Today)

Insomnia: Certain types of brain cell explain genetic risk
Groundbreaking research uses innovative methods to identify specific brain cells that explain why some people are genetically prone to insomnia. (Medical News Today)

Self-destruction system in TB bacteria may lead to 'perfect drug'
Scientists zoom in on the 'toxin-antitoxin' system that the tuberculosis bacterium naturally contains, in the hope that it can help design better drugs. (Medical News Today)

Depression: Gene-activating drug reverses symptoms in mice
Researchers have reversed symptoms of depression, such as anhedonia and behavioral despair, in male mice with a drug that activates a gene they call SIRT1. (Medical News Today)

New cell-tracking technique sheds light on breast cancer spread
Cellular barcoding shows promise as a way to identify the few metastasis-driving cell variants from the thousands that are present in breast cancer tumors. (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. (Medical News Today)

How genes influence bipolar disorder
If a person has a close relative with bipolar disorder, there is a higher chance of them developing it. Learn more about the links between genetics and bipolar disorder here. (Medical News Today)

Antitumor protein can sometimes promote cancer
Scientists have issued a warning to cancer drug developers by revealing that p53, a protein that usually suppresses tumors, can also promote cancer. (Medical News Today)

What are the stages of multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is a long-term progressive disease that affects the nerves. Learn about the types, treatment options, and what to expect at each stage of its progression here. (Medical News Today)

Could targeting this enzyme slow aging and related diseases?
In showing how an enzyme halts cell division by producing reactive oxygen species, scientists shed new light on the biology of aging and related diseases. (Medical News Today)

These immune cells renew themselves after acute kidney injury
A new study in mice finds that after acute kidney injury, kidney-resident macrophages reprogram to a state that is similar to those in newborn mice. (Medical News Today)

How aspirin may benefit some people with head and neck cancer
Regular use of aspirin or other NSAIDs increased survival in people with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and alteration in the PIK3CA gene. (Medical News Today)

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