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2009-09-15 10:44:12

2 studies look at the benefits and limits of the information in personal genetics Two recent studies by Dartmouth researchers use individual genetic data to reveal the powers and limits of our current understanding of how the genome influences human health and what genes can reveal about the ancestry of the people of New Hampshire. Published in the Sept. 11 issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, Dartmouth Professor Jason Moore and Vanderbilt Professor Scott Williams analyzed how...

2009-09-09 09:27:38

When it comes to health disparities between different groups, how society sees people in terms of race might play a greater role than genetics, according to a new University of Florida study. The study also showed that taking stock of socio-cultural factors might improve our understanding of how genes influence individual health "” regardless of race. Consider high blood pressure, a complex disease governed both by genetic and environmental factors. Not only was social classification...

2009-07-06 15:06:03

As the popularity of take-home DNA kits to trace ancestry or calculate the risk for serious medical conditions grows, there is an increasingly critical need for federal oversight of "direct-to consumer" genetic testing, as well as of the use of DNA samples for research, according to researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and several other academic institutions.In the past year, scientists, sociologists and bioethicists, among others, have come to agree that the technology of...

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2009-07-06 14:07:43

A study published Monday showed that by the age of 5, most triplets are on par with their peers in mental and emotional development, but those born at the lowest weights may still lag behind, Reuters reported. Among 126 singletons, twins and triplets that were followed from birth to age 5, triplets generally trailed behind their peers in cognitive development over the first two years of life, according to a study from an Israeli research team. But the research, published in the journal...

2009-06-30 09:09:22

Avoidance of inbreeding is evident amongst humans, and has been demonstrated in some shorebirds, mice and sand lizards. Researchers writing in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology now report that it also occurs in a strictly monogamous species of bird, suggesting that the black-legged kittiwake possesses the ability to choose partners with a very different genetic profile.The study, led by Richard H. Wagner from the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Ethology of the Austrian Academy of...

2009-05-14 07:36:00

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 14 /PRNewswire/ -- IRBO, Inc., parent company of GenealogyFreelancers.com, announced today that their groundbreaking service that connects experts in the field of ancestry to those seeking their family history has begun the final stage to their successful pilot program initiated in May of 2008. The announcement follows the company's year-long quest for qualified international ancestry specialists and the launch of their pilot site in September 2008. The final phase...

2009-04-29 14:09:23

A new study finds feelings of experienced racial discrimination among African American youths can have negative implications for their feelings about their own race. In a study of African American teens between the ages of 14 and 18 who attended racially heterogeneous schools in the Midwest, researchers found age played a role in a teen's feelings about their race. Older teens who felt they had experienced more racial bias were more likely to feel more negatively about their race. These same...

2009-04-15 18:01:55

A genetic study suggests inbreeding led to the demise of Spain's powerful Hapsburg dynasty, Spanish scientists said. The Hapsburgs ruled a global empire from 1516 until the death of Spain's King Charles II in 1700. Gonzalo Alvarez of Spain's University of Santiago de Compostela said generations of intermarriage left the king unable to provide an heir, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. The study, published in the journal Public Library of Science, found that nine out of 11 Hapsburg...

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2009-04-15 10:13:22

The powerful Habsburg dynasty ruled Spain and its empire from 1516 to 1700 but when King Charles II died in 1700 without any children from his two marriages, the male line died out and the French Bourbon dynasty came to power in Spain. Reporting in the open-access, peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, April 15, Gonzalo Alvarez and colleagues at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, provide genetic evidence to support the historical evidence that the high frequency of inbreeding (mating...

2009-04-07 05:00:00

Nephew of Alex Haley Meets Newfound Scottish Cousin for the First Time PROVO, Utah, April 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Ancestry.com, the world's largest online resource for family history, announced today that the late Alex Haley, author of Roots - the decisive masterpiece that inspired many Americans to take pride in their heritage - was the direct descendent of a Scottish ancestor. The discovery came through an Ancestry.com DNA test taken by Alex Haley's nephew Chris Haley in 2007, where his results...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.