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While appendix cancer is rare, for a small percentage of patients the disease may be linked to a particular genetic variant, a new study suggests.

Researchers built on earlier research with this study, finding that 1 in 10 people with cancer of the appendix carries a genetic variant associated with cancer predisposition.

"Based on these data, we are able to recommend genetic counse...

Gene editing has for the first time produced modified immune cells finely honed to target and attack cancer cells, researchers say.

A team used the gene editing tool CRISPR to alter immune cells drawn from 16 patients who had a variety of solid cancers, including colon, breast and lung.

According to a report in the journal Nature, the genes of these immune cells were edited...

Autism is a more comprehensive disorder than previously thought, and appears to arise from brain changes located throughout the cerebral cortex, not just in specific areas, a new study reports.

Because of autism's specific symptoms, scientists had thought the disorder was likely caused by changes in brain regions believed to affect social behavior and language.

But the new study -- ...

Some children struggle to read or spell because of a condition called dyslexia that is known to run in families.

Now, researchers report they have pinpointed a large number of genes responsible for the disorder.

"Our findings show that common genetic differences have very similar effects in boys and...

The Black Death pandemic wiped out as many as half of the people living in some of the Middle Ages' most densely populated places, sweeping through Europe, Asia and Africa nearly 700 years ago.

Now genetic analysis has revealed why some of our ancestors died while others didn't — and how...

Stillbirth is heartbreaking tragedy for parents, but exactly what raises the risk of it remains elusive.

Certain health conditions in a pregnant woman can be a factor, but new research came up with a surprising finding: Stillbirth risk appears to be inherited through male members of the family on eithe...

The answer to how tall a child will be is typically an estimate based on an average of the parents' heights.

But an Australian study that included more than 5 million people has found that more than 12,000 genetic variants influence height.

“Eighty percent of height differences between people are dete...

The fight against malaria could hinge on genetically engineered mosquitoes that have something called "gene drive."

Researchers from the Transmission: Zero team at Imperial College London report that they have engineered mosquitoes that slow the growth in their gut of the parasites that cause malaria. This delay would mean the mosquito would reach its natural life span before the parasite...

Smoking around your child is unhealthy, but it could also harm your future grandchildren, a new study finds.

Children are more likely to develop asthma if their father was exposed to secondhand smoke as a child, according to researchers from...

Patients suspected of having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may soon be able to get a diagnosis much more quickly, not wasting the precious time many have left, new research suggests.

In 20...

A person's unrelated lookalike, commonly known as a doppelganger, may actually share genes that affect not only how they appear, but also their behavior.

In a new study, scientists did DNA analysis on 32 sets of virtual twins — people with strong facial similarities — and found they possessed similar genetic variants.

“Our study provides a rare insight into human likeness by...

More than 70 genes are very strongly associated with autism and more than 250 are linked to the condition, a major new genetic analysis has revealed.

The analysis is the largest of its kind to date, involving more than 150,000 participants, including 20,000 diagnosed with autism.

The researchers found t...

Men are known to be more likely to develop cancer than women, and a new study suggests that this is largely due to biologic differences between the sexes.

“After controlling for factors like smoking, alcohol use, diet, physical activity and common medical conditions [that increase cancer risk]...

It's important to talk to kids about family health risks, but the impact of sharing this kind of information has been unclear.

It's probably safe, according to a new study, but how are you supposed to do it -- and when?

Researchers found that kids generally have no problem coping when cancer risk information is shared with them. But it's not uncommon for parents to struggle with com...

Scientists have unearthed a possible reason why men tend to die at younger ages than women: Those who lose Y chromosomes from their blood cells as they age may be more vulnerable to heart tissue scarring and heart failure.

The research is the latest to look at the phenomenon of "

Genetically altered pig hearts could soon become a viable transplantation alternative for people with life-threatening heart disease, new experiments show.

A team at NYU Langone Health has successfully transplanted two such pig hearts into brain-dead humans on life support, making advances that may soon help address the nationwide organ shortage.

No signs of early rejection were obs...

Genes can put some men at heightened risk of prostate cancer, but a new study suggests they can undo much of that potential harm with a healthy lifestyle.

