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Study Provides Evidence Against the Fetal Origins of Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease

A study by researchers at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and colleagues in the Netherlands evaluated the relationship between nutritional ...


We are about to witness a paradigm shift in genetic research. NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, has announced almost $3 million towards ...

How bones reflect genetic variation among populations

Genes that help build strong bones in Europeans or Australians may have a very different effect in people from Southeast Asia. ... Full story

New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified

Novel approach expected to be useful for other diseases too ... Full story

Beards as badges of honour?

Are beards ‘in' again because guys are under pressure? Maybe. ... Full story

New insights into little known but common birth defect: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is not as well known as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but like them it is a life-threatening birth defect, and is just as common. Occurring in one in 3,000 births, CDH causes the guts and liver to protrude through a defective diaphragm and into the chest cavity, where they interfere with the lungs. ... Full story

Gene faults increase melanoma risk

Scientists at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute have identified two new gene faults which dramatically increase the risk of melanoma. ... Full story

Researchers find link between genetic variation and alcohol dependence

The discovery could help scientists develop more effective drugs to combat alcoholism. ... Full story

New Gene Influences Apple or Pear Shape, Risk of Future Disease

Yellow coloring highlights the location of fat cells in this pair of zebrafish. In the adult fish at the top, which is about 10 mm, fat is deposited throughout the body, most notably under the skin on the flanks. At the juvenile stage (below), the 4.5 mm fish only has adipose in and around the belly. ... Full story

Sylvester Leader’s Genetic Studies Provide New Insights into Bone Marrow Disorders

Two important genetic studies driven by the leader of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center provide new insights into an increasingly common bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). ... Full story

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