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2012-10-09 22:11:54

International study with researchers at The Neuro reveals links with other neurodegenerative diseases Scientists at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital — The Neuro, McGill University working with a team at Oxford University have uncovered the genetic defect underlying a group of rare genetic disorders. Using a new technique that has revolutionized genetic studies, the teams determined that mutations in the RMND1 gene were responsible for severe neurodegenerative...

Genetics of Intelligence Remains A Riddle
2012-10-03 12:28:03

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Your intelligence — like almost all other traits — is a gift from your parents, at least in part. Scientists have known for a long time that intelligence is at least partially inherited through genetics. According to psychological scientist Christopher Chabris, however, it may be some time before researchers can identify the specific genetic roots of intelligence. A new study from Union College shows that the genes long...

Hearing Loss Gene Discovered
2012-10-01 05:38:50

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of researchers, led by members of the University of Cincinnati (UC) and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, have reportedly discovered a new genetic mutation that leads to deafness and hearing loss associated with a relatively rare condition. In a September 30 press release, lead investigator and UC assistant professor of ophthalmology Zubair Ahmed explain that he and his colleagues were "able to pinpoint the...

2012-09-20 16:43:40

The cost of sequencing the entire human genome, or exome — the regions of the genome that are translated into proteins that affect cell behavior — has decreased significantly, to the point where the cost of looking at the majority of a patient's genomic data may be less expensive than undertaking one or two targeted genetic tests. While efficient, the acquisition of this much genetic data — in some cases as many as 1.5 to 2 million variants — creates other challenges....

2012-09-12 13:15:45

In a recent study, investigators at Boston University Schools of Medicine (BUSM) and Public Health (BUSPH) identified a gene linking age-related cataracts and Alzheimer's disease. The findings, published online in PLoS ONE, contribute to the growing body of evidence showing that these two diseases, both associated with increasing age, may share common etiologic factors. Gyungah Jun, PhD, from the departments of medicine, ophthalmology and biostatistics at BUSM and BUSPH, served as the...

Autism Risk Increased For Kids Of Older Dads
2012-08-23 10:20:18

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Researchers from deCODE Genetics, an Icelandic firm, recently discovered that a father´s age is connected to an increased risk of autism and schizophrenia. The study states that random mutations can become more prevalent with increased paternal age. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it is the first report by scientists that quantifies the effect of the disorders. The findings were published recently in the online edition...


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