Oncology & Cancer

Exploring the deep link between cancer and genetics

As the cost of genome and exome sequencing falls, its use in characterizing rare diseases and personalizing cancer treatment, for example, is becoming far more frequent. But such analyses may throw up findings unrelated to ...

Genetics

Gene that shapes mutation rate found in mice

Every organism is born with a few mutations in their genome that differ genetically from both of their parents. Such changes in an individual's genetic code create the diversity that allows nature to select advantageous traits ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

The 3 midlife factors that raise your odds for Alzheimer's

Certain lifestyle factors can sway the risk of dementia, and a new study points to the top threats to Americans these days: obesity, physical inactivity and lack of a high school diploma.

Genetics

New genetic risk factors for arrhythmia discovered

A recent study published in Nature Genetics identified 10 new genetic regions associated with Brugada syndrome, a cardiac arrhythmia disorder associated with sudden death in young adults.

Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes can be predicted with epigenetic changes

Children who develop type 1 diabetes show epigenetic changes in the cells of their immune system already before the antibodies of the disease are detected in their blood. The findings of two new studies offer new opportunities ...

Neuroscience

Examining the gene-environment interactions that drive autism

People with autism spectrum disorders all have characteristic behavioral difficulties. Nevertheless, the important heterogeneity of their symptoms remains one of the major questions for scientists and physicians. While a ...

Oncology & Cancer

High prevalence of germline variants in rare endocrine tumors

Certain kinds of tumors can be inherited within families. Identifying the underlying genetic cause is important in treatment, but most studies on these tumors have been carried out on Caucasian populations. Now, a research ...

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