Some people appear genetically immune to catching COVID — but scientists are still not sure why

Some people appear genetically immune to catching COVID — but scientists are still not sure why

Amitha Kalaichandran | 
[Molecular biology professor Mayana] Zatz’s work is part of a growing effort to identify factors that may make people resistant ...
Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Obesity, epilepsy, fatty liver and sleep disorders genetically linked to ADHD in adults

Siw Ellen Jakobsen | 
Obesity, epilepsy, alcohol-related liver disease, fatty liver, sleep disorders and COPD. These are some of the many diseases that Swedish ...
Feel refreshed on just 5 hours of rest per night? Some people are blessed with ‘short sleep’ genes

Feel refreshed on just 5 hours of rest per night? Some people are blessed with ‘short sleep’ genes

Sandee LaMotte | 
[Neurologists Chris Jones and Ying-Hui Fu] had been studying advanced sleep-phase syndrome, thought to be a rare type of "morning ...
Viewpoint: Can parents select for healthier children? A new tool for predicting polygenic traits kicks off a fierce debate

Viewpoint: Can parents select for healthier children? A new tool for predicting polygenic traits kicks off a fierce debate

Diana Fleischman, Jonathan Anomaly | 
Motherhood is rewarding, but pregnancy is risky. Pregnant women usually steer clear of environmental risks that can harm the child ...
Centenarians have unique genetic characteristics. Here’s why studying them might help us solve the mystery of longevity

Centenarians have unique genetic characteristics. Here’s why studying them might help us solve the mystery of longevity

Anders Bredberg, Johan Bredberg | 
A recent perspective article on human longevity focuses on socioeconomic standards and health care. In our opinion the authors could ...
Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Genetics can predispose us to certain diseases, but common sense and science-driven interventions can significantly decrease risks

Henry Miller | 
The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
On average, women live 5 years longer than men. It’s mostly genetics

On average, women live 5 years longer than men. It’s mostly genetics

Tara Santora | 
Around the world, women live longer, on average. So why do women tend to outlive men?  Two of the main ...
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Taboo: Why has Africa emerged as the global coronavirus ‘Cold Spot’ — and why are we afraid to talk about it?

Jon Entine, Patrick Whittle | 
The first COVID-19 case in Africa was confirmed on February 14th, 2020, in Egypt. The first in sub-Saharan Africa appeared ...
Genetic differences distinguish closely related northern Chinese, Korean and Japanese populations

Genetic differences distinguish closely related northern Chinese, Korean and Japanese populations

Stephen Chen | 
Researchers at China’s top forensic academy in Beijing say they have found genetic differences between three ethnic groups in East ...
Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

Viewpoint: What’s the future of individualized medicine when you factor in ‘racial’ and genetic differences?

COVID-19 has put race-based health disparities on full display, but such inequities extend far deeper than the current pandemic. An ...
Study: Quagmire surrounds the use and misuse of race in identifying and preventing health disparities

Study: Quagmire surrounds the use and misuse of race in identifying and preventing health disparities

In the 18th and early 19th centuries, Carl Linnaeus and Johann Blumenbach used “race” to taxonomically classify human types. Linnaeus ...
Black women are six times more likely than White women to develop tumors that lead to breast cancer. Do genetically-based racial differences play a role?

Black women are six times more likely than White women to develop tumors that lead to breast cancer. Do genetically-based racial differences play a role?

Amy Norton | 
Compared with white women, Black women are 40% more likely to die of the disease, and twice as likely if ...
Find coffee bitter? Taste-linked gene identified that could be protecting millions of people from getting COVID

Find coffee bitter? Taste-linked gene identified that could be protecting millions of people from getting COVID

Allison Hoover Bartlett | 
People’s perception of taste (coffee tasting very bitter, slightly bitter or not bitter at all, for example) has been known ...
How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

How genetic genealogy helped solve this 50-year old case of a teenage girl’s murder

Isabel Vincent | 
Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, was arrested [June 2] at his home in Minnesota for the 1972 murder of Julie Ann ...
Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Viewpoint: Precision education? Genetic tests purporting to ascertain students’ educational capabilities under fire

Genetic tests claiming to predict people’s intellectual aptitudes or how much education they are likely to get are readily available ...
Viewpoint: 'Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Viewpoint: ‘Magic promised by genetically pruning ‘defective’ embryos has fairy-dusted the eyes of even the most intelligent’ — Maybe it’s time to hit the pause button

Barbara Pfeffer Billauer | 
Advances in genetics have been revolutionized in the last few years. First came CRISPR, which can edit single genes, possibly ...
Does DNA 'determine' our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Does DNA ‘determine’ our health? The way you live your life can significantly modulate the effects of our genetic endowment

Henry Miller | 
The study of genetics has always been an attempt to understand our biologically determined fate. Many of us know of ...
Cappuccino or espresso? How genetics actively regulates the amount of coffee we regularly drink

Cappuccino or espresso? How genetics actively regulates the amount of coffee we regularly drink

Whether you hanker for a hard hit of caffeine or favor the frothiness of a milky cappuccino, your regular coffee ...
For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

For decades, scientists struggled to find a treatment for one of the most common lung cancer mutations. Amgen has won US approval for the first drug targeting the KRAS variant

Joseph Walker | 
[A new] drug, called Lumakras, was approved [May 28] to treat a portion of lung cancer patients with a particular ...
Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Reviving cold cases: DNA Doe Project uses genetic genealogy to solve long-unsolved crimes

Virginia Huges | 
Genetic genealogy debuted more than 20 years ago as a pastime for ancestry enthusiasts. The customer sent a saliva sample ...
Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

Genetic astrology? Nutrigenomic DNA tests: Can you prime your health by tailoring diet and exercise to your biology?

Mariam Sajid | 
"The promise of genetic testing is that it can tell you more about the way you're built so that you ...
DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

DNA test for couples? Start-up Orchid claims its over-the-counter kit can identify complex inherited disorders. Is it ready for prime time?

Emily Mullin | 
A new startup called Orchid is offering the chance for couples planning a pregnancy to learn their odds of passing ...
A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

A clue to long-haul COVID symptoms: Coronavirus might change gene expression

Results from a new cell study suggest that the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein can bring about long-term gene expression changes. The ...
‘The One’ on Netflix claims to find your soulmate based on your DNA. What’s the reality?

‘The One’ on Netflix claims to find your soulmate based on your DNA. What’s the reality?

Andrea Waling, Jennifer Power | 
The Netflix drama The One centres around a geneticist who invents a new matchmaking service. It uses DNA to help people ...
1 percent of European couples are at risk of having a child with a severe recessive genetic disorder

1 percent of European couples are at risk of having a child with a severe recessive genetic disorder

Christie Rizk | 
Based on 6,447 exome sequences of healthy, genetically unrelated Europeans of two distinct ancestries... researchers calculated that each individual is ...
Do omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements lower heart disease risk? Only for people with specific genes, researchers find

Do omega-3 fatty acid fish oil supplements lower heart disease risk? Only for people with specific genes, researchers find

Allyson Mann | 
[N]ew research from a team led by a University of Georgia scientist indicates that taking fish oil only provides health ...
Cilantro is one of the most loved — and hated — herbs. Why does it taste like soap to some people?

Cilantro is one of the most loved — and hated — herbs. Why does it taste like soap to some people?

Coriander, also known as cilantro, is one of the most commonly used herbs in the world, but a preference for ...
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