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Google To Collect Genetic And Molecular Info From Thousands

Google To Collect Genetic And Molecular Info From Thousands

By Chris Crum July 25, 2014

Google is reportedly set to collect genetic and molecular information from thousands of people (it’s already done so with 175) to get a better picture of human health. This is according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal, …

Gene Sequence For Freckles May Have Been Found Gene Sequence For Freckles May Have Been Found

A new study published today in the journal Cell shows that researchers may have isolated a genetic sequence that promotes both sun sensitivity and freckles. The study looked thousands of Icelandic citizens, comparing their DNA to determine where traits may …

Genetic Markers Linked to Schizophrenia Genetic Markers Linked to Schizophrenia

The causes of mental illnesses are often obscured in a cloud of of environmental, genetic, and personal factors. Now, one study has uncovered a framework for the genetic portion of schizophrenia. The study, published this week in the journal Nature …

Study: Alcoholism, Eating Disorders Linked by Genes Study: Alcoholism, Eating Disorders Linked by Genes
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Alcoholism and eating disorders have both been found to have a genetic component for those at risk. Now, a new study has shown that these diseases may actually be linked to each other genetically. The study, published in the Journal …

Albino Gorilla Was Inbred, Shows Study Albino Gorilla Was Inbred, Shows Study

A new study published in the journal BMC Genomics has found that famous albino gorilla Snowflake’s white hair was caused by inbreeding. Researchers at the Barcelona Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Pompeu Fabra in Spain have sequenced …

Melanomas Often Mutate in Two Specific Ways Melanomas Often Mutate in Two Specific Ways

A new study has shown that 71% of melanoma tumors have two specific mutations. The mutations were found in an area of the cancer genome where cancer-related mutations have not been found previously. “This new finding represents an initial foray …

Potential AIDS Cure Could Make HIV Dormant Potential AIDS Cure Could Make HIV Dormant
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A new study published this month in the journal Human Gene Therapy has shown that a modified protein from the HIV virus itself could someday be used to prevent AIDS. “This is like fighting fire with fire,” said David Harrich, …

Quadruple Helix DNA Spotted in Human Cells Quadruple Helix DNA Spotted in Human Cells

It’s been nearly 60 years since the structure of DNA was found to be a double helix. Now, researchers at the University of Cambridge have found that “quadruple helix” DNA structures can also be found in the human genome. A …

Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics? Is The Future Of Marketing In Genetics?
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At risk of sounding like a total nutjob, I want to explore some interesting technologies that are developing that could one day have an impact on how marketers target their audiences, and how consumers are fed information by those who …

Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Lower Brain Amyloid Alzheimer’s Gene Linked to Lower Brain Amyloid
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The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) today announced that researchers investigating a gene known to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s have discovered the gene is also associated with lower levels of beta amyloid in healthy older people. This finding …

Breast Cancer Study Shows Genetic Origins Breast Cancer Study Shows Genetic Origins

A study published this week in the journal Nature shows that some types breast cancers are genetically similar to ovarian tumors. Basal-like breast tumors, one of the most deadly types of breast cancers, were found to be more genetically similar …

Mutant Mosquitoes Have Florida Residents Scared Mutant Mosquitoes Have Florida Residents Scared
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Mutant Mosquito: The name itself injects fear into my heart. For whatever reason, whether it be genetics or an old gypsy curse, I attract mosquitoes like nobody else. I dread summer, especially if I’m going to Florida. The mosquitoes there …

Sunburn: Your Body’s Way of Maintaining Balance Sunburn: Your Body’s Way of Maintaining Balance
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Sunburns are beyond annoying, which is why I don’t spend very much time out in the sun. When your pasty white Irish blood causes you to fry like a pork sausage whenever you step out into a beautiful summer afternoon, …

Gingers Feel a Different Kind of Pain Gingers Feel a Different Kind of Pain
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People with fair skin and red hair get their distinctive looks from a mutation in the gene that codes for the protein melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R). This protein aides in the synthesis of melanin, the pigment that gives us all …