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'Hidden' code in DNA helps pass down biological traits from parent to offspring
Posted On: Sept. 27, 2011
Washington, Sept 17 (ANI): A new groundbreaking study has found that a "hidden" code linked to the DNA of plants allows them to develop and pass down new biological traits far more rapidly than previously thought. The study by researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies provides the first evidence that an organism's "epigenetic" code - an extra layer ...
'Hidden' code in DNA helps pass down biological traits from parent to offspring
Love and hate for coffee is all in people's genes
Posted On: Sept. 14, 2011
Washington, Sept 14 (ANI): A gene plays a role in influencing how much coffee people drink, according researchers from the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR). Dr Enda Byrne from QIMR said that coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and their study has shown there is a small genetic variant in the population that determines how people ...
Love and hate for coffee is all in people's genes
Gene responsible for regulating chronic pain discovered
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Researchers have discovered a gene that is linked to chronic pain - a finding that could open the door to better pain medications. University of Cambridge researchers have isolated a gene called HCN2, which produces a protein that causes chronic pain. Chronic pain comes in two main varieties, the first, inflammatory pain, occurs when a persistent ...
Gene responsible for regulating chronic pain discovered
Genetic causes behind rare eye disorder discovered
Posted On: Sept. 10, 2011
Washington, Sept 9 (ANI): Researchers from the University of Leeds and the Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, have discovered the genetic causes behind a rare form of inherited eye disorders that lead to cataracts and glaucoma in young children, using next-generation DNA sequencing techniques. The findings should simplify identifying affected families at risk of conceiving children with severely impaired vision, ...
Genetic causes behind rare eye disorder discovered
Genes play key role in making people susceptible to eating disorders
Posted On: Aug. 5, 2011
Washington, July 27 (ANI): People may be genetically predetermined to possess personality traits and temperaments that make them susceptible to eating disorders such as anorexia or bulimia, according to a new research. An international team of scientists has identified possible genetic variations that could influence a patient's recovery from the diseases. Their findings may provide new insights into development of ...
Genes play key role in making people susceptible to eating disorders
Genetic variant that triggers liver cancer in hepatitis C virus carriers found
Posted On: July 16, 2011
London, July 4 (ANI): A recent study has identified a genetic variant associated with the development of liver cancer in chronic hepatitis C virus carriers. Researchers conducted the genome-wide study on 3,312 Japanese individuals, uncovering one SNP associated with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) risk, located on a gene called DEPDC5. HCC is the most common type of liver cancer, the third ...
Genetic variant that triggers liver cancer in hepatitis C virus carriers found
Suffering from back pain? Study says it could be in your genes
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Washington, July 6 (ANI): The most common cause of back pain is ageing. However, a new research from Professor Gregory Livshits of Tel Aviv University's Department of Anatomy and Anthropology at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine shows that genetics are a major contributing factor to this pain. The results of their study can help identify the different mechanisms involved in ...
Suffering from back pain? Study says it could be in your genes
Suffering from restless legs syndrome? It's all in your genes!
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Washington, July 15 (ANI): A team of scientists from Europe, Canada and the US has identified two genetic mutations that cause restless leg syndrome (RLS). The discovery provides new insights on the origins of one of the most common neurological diseases, and could pave the way for new drugs. Around 10 percent adults experience RLS at some point in their ...
Suffering from restless legs syndrome? It's all in your genes!
Genetic mutations behind Meckel, Joubert syndrome identified
Posted On: July 16, 2011
Washington, July 9 (ANI): Scientists have discovered how genetic mutations cause a number of rare human diseases, such as Meckel syndrome, Joubert syndrome and several other disorders. Meckel syndrome causes deadly brain malformations and kidney cysts. Joubert syndrome strikes people with severe movement disorders. The result gives doctors new possible targets for designing better diagnostics to detect and drugs to ...
Genetic mutations behind Meckel, Joubert syndrome identified
How people's genes predispose them to Ankylosing Spondylitis
Posted On: July 16, 2011
London, July 11 (ANI): Researchers have identified a single genetic marker, which could be used to assist in the diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) - a common auto-immune arthritis which causes pain and stiffness of the spine, and in serious cases, progressive fusion of the vertebrae and other affected joints. The team of researchers from the Universities of Bristol, Queensland ...
