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14 Nov
Cancer of the Appendix: Very Rare, But Genes May Play Role

Cancer of the Appendix: Very Rare, But Genes May Play Role

While appendix cancer is rare, for a small percentage of patients the disease may be linked to a particular genetic variant, a new study suggests.

Researchers built on earlier research with this study, finding that 1 in 10 people with cancer of the appendix carries a ge...

10 Nov
Doctors Use CRISPR Technology to Boost Cancer Immunotherapy

Doctors Use CRISPR Technology to Boost Cancer Immunotherapy

Gene editing has for the first time produced modified immune cells finely honed to target and attack cancer cells, researchers say.

A team used the gene editing tool CRISPR to alter immune cells drawn from 16 patients who had a variety of solid cancers, including colon, ...

03 Nov
Autism Alters Brain in Major Ways, Study Finds

Autism Alters Brain in Major Ways, Study Finds

Autism is a more comprehensive disorder than previously thought, and appears to arise from brain changes located throughout the cerebral cortex, not just in specific areas, a new study reports.

Because of autism's specific symptoms, scientists had thought the disorder wa...

24 Oct
Science Reveals Genes That Help Drive Dyslexia

Science Reveals Genes That Help Drive Dyslexia

Some children struggle to read or spell because of a condition called dyslexia that is known to run in families.

Now, researchers report they have pinpointed a large number of genes respo...

20 Oct
Black Death Reshaped Genes in Ways Affecting People's Health Today

Black Death Reshaped Genes in Ways Affecting People's Health Today

The Black Death pandemic wiped out as many as half of the people living in some of the Middle Ages' most densely populated places, sweeping through Europe, Asia and Africa nearly 700 years ago.

Now

19 Oct
Genes for Stillbirth May Be Passed Down by Male Relatives

Genes for Stillbirth May Be Passed Down by Male Relatives

Stillbirth is heartbreaking tragedy for parents, but exactly what raises the risk of it remains elusive.

Certain health conditions in a pregnant woman can be a factor, but new research came up...

13 Oct
Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

Measuring Up: Scientists Spot Genes Linked to Height

The answer to how tall a child will be is typically an estimate based on an average of the parents' heights.

But an Australian study that included more than 5 million people has found that m...

22 Sep
Scientists Engineer Mosquitoes That Can't Transmit Malaria

Scientists Engineer Mosquitoes That Can't Transmit Malaria

The fight against malaria could hinge on genetically engineered mosquitoes that have something called "gene drive."

Researchers from the Transmission: Zero team at Imperial College London report that they have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth in their gut of th...

15 Sep
Men Exposed to Cigarette Smoke in Childhood More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids

Men Exposed to Cigarette Smoke in Childhood More Likely to Have Asthmatic Kids

Smoking around your child is unhealthy, but it could also harm your future grandchildren, a new study finds.

Children are more likely to develop

07 Sep
Blood Test Shows Promise for Quick Diagnosis of ALS

Blood Test Shows Promise for Quick Diagnosis of ALS

Patients suspected of having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may soon be abl...

23 Aug
Unrelated Folks Who Look Alike Share Similar DNA

Unrelated Folks Who Look Alike Share Similar DNA

A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.

In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facial similarities ...

19 Aug
Major Gene Study Spots DNA Tied to Autism, Other Disorders

Major Gene Study Spots DNA Tied to Autism, Other Disorders

More than 70 genes are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 are linked to the condition, a major new genetic analysis has revealed.

The analysis is the largest of its kind ...

10 Aug
Men More Prone to Cancer Than Women, But Why?

Men More Prone to Cancer Than Women, But Why?

Men are known to be more likely to develop cancer than women, and a new study suggests that this is largely due to biologic differences between the sexes.

“After controlling ...

22 Jul
When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

When Genes Raise a Mom's Risk for Cancer, Is It OK to Tell Kids?

It's important to talk to kids about family health risks, but the impact of sharing this kind of information has been unclear.

It's probably safe, according to a new study, but how are you supposed to do it -- and when?

Researchers found that kids generally have no...

14 Jul
Men Often Die Before Women, and the Y Chromosome May Be to Blame

Men Often Die Before Women, and the Y Chromosome May Be to Blame

Scientists have unearthed a possible reason why men tend to die at younger ages than women: Those who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may be more vulnerable to heart tissue scarring and heart failure.

The research is the latest to look at the phenom...

12 Jul
Pig Hearts Successfully Transplanted Into 2 Brain-Dead Patients

Pig Hearts Successfully Transplanted Into 2 Brain-Dead Patients

Genetically altered pig hearts could soon become a viable transplantation alternative for people with life-threatening heart disease, new experiments show.

