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SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism)

An SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) is a single chemical unit (base pair) variation in a stretch of DNA. Human DNA is estimated to vary only 1 in every 1000 base pairs between any two people.



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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]

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]

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]

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]

Genetic test could predict age of Alzheimer's onset

27 March 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A genetic test based on 31 markers could be used to predict at what age an individual is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease... [Read More]

Two genes linked to higher chance of having twins

03 May 2016 - by Anneesa Amjad

A study has identified two gene variants that increase the likelihood of a woman having twins and could explain why twins appears to run in families... [Read More]

First genetic link to grey hair found

07 March 2016 - by Helen Robertson

Research has identified a genetic variant involved in causing grey hair during the ageing process... [Read More]

Genetically identical twins born with different eye and skin colour

28 February 2016 - by Hannah Somers

Two baby girls from County Durham are thought to be the first genetically identical twins in the UK to be born with different eye and skin colour... [Read More]

Gene influences ability to quit smoking

07 December 2015 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A gene involved in the brain's reward system has been found to affect people's ability to quit smoking, according to a new study... [Read More]

Genetic findings confirm vitamin D–MS link

01 September 2015 - by Lubna Ahmed

A recent study by researchers in Canada has found that people who are genetically susceptible to low vitamin-D levels are at a higher risk of multiple sclerosis... [Read More]

Ancestral humans had more DNA

17 August 2015 - by Isobel Steer

Compared to ancestral humans, most modern people have lost 40.7 million base pairs of DNA... [Read More]

Epigenetic variation predicts post-natal depression

03 August 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Epigenetic variation can predict the risk of post-natal depression symptoms in women without a history of depression, researchers from the UK and US have found... [Read More]

Strong genetic link found for depression

20 July 2015 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

Two gene variants have been linked to major depressive disorder by an international research consortium... [Read More]

First IVF baby born after new technique to eliminate genetic disease

13 April 2015 - by Dr Rachel Brown

The first baby in Europe has been born following a new IVF-based technique developed to prevent the inheritance of genetic disorders... [Read More]

Aspirin's anti-cancer actions depend on individual genetic make-up

23 March 2015 - by Rhys Baker

Whether or not aspirin reduces a person's risk of bowel cancer could all be down to their genetic make-up, according to a US study... [Read More]

15 new breast cancer 'hotspots' found

16 March 2015 - by Meghna Kataria

A new study has uncovered fifteen novel 'hotspots' in the human genome that increase a woman's risk of developing breast cancer - bringing the total count of known genetic risk factors to 94... [Read More]

Genetic 'fat map' revealed

16 February 2015 - by Kirsty Oswald

A meta-analysis has found that around a fifth of variation in BMI is due to common genetic variation... [Read More]

Two new breast cancer genetic risk factors identified

09 February 2015 - by Dr Rachael Panizzo

An international research collaboration analysing the DNA of 100,000 women has identified two new genetic variants that are associated with an increased risk of the most common form of breast cancer... [Read More]

23andMe only heightens the need for genetic counselling

02 February 2015 - by Dr Joyce Harper

Partially out of curiosity and partially as an assignment for Radio 4's PM show, I was one of the first to 'get to know me', as their company slogan goes, and have my genome analysed by 23andMe... [Read More]

Gene variant protects Latin-American women from breast cancer

27 October 2014 - by Arit Udoh

Latin American women are less likely to have breast cancer because of an inherited genetic trait, a study suggests... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Where To Next for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis? From Polar Body to Blastocyst: The Evolving Genome
16 May 2012  Bregenz Festival House, 1 Vienna Symphony Plaza, Bregenz 6900, Austria
The 11th International Conference of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society...
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day...


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