Researchers found that among men at increased genetic risk of prostate cancer, those who maintained a healthy lifestyle were much less likely to die of the disease over...

Researchers studying genes involved in Alzheimer's disease have identified a new gene, called MGMT, that increases risk for this common dementia in women.

"This is one of a few and perhaps the strongest associations of a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's that is spec...

People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests.

The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people's preferences for particular

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  • If you have a family history of cancer and are considering genetic counseling to measure your risk for the disease, an expert offers some advice.

    Genetic counseling can help you understand your family's cancer history and how it applies to you, said Tanya Eble, an associate professor of molecular and human genetics and a genetic counselor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She outl...

    A blood test could save some colon cancer patients from getting unnecessary chemotherapy following surgery, while making sure that those who would benefit from the treatment get it, researchers report.

    The circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) test looks for minute amounts of genetic material that are released by...

    Tens of thousands of breast cancer patients could safely go without radiation therapy after their tumor has been removed, a new study argues.

    Gene testing helped doctors identify a group of women who skipped radiation therapy because their cancer showed very low...

    If you're taller than average, your genes may affect your risk for a variety of diseases, a new study suggests.

    These include a higher risk for the heart rhythm disorder atrial fibrillation and varicose veins, but a lower risk of coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Other investigators have reported

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  • A combination of genetic testing and health screenings could identify more than 1 million U.S. adults with an inherited risk for a cholesterol disorder that increases their risk for premature heart attack and death, according to a new study.

    About 1 in 250 Americans may have at least one gene for

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  • Many people who get a diagnosis for one mental illness may find they have additional psychiatric conditions, and new genetic research offers an explanation why.

    A number of mental illnesses share genetic similarities, researchers found. This discovery helps explain why multiple conditions are common among people with psychiatric disorders, the investigators pointed out in a new study.

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    After 30 years, researchers believe they finally have definitive evidence of the primary cause of Gulf War syndrome: exposure to low levels of the nerve gas sarin.

    Gulf War syndrome is blamed for leaving a quarter million veterans of the 1991 conflict with a disabling array of long-...

    There is no cure for lupus yet, but new genetic research may at least point to new treatments for the chronic disease.

    An international team of researchers has identified a gene mutation linked with lupus. An autoimmune disease, lupus causes organ and joint inflammation, fatigue and a number of other problems. I...

    If a mother reaches for cakes, chocolates or other snacks when she's feeling down, her children could become emotional eaters as well.

    Kids' chances of becoming emotional eaters are shaped by both their natural eating tendencies and their parent's influence, according to a new British study.

    Emot...

    For the past couple of centuries, humans have been breeding dogs to meet specific physical characteristics - to make Golden Retrievers fluffy, to make Rottweilers muscular, or to make Chihuahuas tiny.

    Dog enthusiasts...

    Genetic mutations build up faster in the brain cells of Alzheimer's disease patients than in other people, new research reveals.

    The discovery could point the way to new Alzheimer's treatments.

    DNA errors called

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  • Cancer patients' blood type may play a role in their risk for dangerous blood clots, researchers say.

    Cancer and its treatments increase the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). That includes de...

    Strong natural protection against cancer-causing mutations may explain why some longtime smokers don't develop lung cancer, according to a new study.

    Researchers compared mutations in cells lining the lungs from 14 never-smokers, ages 11 to 86, and 19 smokers, ages 44 to 81. The smokers had used tobacco up to 116 pack years. One pack year equals 1 pack of cigarettes smoked every day for a...

    Researchers who identified 120 genes linked to schizophrenia say their findings are the strongest ever demonstrating the genetic basis of the psychiatric disorder and could lead to new treatments.

    "Previous research has shown associations between schizophrenia and many anonymous DNA sequences, but rarely has it been possible to link the findings to specific genes," said co-lead author Mic...

    The Human Genome Project produced the most complete map of human genetics ever assembled in 2003 - but that map still held many uncharted territories.

    It did not contain about 8% of the human genome, representing crucial regions and large gaps that have remained hidden from scientists.

    Now, an ambitious team of researchers has gone back and filled those empty spaces, assembling the ...

