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Insomnia could be in your genes

New York: Finding it hard to sleep at night? If so, blame your genes, say researchers, who identified 57 genes associated with symptoms of insomnia, affecting 10 to 20 per cent people worldwide. “Our findings confirm a role for genetics in insomnia symptoms and expand upon the four previously found gene loci for this condition,” […]

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Your slim figure is because of your skinny genes, claims study

London: It’s not only healthy food and exercise, but skinny genes that hold the key ‘to staying slim’, say researchers who found that slim people have a genetic advantage when it comes to maintaining their weight. The study, led by University of Cambridge researchers, looked at why some people manage to stay thin while others […]

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Could DNA screening test become norm to detect genetic diseases?

New York: While adding DNA sequencing to the screening of newborns for hundreds of potential genetic diseases may help accurately identify babies who will develop a disease, it could be too early to recommend for the general public, say researchers. Every baby born in the US is given a routine blood test to screen for […]

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Over 6,000 antibiotic resistance genes in gut bacteria identified

London: Researchers have identified over 6,000 antibiotic resistance genes found in bacteria that inhabit the human gut, which is home to trillions of micro-organisms, mainly bacteria. “Most gut bacteria live in a harmless relationship with the human host. However, the gut is also home to bacteria that can cause infections in hospitalised patients,” said one […]

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Ancient genetic mechanism's discovery to aid treatment: Study

Sydney: Researchers have found new evidence of advanced DNA regulation in an ancient marine organism that shows crucial mechanisms turning genes on and off may have originated much earlier than thought, a discovery that points to better understanding of genetic processes and disease treatment. The study, co-led by Australian researchers, analysed the DNA of “Amphioxus” […]

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Your genes make you tea or coffee lover: Study

New York: Are you a tea or coffee person? The answer may lie in your genetic predisposition towards bitter tastes, say researchers. It could be because bitterness acts as a natural warning system to protect us from harmful substances. The study, led by researchers from US-based Northwestern University, and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in […]

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Your genes may not help you live long

New York: Although long life tends to run in families, genetics has far less influence on life span than previously thought, according to a new analysis of an aggregated set of family trees of more than 400 million people. The study suggests that the heritability of life span is well below past estimates, which failed to […]

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Genes tied to obesity may shield you against diabetes

London: Certain genetic factors may impact our body in intriguingly paradoxical ways. A team of scientists has identified 14 new genetic variations that were linked with higher Body Mass Index (BMI) but have the potential to lower risk of diabetes, lower blood pressure and lower heart disease risk. According to researchers, it is because the […]

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Genes linked to aggressive breast cancer risk identified

New York: Researchers have identified specific genes associated with the increased risk for triple-negative breast cancer, providing the basis for better risk management. Germline genetic testing can identify women at increased risk of breast cancer by evaluating if there are genetic changes, often inherited from a parent, that increase the risk of certain cancers. However, […]

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Pancreatic cancer survival linked to four genes

New York: Researchers have found that alterations in four main genes are responsible for how long patients survive with pancreatic cancer. “The research helps us to understand how the molecular features of pancreatic cancer impact prognosis on an individual level and gives us more facts to guide patients, and importantly, to design future research studies,” said […]

Genes behind evolution of human skin colour identified

New York: Scientists have identified new genetic variants that sheds light on genetics of skin colour, human evolution as well as explains the risk factors for skin cancer. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania found mutations associated with both light and dark pigmentation in diverse African populations that originated more than 300,000 years ago, and […]

Diabetes, heart disease linked by same genes: Study

New York: Researchers have identified gene variants that boost the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and coronary heart disease — the leading cause of global morbidity and mortality, a finding that points to potential targets for common drugs. While the study confirmed most of the known diabetes “risk loci”– sites on the genome where small […]