Genetics

'Gene overdose' causes extreme thinness

Scientists have discovered a genetic cause of extreme thinness for the first time, in a study published today in the journal Nature.

Medical research

Brain and heart link may explain sudden death in Rett

Poets might scoff at the notion that heart and brain are closely related, but scientists led by those at Baylor College of Medicine (www.bcm.edu) say a genetic defect that affects the brain can stop a heart.

Genetics

Researchers discover a new form of hereditary osteoporosis

A research group headed by Professor Outi Mäkitie, University of Helsinki, identified in families with childhood-onset osteoporosis disease-causing mutations in a gene that had previously not been connected with the skeletal ...

Medical research

Inner-ear disorders may cause hyperactivity

Behavioral abnormalities are traditionally thought to originate in the brain. But a new study by researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University has found that inner-ear dysfunction can directly cause ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Scientists identify abnormal disease pathway in dystonia

Scientists tried creating a laboratory model of idiopathic torsion dystonia, a neurological condition marked by uncontrolled movements, particularly twisting and abnormal postures. But the genetic defect that causes dystonia ...

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