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2009-02-19 08:35:01

Five short reports published simultaneously by the journal Nature Genetics have for the first time identified clusters of genetic markers associated with heart attack and coronary heart disease. In one of the reports, from the largest ever study of its kind, the Myocardial Infarction Genetics Consortium identified nine precise genes associated with an increased risk of infarction (MI), three of them newly discovered; the investigators said that these nine gene variants "identify 20% of the...

2009-02-18 08:26:23

A recent study reported in Crop Science examines methods for facilitating genetic exchange in plant breeding programs.Promoting genetic diversity in crops is traditional practice for agriculture professionals, and with today's technology, scientists are able to develop breeding programs with great care for the security of crops. This is particularly important due to the numerous risks the world's food supplies face with the changing climate. Genetic diversity in a breeding program is...

2009-02-18 07:49:28

A handheld device to predict whether patients will respond adversely to medication is one step closer to the market, thanks to a new partnership announced today. Imperial College London and its spinout company DNA Electronics have developed a prototype healthcare device that assesses whether patients are genetically predisposed to suffering adverse reactions to prescription drugs. They are now carrying out trials to test its effectiveness, thanks to a new partnership with the pharmaceutical...

2009-02-13 23:05:17

British researchers suggest the often quoted 1 in 10 figure for children born through infidelity is unlikely to be true. Dr. Turi King and Mark Jobling from the University of Leicester examined the Y chromosomes of more than 1,600 unrelated men with 40 surnames -- including variations in spelling. Sons inherit both the Y chromosome and generally the surname from their fathers, unlike daughters. The study, published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution, found men with rare surnames...

2009-02-10 09:13:46

A new study conducted at the Duke Institute for Genome and Sciences Policy suggests schizophrenia is in part caused by large, rare structural changes in DNA commonly called copy number variants, or CNVs. These new findings dismiss two decades of research that pointed to single letter alterations in DNA (SNPs) as possible candidates. Researchers at Duke scanned the genome of schizophrenia patients and healthy controls for SNPs and CNVs. None of the SNPs appeared significant, but several CNVs...

2009-02-09 07:00:00

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, February 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In a paper published today, scientists at deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) and academic colleagues from four continents present a novel insight into the connection between inflammation and heart disease. Through a genome-wide search in some 10,000 Icelanders, the deCODE team discovered several common single-letter variations in the sequence of the human genome (SNPs) that increase levels of eosinophils in the bloodstream. These are a...

2009-02-09 07:29:33

Findings may improve understanding of underlying biology, determine preventive needs The largest study ever completed of genetic factors associated with heart attacks has identified nine genetic regions "“ three not previously described "“ that appear to increase the risk for early-onset myocardial infarction. The report from the Myocardial Infarction Genetics Consortium, based on information from a total of 26,000 individuals in 10 countries, will appear in Nature Genetics and is...

2009-02-03 08:33:00

REYKJAVIK, February 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To mark American Heart Month, deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) today announced that during the month of February it will offer its deCODEme Cardio Scan(TM), the unique new tool that enables individuals to better understand their inherited risk of heart attack, stroke and atrial fibrillation, intracranial and abdominal aortic aneurysm, and venous thromboembolism, for the special promotional price of $100. On Thursday, February 5th, just...

2009-02-02 08:41:00

REYKJAVIK, Iceland, February 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Scientists from deCODE genetics (Nasdaq:DCGN) today report the discovery of the first variation in the sequence of the human genome ever shown to confer increased risk of essential tremor. The single-letter variant (or SNP) was discovered by analyzing the genomes of a total of more than 16,000 patients and healthy subjects from Iceland, Austria, Germany and the United States. It is located on the long arm of chromosome 15 in...

2009-01-28 08:54:41

Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia with certain genetic variations can have a different response to anti-cancer treatment than other patients, according to a study in the January 28 issue of JAMA.Pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cure rates have increased from less than 10 percent in the 1960s to more than 80 percent today, although considerable unexplained individual variability exists in treatment response, according to background information in the article.Jun J. Yang,...


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House Mouse, Mus musculus
2012-05-01 11:42:07

Even in the wild, this rodent is associated with humans by destroying crops and stored food. The house mouse is also known as the fancy mouse, a common pet. It is also a widely used laboratory animal, important for testing in genetics, biology, and medicine. There are three recognized subspecies of the house mouse. These mice thrive in a number of locations including fields, houses, and commercial structures. An adult male house mouse can have a body length of up to 3.9 in, and tail length...

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