Genetics

Aging and chronic diseases share genetic factors, study reveals

The global population age 60 or over is growing faster than all younger age groups and faces the tide of chronic diseases threatening their quality of life and posing challenges to healthcare and economic systems. To better ...

Genetics

Putting autoimmune disease genetic links to the test

Studies of autoimmune and inflammatory diseases have identified hundreds of genetic regions thought to be associated with these conditions. At the same time, studies of expression quantitative trait loci (eQTLs) have revealed ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research reveals two genetic loci linked to acute kidney injury

(HealthDay)—Four single-nucleotide polymorphisms at two loci that are associated with acute kidney injury have been identified, according to a study published online Aug. 30 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical ...

Genetics

New genes associated with extreme longevity identified

Centenarians show successful aging as they remain active and alert at very old ages. Scientists at Stanford University and the University of Bologna have begun to unravel the basis for longevity by finding genetic loci associated ...

Oncology & Cancer

New clues about the risk of cancer from low-dose radiation

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have uncovered new clues about the risk of cancer from low-dose radiation, which in this research they define as equivalent ...

Genetics

Genome sequencing of MRSA infection predicts disease severity

The spread of the antibiotic-resistant pathogen MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) remains a concerning public health problem, especially among doctors trying to determine appropriate treatment options for ...

Genetics

A genetic map for complex diseases

Although heavily studied, the specific genetic causes of "complex diseases," a category of disorders which includes autism, diabetes and heart disease, are largely unknown due to byzantine genetic and environmental interactions.

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