The Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as selection of optimal supportive care, informed medical decision-making, prognostic considerations, and avoidance of unnecessary testing. If you or a loved one have recently begun to show symptoms of epileptic seizures unrelated to trauma, it may be genetic. Continue reading “The Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics

Three UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence projects have received funding to create new and innovative ways to educate and engage teachers as well as the public about genetics. Continue reading “Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics” »

Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments

The year is now edging into that time where thousands of people begin to feel a little blue and just want to curl up under a blanket. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder and can be treated with a mild antidepressant until it subsides in the spring but what about those whose constant struggle with depression has them feeling like every treatment has let them down? Continue reading “Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments” »

Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations? September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month, so this is an important opportunity to discuss getting tested for an increased cancer risk could potentially get you life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer” »

Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

About two to three percent of the national population develops psoriatic disease, although scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the population inherit one or more genes that lead to the disease.  Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

Don’t Get Fooled By a Fake Paternity Test

Last week, a woman living in Liverpool, England was jailed for a year for faking the results of a paternity test. Danielle Morris told her ex, Jamie Somers, that he was the father of her daughter.

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Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to Your Genes

The gene FGF21 provides the instructions for creating a hormone of the same name; it is linked with food regulation in rodents and nonhuman primates. This new insight suggests FGF21 might actually moderate some appetites in humans as well. Interestingly, the work also suggests that the liver, which secretes the FGF21 hormone and controls insulin resistance, could be playing a larger role in snack management because it produces this hormone and communicates with the brain. Continue reading “Crave Sweets? It Could Be Due to Your Genes” »

What Do Your Genes Really Determine?

Genes are the basic heredity unit for everything about you from your hair, eye and skin color to how you write, cross your arms and sneeze. The Human Genome Project estimated humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes. Most are the same through all people, it’s only about 1 percent of the total that are unique; these alleles are what distinguished our different physical attributes.

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Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?

With genetic testing getting cheaper, scientists with the BabySeq project want to start offering testing to newborn babies. As well as interest in the study of genetics, scientists want to see what happens when parents know their child’s DNA blueprint right off the bat. Continue reading “Will Gene Scanning Newborns Help or Hinder Their Future?” »

Is Happiness Genetic? 

Is Happiness Genetic

Is happiness hiding in your genes? Scientists who published a report in the Nature Genetics journal propose that some people may be predisposed toward a happier outlook. This doesn’t mean that people who don’t possess these particular genetic components are doomed to a life of sadness. Rather, it suggests insights into why some people appear to be predisposed to happiness.

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