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Autism math: genetics and pollution exposure over time may boost risk

A federal grant may enable Keck School researcher to pinpoint how and when air pollutants influence developmental delays or autism ...

Research Team Identifies 33 Genes That Contribute to Autism Risk

Powered by Carnegie Mellon and Pitt Statistical Tools, Study Analyzes Largest Autism Sample to Date ...

Scientists find genetic variants influence a person’s response to statins

A large analysis of over 40,000 individuals on statin treatment has identified two new genetic variants which influence how 'bad' cholesterol levels respond to statin therapy. ... Full story

New study casts sharpest light yet on genetic mysteries of autism

Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Our picture of how genetic errors contribute to autism has just gotten sharper. The latest series of clarifications in what, in its totality, is a very complex puzzle, emerges from new research published in Nature today by a team co-led by investigators at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL), Yale University, the University of California, San Francisco, and the University of Washington, Seattle. ... Full story

New way of genome editing could cure hemophilia in mice; may be safer than older method, study shows

A technique developed by Stanford researchers could provide a safer, longer-lasting method of replacing faulty, disease-causing genes with working copies. ... Full story

Changes in Scores of Genes Contribute to Autism Risk

Newfound Genetic Differences Provide Many Hints at Causes ... Full story

Molecular map reveals genetic origins of 21 autoimmune diseases

By Bill Hathaway - Scientists have created a molecular map that pinpoints genetic variants that play a role in 21 different autoimmune diseases, they report Oct. 27 in the journal Nature. ... Full story

In Autoimmune Diseases Affecting Millions, Researchers Pinpoint Genetic Risks, Cellular Culprits

New Software Tool Helps Makes Sense of Previous Genetic Data on Multiple Sclerosis, Type 1 Diabetes, Other Diseases ... Full story

Dozens of Genes Associated with Autism in New Research

Functions of Newly Identified Genes Converge on a Few Important Biological Processes ... Full story

Genes play a key part in the recipe for a happy country

Why are the Danes naturally more cheerful than the Brits, and why are we in turn more upbeat than the French? Research presented as part of this year's ESRC Festival of Social Sciences shows us that the recipe behind a happy nation includes a list of ingredients – including increased equality, a fair and just welfare state, and trustworthy institutions and politicians – but specific genetic factors can have a significant effect. ... Full story

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