A team at NYU Langone Health has successfully transplanted two such pig hearts into brain-dead humans on life suppo...

11 Jul
Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

Think You're at High Risk of Prostate Cancer? Healthy Living Can Slash Odds for Lethal Disease

Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

Researchers found that among men at increased ge...

04 Jul
Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Research Spots Gene That Raises Alzheimer's Risk for Women

Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer's disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.

"This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a

14 Jun
Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's pr...

12 Jun
You, Your Family and Cancer: How Genetic Counseling Works

You, Your Family and Cancer: How Genetic Counseling Works

If you have a family history of cancer and are considering genetic counseling to measure your risk for the disease, an expert offers some advice.

Genetic counseling can help you understand your family's cancer history and how it applies to you, said Tanya Eble, an associ...

07 Jun
Gene Test Lets Some Colon Cancer Patients Safely Skip Chemo

Gene Test Lets Some Colon Cancer Patients Safely Skip Chemo

A blood test could save some colon cancer patients from getting unnecessary chemotherapy following surgery, while making sure that those who would benefit from the treatment get it, researcher...

07 Jun
Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might Skip Radiation

Some Younger Women With Early-Stage Breast Cancers Might Skip Radiation

Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could safely go without radiation therapy after their tumor has been removed, a new study argues.

Gene testing helped doctors identify a group of women who skipped

03 Jun
Your Height Could Be a Factor in Disease Risk

Your Height Could Be a Factor in Disease Risk

If you're taller than average, your genes may affect your risk for a variety of diseases, a new study suggests.

These include a higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and varicose veins, but a lower risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressu...

18 May
Gene Tests Could Spot 1 Million Americans at Risk of High Cholesterol

Gene Tests Could Spot 1 Million Americans at Risk of High Cholesterol

A combination of genetic testing and health screenings could identify more than 1 million U.S. adults with an inherited risk for a cholesterol disorder that increases their risk for premature heart attack and death, according to a new study.

About 1 in 250 Americans may ...

16 May
Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Various Mental Illnesses Share Same Genes: Study

Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why.

A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why m...

12 May
Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

Nerve Gas Sarin Probably Caused Gulf War Syndrome

After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin.

Gul...

04 May
Scientists Get Close to Genetic Cause of Lupus

Scientists Get Close to Genetic Cause of Lupus

There is no cure for lupus yet, but new genetic research may at least point to new treatments for the chronic disease.

An international team of researchers has identified a gene mutation linked with lupus. An

30 Apr
Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

Emotional Eating in Kids: How Much of It Is Mom's Fault?

If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to...

29 Apr
Your Dog's Breed Has Little Influence on Behavior, Study Finds

Your Dog's Breed Has Little Influence on Behavior, Study Finds

For the past couple of centuries, humans have been breeding dogs to meet specific physical characteris...

22 Apr
More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

More DNA Errors Seen in Brain Cells of Alzheimer's Patients

Genetic mutations build up faster in the brain cells of Alzheimer's disease patients than in other people, new research reveals.

The discovery could point the way to new Alzheimer's t...

15 Apr
Blood Type May Predict Which Cancer Patients Are Prone to Clots

Blood Type May Predict Which Cancer Patients Are Prone to Clots

Cancer patients' blood type may play a role in their risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say.

Cancer and its treatments increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). That includes

13 Apr
Why Do Some Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer?

Why Do Some Smokers Never Get Lung Cancer?

Strong natural protection against cancer-causing mutations may explain why some longtime smokers don't develop lung cancer, according to a new study.

Researchers compared mutations in cells lining the lungs from 14 never-smokers, ages 11 to 86, and 19 smokers, ages 44 to...

07 Apr
Study Uncovers Large Collection of Genes Behind Schizophrenia

Study Uncovers Large Collection of Genes Behind Schizophrenia

Researchers who identified 120 genes linked to schizophrenia say their findings are the strongest ever demonstrating the genetic basis of the psychiatric disorder and could lead to new treatments.

"Previous research has shown associations between schizophrenia and many a...

31 Mar
Job Done: Scientists Fill in Missing Gaps to Complete Map of Human Genome

Job Done: Scientists Fill in Missing Gaps to Complete Map of Human Genome

The Human Genome Project produced the most complete map of human genetics ever assembled in 2003 - but that map still held many uncharted territories.

It did not contain about 8% of the human genome, representing crucial regions and large gaps that have remained hidden f...

29 Mar
Saving the 'Butterfly Children:' Gene Therapy Helps Heal Deadly Blistering Condition

Saving the 'Butterfly Children:' Gene Therapy Helps Heal Deadly Blistering Condition

An experimental cream-based gene therapy may soon become the first U.S. government-approved means for treating a rare and devastating skin disease that produces "butterfly children."