    An experimental cream-based gene therapy may soon become the first U.S. government-approved means for treating a rare and devastating skin disease that produces "butterfly children."

    Patients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EB) are called butterfly children "because their skin...

    German shepherds are one of the most noble dog breeds on the planet, but they can fall prey to an often deadly swallowing disorder.

    Now, researchers report they have not only identified a gene variant that explains this susceptibility, but they have also designed a test to spot the disease --

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  • Scientists have developed a single test that can rapidly detect a collection of rare genetic diseases -- an advance they hope will shorten the "diagnostic odyssey" that people with these conditions can face.

    The test diagnoses conditions known collectively as "STR-expansion" disorders, which include more than 50 genetic diseases that affect the brain, nervous system and muscles.

    Som...

    Two groups of indigenous people in the Bolivian Amazon have some of the world's lowest dementia rates, and that may offer insight on how to prevent Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found only about 1% of older Tsimane and Moseten people have dementia, compared with 11% of people 65 and older ...

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday gave the green light to the sale of beef from gene-edited cattle.

    "Today's decision underscores our commitment to using a risk and science-based, data-driven process that focuses on safety to the animals containing intentional genomic alterations and safety to the people who eat the food produced by these animals," Dr. Steven M. Solomon, dir...

    Who hasn't had the urge to trace their roots by buying consumer genetic testing kits? But in a new report, researchers warn that you may come across some unexpected, and potentially troubling, information if you discover relatives this way.

    "If you're going to participate in one of these services, you should be ready to learn something about your family that you weren't necessarily expect...

    A massive genetic family tree traces the ancestry of all people today.

    The researchers who created it said it shows how individuals worldwide are related to one another and reveals key events in

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  • Joshua Akey admits he didn't care much for dogs in his youth.

    "My wife, who grew up with dogs, convinced me that we should get a dog our first year in graduate school. I very begrudgingly agreed, and have been a dog person ever since," said Akey, a professor with Princeton University's Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics.

    Akey's turnaround as a dog lover is impressive be...

    Omicron COVID-19 patients are younger and have more breakthrough infections, a new study finds. But people infected with Omicron are also less likely to be hospitalized or need intensive respiratory support than those who'd gotten the earlier Alpha and Delta variants.

    The researchers examined data on patients at Houston Methodist hospital, where by the start of 2022,

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  • It's less enchanting than reading tea leaves, but federal health officials announced Friday that they are expanding nationwide efforts to track COVID-19 by monitoring virus levels found in raw sewage.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expects to add an additional 250 surveillance sites over the next few weeks to a list of more than 400 places that already regularly test ...

    Your sense of smell may not be as good as that of your ancestors.

    A new study that tested volunteers' perceptions of various smells -- including underarm odor -- adds to growing evidence that people's sense of smell is declining, little by little.

    "Genome-wide scans identified novel genetic variants assoc...

    Four in 10 Americans say they've had at least one heart-related issue during the COVID-19 pandemic, and about one in four who have tested positive say COVID has affected their heart health, according to a new online poll.

    Shortness of breath (18%), dizziness (15%), higher blood pressure (15%) and chest pain (13%) were the top problems reported in the survey of 1,000 American adults.

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    Most gene variants that have been labeled "pathogenic" may make only a small difference in a person's risk of actually developing disease, a new study suggests.

    Scouring genetic data on more than 72,000 individuals,

    A one-two punch from science has clearly tagged the mononucleosis virus, Epstein-Barr, as a major cause of multiple sclerosis.

    The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) appears to trigger multiple sclerosis (MS) by tricking the immune systems of some into attacking their body's own nerve cells, a new study indicates.

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    Tobacco use is far and away the leading cause of lung cancer, but non-smokers are also at risk, experts say.

    People who smoke have the highest risk, and smokeless tobacco is also a threat. About 90% of lung cancer cases could be prevented by eliminating tobacco use, according to the World Health Organization...

    Your fingerprints may be more than a surefire way to identify you: New research suggests their patterns may be linked to genes that guide limb development.

    "People may wonder why our team is working on fingerprints," said co-senior study author Sijia Wang, a geneticist at the Shanghai Institute of Nutrition and Health in China. "We started the work purely out of curiosity. But later it tu...