News tagged with human genetics

We each live in our own little world—smellwise

There are some smells we all find revolting. But toward a handful of odors, different people display different sensitivities—some can smell them, while some can't, or some find them appealing, while others don't. A pair ...

Aug 01, 2013
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New genetic risk factor found for schizophrenia

Researchers at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health have identified a large duplication on chromosome 7q11.23 as a new risk factor for schizophrenia.  (7q11.23 refers to the specific location of the duplicated ...

Aug 01, 2013
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Understanding the effects of genes on human traits

Recent technological developments in genomics have revealed a large number of genetic influences on common complex diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, cancer or schizophrenia. However, discovering a genetic variant predisposing ...

Jul 31, 2013
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Gene decoding obeys road traffic rules

One of life's most basic processes—transcription of the genetic code—resembles road traffic, including traffic jams, accidents and a police force that controls the flow of vehicles. This surprising finding, reported recently ...

Jul 31, 2013
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