Genetics

Researchers shed light on role of genes in autism

(Medical Xpress)—Research carried out by Medical Research Council (MRC) researchers at the University of Oxford has uncovered a chain of genetic events that are common in individuals with autism, and have examined for the ...

Genetics

Startle disease: Further key gene variants discovered

Research funded by children's charity Action Medical Research has uncovered new gene variants in startle disease, a rare condition in newborn babies. Understanding the genetic causes should lead to new genetic tests and is ...

Medical research

Four genes indentified that influence levels of 'bad' cholesterol

Scientists at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio have identified four genes in baboons that influence levels of "bad" cholesterol. This discovery could lead to the development of new drugs to reduce the ...

Genetics

Team identifies two genes that combine to cause rare syndrome

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Duke University have identified genetic mutations that appear to underlie a rare but devastating syndrome combining reproductive failure with cerebellar ataxia – ...

Neuroscience

Study offers new approach for spinal muscular atrophy

Spinal muscular atrophy is a debilitating neuromuscular disease that in its most severe form is the leading genetic cause of infant death. By experimenting with an ALS drug in two very different animal models, researchers ...

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