Genetics uses information from one or two genes to explain a disease or condition, whereas genomics examines all of the genetic information to determine biological markers predisposing an individual to disease. This category includes news on DNA, genes, microRNAs, chromosomes, inheritance and evolution.
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Our bodies can work in mysterious ways, which sometimes give rise to strange medical conditions. In this Spotlight we look at five of these rare diseases.
Genetic factors can make it more likely that a person will develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, other causes, such as smoking and environmental toxins, are more significant. Preventive measures can help reduce the impact of the genetic risk factors for this disease. Learn more here.
Many factors influence the speed of a person’s metabolism, including their muscle mass, activity level, and genetics. There are several ways to boost metabolism, including eating at regular times, trying high-intensity interval training, and reducing stress. Here, learn about these and other strategies.
The molecular pathways involved in the development of near- and farsightedness are different, according to an animal study of gene changes in the retina.
New research has discovered a molecule that plays a key role in supporting heart function. This finding may lead to better therapy for heart failure.
New research finds that the DNA of people with major depression is biologically older than that of people who do not have the condition.
A new study examines the brains of people with seasonal affective disorder to examine why some people do not develop depression despite being at risk.
New research sheds light on the possible genetic causes of Tourette's syndrome and the brain development disruptions that characterize the condition.
A gene study of 300,000 veterans yields three cholesterol-controlling mutations that could help develop new drugs for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
A new study focusing on nuclear pores finds that manipulating certain cell features could help to stop cancer cells from thriving.
The sudden cessation of drinking in people with harmful drinking habits leads to withdrawal symptoms. But how do genes influence symptom severity?
A study led by Stanford University scientists examines the genes of nearly 500,000 participants and suggests that height may be a cause of varicose veins.
Sleeplessness can lead to a number of negative outcomes, from lost work to car crashes, but a new blood test may now be able to measure sleep deprivation.
Researchers have identified five clusters of genetic variants that may explain the different evolution of type 2 diabetes in different individuals.