Patients with recessive dystrophic

14 Mar
Scientists Discover Cause of Swallowing Disorder in German Shepherds

Scientists Discover Cause of Swallowing Disorder in German Shepherds

German shepherds are one of the most noble dog breeds on the planet, but they can fall prey to an often deadly swallowing disorder.

Now, researchers report they have not only identified a gene variant that explains this susceptibility, but they have also designed a test...

10 Mar
Science Brings Shortcut to Spotting 50 Rare Genetic Diseases

Science Brings Shortcut to Spotting 50 Rare Genetic Diseases

Scientists have developed a single test that can rapidly detect a collection of rare genetic diseases -- an advance they hope will shorten the "diagnostic odyssey" that people with these conditions can face.

The test diagnoses conditions known collectively as "STR-expans...

10 Mar
Amazon Tribes May Have Lowest Rate of Dementia in the World

Amazon Tribes May Have Lowest Rate of Dementia in the World

Two groups of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon have some of the world's lowest dementia rates, and that may offer insight on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers found only about 1% of older Tsimane and Moseten people have

08 Mar
FDA Says Gene-Edited Cattle Are Safe to Eat

FDA Says Gene-Edited Cattle Are Safe to Eat

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle.

"Today's decision underscores our commitment to using a risk and science-based, data-driven process that focuses on safety to the animals containing intentio...

28 Feb
Gene Tests Often Reveal Unknown Relatives

Gene Tests Often Reveal Unknown Relatives

Who hasn't had the urge to trace their roots by buying consumer genetic testing kits? But in a new report, researchers warn that you may come across some unexpected, and potentially troubling, information if you discover relatives this way.

"If you're going to participat...

25 Feb
Researchers Map Out Enormous Human Family Tree

Researchers Map Out Enormous Human Family Tree

A massive genetic family tree traces the ancestry of all people today.

The researchers who created it said it shows how individuals worldwide are related to one another and reveals key events in ...

21 Feb
Dog Years: New Research Will Track Canine Aging

Dog Years: New Research Will Track Canine Aging

Joshua Akey admits he didn't care much for dogs in his youth.

"My wife, who grew up with dogs, convinced me that we should get a dog our first year in graduate school. I very begrudgingly agreed, and have been a dog person ever since," said Akey, a professor with Princet...

07 Feb
Omicron Hits Younger People, But Less Likely to Bring Long Hospital Stays

Omicron Hits Younger People, But Less Likely to Bring Long Hospital Stays

Omicron COVID-19 patients are younger and have more breakthrough infections, a new study finds. But people infected with Omicron are also less likely to be hospitalized or need intensive respiratory support than those who'd gotten the earlier Alpha and Delta variants.

Th...

04 Feb
CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

CDC Turns to Wastewater Data to Track COVID's Spread

It's less enchanting than reading tea leaves, but federal health officials announced Friday that they are expanding nationwide efforts to track COVID-19 by monitoring virus levels found in raw sewage.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to add an ...

04 Feb
Humans' Sense of Smell May Be Getting Duller

Humans' Sense of Smell May Be Getting Duller

Your sense of smell may not be as good as that of your ancestors.

A new study that tested volunteers' perceptions of various smells -- including underarm odor -- adds to growing evidence that people's

02 Feb
Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

Heart Issues Have Affected 4 in 10 U.S. Adults Since Pandemic Began: Survey

Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.

Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), highe...

27 Jan
Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

Did Your Gene Screen Turn Up Dangerous DNA? Study Finds Real Risk Is Low

Most gene variants that have been labeled "pathogenic" may make only a small difference in a person's risk of actually developing disease, a new study suggests.

Scouring genetic data on more than 72,000 individuals,

26 Jan
Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

Scientists Discover How the 'Mono' Virus Might Trigger MS

A one-two punch from science has clearly tagged the mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, as a major cause of multiple sclerosis.

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to trigger multiple sclerosis...

22 Jan
You Don't Have to Smoke to Get Lung Cancer

You Don't Have to Smoke to Get Lung Cancer

Tobacco use is far and away the leading cause of lung cancer, but non-smokers are also at risk, experts say.

People who smoke have the highest risk, and smokeless tobacco is also a threat. About 90% of lung cancer cases could be prevented by eliminating tobacco use, acco...

12 Jan
Scientists ID Genes That Make Your Fingerprints

Scientists ID Genes That Make Your Fingerprints

Your fingerprints may be more than a surefire way to identify you: New research suggests their patterns may be linked to genes that guide limb development.

"People may wonder why our team is working on fingerprints," said co-senior study author Sijia Wang, a geneticist a...

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