News tagged with genetic variation

Why is type 2 diabetes an increasing problem?

Contrary to a common belief, researchers have shown that genetic regions associated with increased risk of type 2 diabetes were unlikely to have been beneficial to people at stages through human evolution.

Jan 09, 2014
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Mapping reveals 110 multiple sclerosis risk genes

Norwegian researchers have mapped genetic variations associated with an increased risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) and myasthenia gravis (MG), bringing science one step closer to understanding these serious ...

Jan 09, 2014
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Genetics that protects your heart

(Medical Xpress)—Researchers have found a key piece of the puzzle as to why an isolated population in Greece may live healthy lives. They have found that a genetic variant known to protect the heart is ...

Dec 23, 2013
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Stress reaction gene linked to death, heart attacks

A genetic trait known to make some people especially sensitive to stress also appears to be responsible for a 38 percent increased risk of heart attack or death in patients with heart disease, scientists at Duke Medicine ...

Dec 18, 2013
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New gene variant discovered for ALS

(Medical Xpress)—Research led by King's College London has identified a new genetic variant, located on chromosome 17, associated with sporadic amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) – the most common form ...

Dec 03, 2013
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The fabric of disease

If biology is destiny, then the slightest change in a gene's DNA can become an agent of destiny. About 99.9 percent of the DNA "letters," or chemical bases, that make up genes are identical in everyone. But ...

Nov 18, 2013
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Researching the roles of rare genetic variants in disease

As scientists work toward further personalizing medical treatment through genomics, heritability—the proportion of observed variation in a particular trait that can be attributed to inherited genetic factors—is key to ...

Nov 15, 2013
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Methylation linked to metabolic disease

(Medical Xpress)—In the first in-depth analysis of DNA methylation in fat, a process that affects the regulation of genes, researchers have linked regions of methylation to metabolic traits such as high ...

Nov 11, 2013
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