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2010-02-21 08:26:08

Working with worms may not be your average person's idea of a good time, but for University of Toronto researcher Dr. Andrew Fraser, they are fascinating. "I think worms are totally cool, like humans only simpler and easier," writes Dr. Fraser on his website. In fact, working with the invertebrates is what brought Dr. Fraser to the AAAS conference in San Diego, California where he presented some of his research findings in a symposium called "The Impact of Genomics." What the NSERC-funded...

2010-02-19 13:57:32

Viruses have played a role in shaping human genetic variability, according to a study published February 19 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics. The researchers, from the Don C. Gnocchi and Eugenio Medea Scientific Institutes, the University of Milan and the Politecnico di Milano, Italy, used population genetics approaches to identify gene variants that augment susceptibility to viral infections or protect from such infections. Viruses have represented a threat to human populations...

2009-08-26 08:30:00

CALGARY, Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ - Building on the success of their send-a-gene feature on Facebook, Genome Alberta has launched a new GenOmics Facebook application built on the NewsCloud Social Media Toolkit. The new site at http://apps.facebook.com/genomics will be a one stop source for genomics and other related 'omics' news including nutrigenomics, metabolomics, and metagenomics. With a few mouse clicks users can post stories from around the web, write their own stories or blogs, check out...

2009-08-06 13:41:02

New research reveals that a simple laboratory assay detects a genetic variation in host response to bacterial infection that is associated with an increased susceptibility for inflammatory disease. The study, published by Cell Press online on August 6th in the American Journal of Human Genetics, also provides fascinating insight into the link between evolution and the ability to ward off pathogens."While previous genome-wide association studies and scans for selection have identified genes...

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2009-07-15 10:40:00

 More than three-quarters of parents would be willing to permit the use of their children's newborn screening samples for research purposes if their permission were obtained beforehand, a University of Michigan survey shows.But permission is crucial: More than half of the parents surveyed said they would be "very unwilling" to permit use of their child's newborn screening sample for future research unless they were allowed a chance to grant or deny permission.This national survey was...

2009-06-16 15:03:25

A Canadian study finds people with a family history of genetic disease are at risk of discrimination from insurance companies and even relatives and friends. Yvonne Bombard and Michael Hayden of the University of British Columbia said the scale of genetic discrimination is largely unknown and their study is the first to focus on the issue in a genetically tested and untested population. The authors surveyed 233 individuals in Canada who were at risk of developing Huntington's disease. None of...

2009-06-08 08:00:00

Brand Includes New Weight Management Genetic Test that Provides Evidence-Based Guidance on Best Diet and Exercise Choices for Individuals WALTHAM, Mass., June 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Interleukin Genetics, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ILI) announced today the introduction of its new Inherent Health(TM) brand of genetic tests and related programs including the first-of-its-kind test for weight management that identifies an individual's genetic tendencies for weight gain and metabolism. The new Weight...

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...

2009-01-09 01:18:46

A genome-wide association study of Kawasaki disease found the genetic variations that can predispose children to the disease, a British researcher said. Michael Levin of the Imperial College London and colleagues said the disease, whose cause is currently unknown, is a rare and severe childhood disorder that occurs mainly in young children. It is the most common cause of childhood acquired heart disease in developed countries, Levin said. The disease is more common in Japanese children and...

2008-09-16 12:00:10

OMAHA, Neb., and CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transgenomic (BULLETIN BOARD: TBIO) today announced a partnership with Key Genomics to develop a molecular diagnostic test which will guide clinicians in their choice of currently available treatments for ovarian cancer. The new test will be powered by Key Genomics' predictive algorithm, COXEN ("CO-eXpression ExtrapolatioN"). Ovarian cancers are often diagnosed at the advanced stage of disease, after the tumor has...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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