Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Following the footprints of positive selection

For decades, the human genome could only tell us what we already suspected about the evolution of certain traits. Researchers were able to trace the genetic origin stories of lactose tolerance (as opposed ...

Feb 15, 2013
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Kidney disease mutations found in a genomic blind spot

(Medical Xpress)—Advances in DNA sequencing technology during the past decade have given scientists powerful tools to peer into the genomes of humans and other species. Despite the efficiency and sophistication ...

Feb 11, 2013
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Scientists investigate inherited causes of autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are among the most heritable of all neuropsychiatric conditions. Yet, most genetic links to ASD found in recent years have involved de novo mutations, which are not passed from parent to child, ...

Feb 04, 2013
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1,092 genomes and counting

Focusing on fine features in order to see "the big picture" seems almost counterintuitive, but that is exactly what is happening in the field of genomics. Researchers are sequencing human genomes, cataloging ...

Nov 16, 2012
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New breast cancer genetic alterations discovered

Breast cancer is not a single disease, but a collection of diseases with dozens of different mutations that crop up with varying frequency across different breast cancer subtypes. Deeper exploration of the genetic changes ...

Jun 20, 2012
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An ABSOLUTEly new view of the cancer genome

(Medical Xpress) -- Scientists hoping to unlock cancer’s secrets face a formidable challenge. Sophisticated research tools have allowed them to peer into the genomes of cancer cells and identify many ...

May 04, 2012
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