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Tag: Gene

Gene linked to obesity in children identified

New York: Researchers have identified a common gene variant that increases the risk of obesity in children. In a study published in Obesity journal, the researchers from University of Columbia found that a specific variant (single nucleotide polymorphism) of a gene called “FTO” affects eating behaviour that may be predictive of subsequent weight gain in […]

Key gene behind breast cancer identified

Sydney: Australian researchers have tracked an elusive cancer-promoting gene that appears to be behind aggressive breast cancers, paving the way for crucial therapeutic drug treatment for the deadly disease. Researchers from the University of Queensland, together with Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the US, developed a statistical approach “to reveal many previously hard-to-find genes […]

Your genes may determine how marriage will fare: Study

New York: Do you think you could lead a happy married life? The answer is in your genes, a new study has said. Although prior research has hinted that marital quality is, at least partially, impacted by genetic factors, and that oxytocin may be relevant to social support, according to recent studies, variation on specific […]

Researchers identify gene for treatment of alcoholism

New York: Researchers have identified a gene that could provide a new target for developing medication to prevent and treat alcoholism, according to a new study on mice. Researchers at Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) in the US discovered a gene that had lower expression in the brains of non-human primates which voluntarily consumed […]

Our genes affect where fat is stored in our bodies: Study

London: Researchers have found that whether you store your fat around the trunk or in other parts of your body is highly influenced by genetic factors. The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, also reported that this effect is present predominantly in women and to a much lower extent in men. “We know that […]

Researchers uncover genetic causes of eye disease

New York: Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains, according to new research by the University of California, Davis. According to researchers, many of these genes are likely important in human vision and the results could help identify new causes of hereditary […]

Over 200 genes linked to autism identified

Toronto: Researchers have unravelled a network of more than 200 genes linked to autism, an advance that will help develop new therapies for the common neurological disorder that is estimated to affect one in 160 children worldwide. The new genes were involved in controlling alternative splicing events that are often disrupted in autism spectrum disorder […]

Genes have over 60% influence on academic success: Study

New York: Genetic factors account for about 60 per cent of academic success, even after accounting for intelligence, finds a study. For many years, research has linked educational achievement to life trajectories, such as occupational status, health or happiness. But, the study explains that genes have substantial influence on academic success. The kids were highly […]

Gene linked to hair loss may improve cancer treatment

New York: Scientists have found that a gene associated with autoimmune hair loss disorder may also help improve cancer immunotherapy — treatment that uses body’s own immune system to fight cancer. The findings showed that a gene named IKZF1 recruits T cells in alopecia areata — a condition in which immune cells attack and destroy […]

Scientists identify gene that helps treat cancer

Canberra: The gene that strengthens the human immunity system has been identified by Australian scientists, it was revealed on Monday. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)identified the gene that plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune response to infection including cancer and diabetes. The gene has existed for 500 million years. […]

New gene therapy may 'turn off' asthma

Sydney: Researchers have developed a new gene therapy that may help to ‘turn-off’ the immune response which causes allergic reaction such as asthma, or potentially lethal food allergies, researchers have found. “When someone has an allergy or asthma flare-up, the symptoms they experience results from immune cells reacting to protein in the allergen,” said Ray […]

6,500 genes expressed differently in men and women: Study

New York: Researchers at Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have identified around 6,500 genes that are expressed — copied out to make proteins — differently in men and women. The detailed map of these genes, reported in the journal BMC Biology, suggests that males and females undergo a sort of separate, but interconnected evolution. […]

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Sleep loss of one night can alter genes: Swedish scientists

London: Losing even one night of sleep can alter your genes, putting you at an increased risk of obesity and Type 2 diabetes, new research says. Swedish researchers at Uppsala University and the Karolinska Institutet found that genes that control the biological clocks in cells throughout the body are altered even after one night of […]

Genes help fish cope with warming oceans

Melbourne: In a first, the genetic mystery of why some fish are able to adjust to warming oceans has been unlocked. Higher levels of certain stress and immune genes help fish cope with warming temperature in water over the years, the findings showed. Researchers examined how the fish’s genes responded after several generations living at […]

Soon, test to measure genetic risk of prostate cancer

New York: A simple blood or urine test could soon identify men with an elevated, genetically-inherited risk for prostate cancer, suggests new research that spotted genetic risk factors associated with the disease. “We developed a risk model that may have clinical value,” said lead researcher John Witte, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics and of urology […]

Gene may help reduce GM contamination

Researchers have identified a gene that can help reduce potential contamination of conventional crops by genetically modified crops