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2011-02-10 00:12:14

A new strategic plan from an arm of the National Institutes of Health envisions scientists being able to identify genetic bases of most single-gene disorders and gaining new insights into multi-gene disorders in the next decade. This should lead to more accurate diagnoses, new drug targets and the development of practical treatments for many who today lack therapeutic options, according to the plan from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). Molecular pathways that are...

2011-01-31 09:40:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DNA Direct, a wholly owned subsidiary of Medco Health Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MHS) and a leading provider of guidance and decision support for genomic medicine, announced today that Aspirus Wausau Hospital of Wausau, Wisconsin, Atlantic Health of Morristown, New Jersey, Crittenton Hospital Medical Center of Rochester, Michigan and Swedish Covenant Hospital of Chicago, Illinois, have joined the Genomic Medicine Network to provide personalized...

2011-01-29 00:02:16

As scientists continue to crack codes of genetic diseases, http://www.KnowYourGenes.org provides a resource for adults and parents-to-be to help understand what those advances mean. The site includes "Genetic Testing & Pregnancy," "Know Your Family History," "What is Genetic Testing," "Genes 101," and more. New York, NY (PRWEB) January 27, 2011 The Genetic Disease Foundation (GDF) has launched KnowYourGenes.org, a new online resource for people who wish to know more about how genetics...

2011-01-04 03:57:23

Technique leverages gene-dense data chip for new discoveries As much as 90 percent of variation in adult height may be caused by genetic inheritance, but a multitude of genes are involved. Most of these have yet to be discovered. Now a new meta-analysis of data from more than 100,000 people has identified variants in over two dozen genes that were not previously associated with height. The study also confirmed genetic associations in more than 30 previously known height genes. "Although the...

2010-12-06 13:17:00

ITHACA, N.Y., Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since sequencing the human genome, genetic researchers have searched intensively but unearthed little evidence to suggest that inherited genes cause common diseases. For such diseases, which include heart disease, stroke, cancers, diabetes, and disorders such as autism, ADHD and dementia, as well as mental illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, significant genetic causation can now be ruled out with a high degree of confidence....

2010-09-29 12:56:00

International collaboration maps height 'hotspots' in the genome BOSTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international collaboration of more than 200 institutions, led by researchers at Children's Hospital Boston, the Broad Institute, and a half-dozen other institutions in Europe and North America, has identified hundreds of genetic variants that together account for about 10 percent of the inherited variation of height among people. Known as the GIANT (Genetic Investigation of...

2010-06-29 07:00:00

Online Knowledge Share Platform to Provide Valuable Information to Rare Disease Community DANA POINT, Calif., June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every parent needs a supportive, collaborative network full of information where medical professionals, researchers, patients, parents, advocates and the general public share knowledge about the rare childhood diseases that affect 22.5 million American families. RareSpace is an online knowledge sharing platform designed in partnership with...

2010-06-09 13:12:40

New study shows at-risk adults are more likely to give too much importance to genetic causes of disease Does knowing that genes are partly responsible for your health condition mean you are less likely to be motivated to find out about the benefits of behavioral changes? According to Dr. Suzanne O'Neill from the National Human Genome Research Institute/National Institutes of Health, and her colleagues, people on the whole are still interested in how health habits affect disease risk. However,...

2010-03-22 12:52:00

Both Autoimmune Diseases May Respond to a Two-Way Genetic Switch PHILADELPHIA, March 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pediatric researchers analyzing DNA variations in type 1 diabetes and inflammatory bowel disease have found a complex interplay of genes. Some genes have opposing effects, raising the risk of one disease while protecting against the other. In other cases, a gene variant may act in the same direction, raising the risk for both diseases. Both type 1 diabetes (T1D) and...

2010-02-28 07:00:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Genetic diseases affect an estimated 12 million Americans, yet according to a survey of 1,000 people conducted by the Genetic Disease Foundation (GDF), while two-thirds of those surveyed were willing to and saw the benefits of undergoing genetic testing, close to 80 percent had never talked to their physician about genetic screening - an inconsistency that can have serious implications on a person's overall health and the health of their immediate family...


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cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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