How people's genes predispose them to Ankylosing Spondylitis
Genetic mutation behind 'Werewolf-face' excessive hair growth discovered
Posted On: June 6, 2011
Washington, June 4 (ANI): An Indian-origin researcher and her team have discovered a chromosomal mutation responsible for a very rare condition in which people grow excess hair all over their bodies. Investigators hope the finding ultimately will lead to new treatments for this and less severe forms of excessive hair growth as well as baldness. Pragna Patel, professor in the ...
Genetic mutation behind 'Werewolf-face' excessive hair growth discovered
Blame your mum for your high BP
Posted On: April 4, 2011
Washington, April 01 (ANI): A research has suggested that a specific genetic defect in one Chinese family have shown that high blood pressure was inherited from the female parent. The defect results from a point mutation - the substitution of a single DNA "base" for another during replication - in the genes of a tiny cellular organ called the mitochondria, ...
Blame your mum for your high BP
DIY DNA tests tell couples about their unborn baby's genetic disease risk
Posted On: March 28, 2011
Melbourne, Mar 27 (ANI): A new do-it-yourself DNA kit, set to be launched by an Australian company, will allow couples to find out if they could pass on a genetic disease to a baby. In January, Sydney-based company Lumigenix, with laboratories in Melbourne and Los Angeles, began offering direct-to-consumer genetic testing of the risk of developing cancers, heart disease, type ...
DIY DNA tests tell couples about their unborn baby's genetic disease risk
Gene discovery could shed light on foetal, childhood growth retardation
Posted On: March 7, 2011
Washington, Mar 6 (ANI): A new discovery University of Montreal researchers could improve our understanding of many disorders such as foetal and childhood growth retardation, abnormal development of body parts and cancer. By working with Canadians of French ancestry who suffer a rare genetic disease, researchers have discovered how three genes contribute to abnormal growth. "As a result of the ...
Gene discovery could shed light on foetal, childhood growth retardation
Study finds gene mutation strongly linked to schizophrenia
Posted On: Feb. 9, 2011
London, Feb 3 (ANI): A team of scientists has discovered a gene mutation strongly linked to schizophrenia and a signaling pathway that may be treatable with existing compounds. "In some ways, this is the kind of gene that the pharmaceutical industry has been waiting for. Its activity can be modulated by synthetic peptides; and some have already been created," said ...
Study finds gene mutation strongly linked to schizophrenia
New genetic variants linked to height identified
Posted On: Jan. 21, 2011
Washington, Jan 4 (ANI): A new study has identified uncommon and previously unknown genetic variants that determine how tall a person will be. The findings may also provide insight into the genetic architecture of other complex traits. Although environmental variables can impact attained adult height, it is clear that height is primarily determined by specific alleles that an individual inherits. ...
New genetic variants linked to height identified
Cigarette smoke causes 'genetic damage within minutes after inhaling'
Posted On: Jan. 21, 2011
Washington, Jan 16 (ANI): Scientists have warned that smoking begins to cause genetic damage within minutes-not years-after inhalation into the lungs. It is the first human study to detail the way certain substances in tobacco cause DNA damage linked to cancer. Stephen S. Hecht and colleagues have pointed out that evidence indicates harmful substances in tobacco smoke termed polycyclic aromatic ...
Cigarette smoke causes 'genetic damage within minutes after inhaling'
Kidney gene linked to increased heart failure risk
Posted On: Jan. 21, 2011
Washington, Jan 18 (ANI): A new study has identified the first DNA sequence variant common in the population that is linked to an increased risk of heart failure, and appears to play a role in causing it. "It's a kidney gene. This protein is not even expressed in the heart. Nobody has previously considered that kidney-specific gene defects might predispose ...
Kidney gene linked to increased heart failure risk
Novel drug may benefit cystic fibrosis patients
Posted On: Dec. 20, 2010
Washington, Dec 18 (ANI): Researchers have suggested that cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with normal to mildly impaired lung function may benefit from a new investigational drug designed to help prevent formation of the sticky mucus that is a hallmark of the disease. Called denufosol, the investigational medication can be given early in the CF disease process, and may help delay ...
Novel drug may benefit cystic fibrosis patients
Inhaled corticosteroids may increase diabetes risk
Posted On: Dec. 16, 2010
Washington, Dec 15 (ANI): Although inhaled corticosteriods are widely used for treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), these drugs may be associated with diabetes development progression, says a study. The researchers found that inhaled corticosteroids were associated with a 34 percent increase in the rate of diabetes onset and in the rate of diabetes progression. At the highest ...
Inhaled corticosteroids may increase diabetes risk
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