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Genome-wide association study (GWAS)

A genome-wide association study examines the whole genomes of a large number of individuals, to see if any particular genetic variants are associated with particular traits in those individuals.



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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]

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]

Six genes linked to premature birth

11 September 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Six key genes have been identified in the largest study of premature birth to date... [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]

Blood test for testicular cancer a step closer

19 June 2017 - by Meetal Solanki

Testing for certain genes could identify men with a ten-fold increased risk of testicular cancer, suggests a new study... [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]

Gene linked to depression, and largest genetic study launched

10 April 2017 - by Sarah Gregory

Researchers have identified a gene variant that increases the risk of depression, while elsewhere the largest genetic study testing for risk factors gets underway... [Read More]

New genes linked to brain and ovarian cancer

03 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater

New genes indicating risk of ovarian and brain cancer have been identified using genome-wide association studies... [Read More]


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