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Glossary

Genetic variant

A relatively common alternative version of the DNA sequence in a gene, that by itself does not cause a single gene disorder.



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Major mental illnesses share unexpected gene activity

12 February 2018 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Several psychiatric disorders – autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression – share patterns of gene activity, an international team of scientists has found... [Read More]

Sequencing company proposes trading genetic information for cryptocurrency

12 February 2018 - by Ruth Retassie

Nebula Genomics, a new firm founded by geneticists, has announced its plan to sequence customers’ genomes cheaply and allow them to sell their own genomic information for digital money... [Read More]

Parental genes influence their children through 'genetic nurture'

29 January 2018 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Parental genes can influence their children, even if the genes are not passed down at all, according to a new study... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics - The Future of Genomic Medicine

22 January 2018 - by Sam Sherratt

Over the last few years we've seen a welcome explosion in the number of scientific podcasts aiming to spread the gospel about new research that may otherwise miss the attention of the mainstream media. With this in mind, I recently sat down to listen to an episode of Naked Genetics, a weekly podcast covering the 'latest genetics news and breakthroughs from the DNA world'... [Read More]

Autism, genetics and epigenetics: why the lived experience matters in research

04 December 2017 - by Dr Kristien Hens and Dr Leni Van Goidsenhoven

Popular scientific publications regularly have articles with headlines suggesting that 'autism is hereditary' or that the 'risk for developing autism' is mostly caused by genetics... [Read More]

Gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease found

04 December 2017 - by Ewa Zotow

Researchers have discovered a gene which may reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease... [Read More]

Seventy-two new gene targets for breast cancer found

30 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Two studies have discovered 72 new genetic variants associated with the risk of developing breast cancer... [Read More]

Lifespan linked by study to mutations and lifestyle

23 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

Weight loss, education, giving up smoking, and being open to new experiences have all been linked to longer life... [Read More]

Gene test could improve prediction of breast cancer risk

16 October 2017 - by Hannah Somers

A new genetic test to accurately predict an individual's risk of developing breast cancer will soon be rolled out at two hospital clinics in Manchester... [Read More]

Skin colour genes study gives evolutionary insights

16 October 2017 - by Hannah Tippett Simpson

Some dark skin tones have evolved relatively recently from paler genetic variants... [Read More]

Genome editing targets beta-thalassemia in human embryos

02 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A genome editing technique called 'base editing' has been used to correct the mutation causing the inherited blood disorder beta-thalassemia in human embryos... [Read More]

Financial stress and circadian gene linked to migraine

11 September 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

People with specific variants of a body clock gene are more likely than others to develop migraines under financial hardship... [Read More]

Disease-causing mutation edited out of human embryos

07 August 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Scientists have published their study confirming they are the first to correct a disease-causing mutation in human embryos using genome editing... [Read More]

Alzheimer's disease linked to two new genes, and immune response

24 July 2017 - by Caroline Casey

Two new genes which alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease have been identified... [Read More]

South Asian social systems give insight into genetics

24 July 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Genome-wide analysis in South Asian populations may provide insight into rare genetic diseases, suggests research... [Read More]

What next for genomics? Providing answers, changing lives, transforming the NHS

10 July 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A packed public event, produced by the Progress Educational Trust in partnership with Genomics England, saw the Chief Medical Officer for England launch her report 'Generation Genome'... [Read More]

Preeclampsia risk linked to DNA of baby, not mother

26 June 2017 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Preeclampsia – a dangerous rise in blood pressure in pregnant women – has been linked to a genetic variant found in the baby, instead of the mother... [Read More]

Biotech companies criticise CRISPR mutation study

19 June 2017 - by Charlotte Spicer

Two major biotech companies have criticised a recent study that claimed CRISPR may cause hundreds of unwanted mutations... [Read More]

Genes for insomnia discovered

19 June 2017 - by Lea Goetz

Researchers have found seven risk genes for insomnia through two large genome-wide and gene-based association studies... [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]

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