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Trait

A distinguishing characteristic or quality of an organism.



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Risk of developing autism is mostly caused by genetics

02 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Genetic factors may explain most of the risk of developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), suggests a new analysis... [Read More]

What does consent mean for Generation Genome?

18 September 2017 - by Professor Becki Bennett

A public event held on 11 September 2017, Manchester by the Progress Educational Trust... [Read More]

Genes influence ability to read people's minds through their eyes

12 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Our ability to read people's thoughts and emotions through their eyes is influenced by our DNA, new research suggests... [Read More]

Autism and smoking during pregnancy - a mitochondrial inheritance

30 May 2017 - by Professor David Skuse

In recent years, there has been an explosion in the number of children diagnosed with autism. There is seemingly one in every classroom, most of them boys; some are quiet and nerdy, others may be disruptive and aggressive. Most have normal intelligence, and can be educated in mainstream schools. Parents of such children  question why one child is affected... [Read More]

FDA gives go-ahead to first cancer drug based on genetics

30 May 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

The first cancer drug based on a specific genetic feature has been approved by the US drugs regulator... [Read More]

Australia upholds the ban on sex selection: a partial victory in an ongoing struggle

22 May 2017 - by Dr Tereza Hendl

Australia recently saw important developments in the field of assisted reproductive technologies, as the National Health and Medical Research Council released its revision of the Part B of the Ethical Guidelines on the Use of Assisted Reproductive Technology in Clinical Practice and Research. Among other topics, this section is concerned with the regulation of sex selection... [Read More]

Autism linked to grandmothers' smoking

02 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A higher likelihood of autism spectrum disorder and autistic traits have been linked to maternal grandmothers smoking while pregnant... [Read More]

FDA approves home genetic tests for 10 diseases

10 April 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

The US Food and Drug Administration has approved the first genetic test to estimate an individual's risk of disease that can be sold directly to consumers... [Read More]

Autism linked to cognitive genes

06 March 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

Researchers have discovered that genetic variants associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also correlate with higher intelligence... [Read More]

Use of prenatal tests 'must be limited', say bioethicists

06 March 2017 - by Emma Laycock

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has called for a ban on using early prenatal testing to find out the sex or sequence the whole genome of the fetus... [Read More]

Neanderthal genes control human gene expression

27 February 2017 - by Annabel Slater and Ari Haque

Neanderthal DNA is still involved in controlling a range of traits in modern humans... [Read More]

GIANT makes short work of height gene discovery

20 February 2017 - by Professor Darren Griffin

A recent large-scale study that discovered 83 rare genes related to human height reveals the power of so-called genome-wide association studies... [Read More]

83 rare genes influence height, says GIANT

06 February 2017 - by Jamie Rickman

A large international study has uncovered 83 rare genetic variants that can significantly affect a person's height... [Read More]

Discussion of ethics of new IVG technique is needed, say US experts

16 January 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Three US experts say public conversation should begin now on the ethical challenges raised by a new fertility technology that could reprogram any human cell into eggs and sperm... [Read More]

Book Review: Redesigning Life – How Genome Editing will Transform the World

07 November 2016 - by Annabel Slater

Dr John Parrington thinks the ethics of genome editing should be shaped by scientifically informed public debate, and he hopes his book will provide a starting point... [Read More]

Video Review: What If My Neighbour's Kid Was Genetically Modified?

04 July 2016 - by Simon Hazelwood-Smith

Paul Knoepfler's TEDx talk covers familiar ground – designer babies, segregation between 'natural' and GM children, unintended side effects, playing god, and eugenics all feature in his dystopian vision of a future involving genetically modified humans... [Read More]

NIH announces genomic data sharing initiative

13 June 2016 - by Kulraj Singh Bhangra

The US National Institutes of Health has announced a new initiative that encourages the sharing of genomic and clinical data among researchers across the world... [Read More]

Book Review: Not In Your Genes - The Real Reasons Children Are Like Their Parents

03 May 2016 - by Dr Ross Cloney

Oliver James's new book shows little understanding of genetics, instead offering a media-friendly caricature of 'one gene = one trait', while focusing solely on parenting styles to explain human behaviour... [Read More]

Neanderthal DNA linked to today's diseases

22 February 2016 - by Isobel Steer

Neanderthal-derived DNA influences our risk of certain diseases, including addiction, blood clots, skin conditions and depression, a recent study has found.... [Read More]

Genome editing and CRISPR: The science of engineering the embryo

18 January 2016 - by Dr Jess Buxton

We report from the third session of the annual conference of the Progress Educational Trust, titled 'Genome Editing and CRISPR: The Science of Engineering the Embryo', which discussed these new technologies and how they might be used in the future... [Read More]

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