Medical research

'Good' cells can go 'bad' in a 'bad neighborhood'

(PhysOrg.com) -- The general theory of cancer development holds that malignancies occur because of the presence of certain genetic elements within the affected cells.

Genetics

Genetic studies reveal new causes of severe obesity in childhood

Scientists in Cambridge have discovered that the loss of a key segment of DNA can lead to severe childhood obesity. This is the first study to show that this kind of genetic alteration can cause obesity. The results are published ...

Genetics

New evidence for genetic basis of autism found

Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have discovered that one of the most common genetic alterations in autism -- deletion of a 27-gene cluster on chromosome 16 -- causes autism-like features. By generating ...

Genetics

New research shows childhood adversity causes changes in genetics

In a look at how major stressors during childhood can change a person's biological risk for psychiatric disorders, researchers at Butler Hospital have discovered a genetic alteration at the root of the association. The research, ...

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