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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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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]

Forty new genes linked to intelligence in humans

30 May 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A study of almost 80,000 people has identified 40 new genes linked to intelligence... [Read More]

Resistance to severe malaria identified in gene variants

22 May 2017 - by Dr Molly Godfrey

A gene variant which gives protection against the most dangerous form of malaria has been identified... [Read More]

Liver gene variants give 'sweet tooth'

08 May 2017 - by Dr Barbara Kramarz

Scientists at the University of Copenhagen have shown that a genetic variant in a liver protein increases a person's preference for sweet food.

Rapid blood test could detect lung cancer

24 April 2017 - by Meghna Kataria

A blood test could swiftly detect gene mutations found in lung cancer, allowing faster commencement of treatment... [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]

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