Genetics News

'Machine-Learning' Scans Genomic Database for Autism Clues

‘Machine-Learning’ Scans Genomic Database for Autism Clues

January 7th, 2015
In an effort to better analyze a huge genomic database for autism-related genes, a team of engineers have teamed up with autism researchers to develop a “machine learning” program. So far, the method has identified several genes that help scientists better understand ...
Mom’s Prenatal Exercise Can Improve Child’s Health

Mom’s Prenatal Exercise Can Improve Child’s Health

January 6th, 2015
Emerging research suggests the exercise habits of expecting mothers can possibly lower a child's chances of high blood pressure. The Michigan State University study is the first to suggest that the exercise habits of expecting moms could possibly lower a child's chances of ...
Genetic Mutations Linked to Specific Autism Symptoms

Genetic Mutations Linked to Specific Autism Symptoms

December 27th, 2014
Researchers have found that the wide variety of symptoms found in people with autism can be traced back to certain genetic mutations, with the more damaging mutations leading to worse disease outcomes. Their findings are published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The study, ...
Nature, Nurture Both Figure Into Antisocial Behavior

Nature, Nurture Both Figure Into Antisocial Behavior

December 13th, 2014
If you happen to carry a particular variant for one of three common genes (whether you carry just one or all three), you may be more likely to engage in antisocial behavior, but only if you were exposed to an abusive or ...
Brain Inflammation Appears to Be Common in Autism

Brain Inflammation Appears to Be Common in Autism

December 11th, 2014
In the brains of people with autism, microglial cells (a type of support cell) appear to be constantly activated, with genes for inflammation responses perpetually turned on, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and ...
Parenting Style May Worsen Toddler Aggression

Parenting Style May Worsen Toddler Aggression

December 10th, 2014
A new study dispels the theory that toddler aggression is associated with frustration caused by language problems. University of Montreal researchers now believe parental behavior may play a factor in the link between verbal frustrations and aggression. Physical aggression in toddlers includes frequent hitting, ...
Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Combat Fragile X Autism

Mice Study Suggests Cancer Drug May Combat Fragile X Autism

December 1st, 2014
New research suggests people affected by a common inherited form of autism may be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer. The most common genetic cause of autism spectrum disorders is Fragile X Syndrome, a condition that ...
New Perspective for Psychosis and Schizophrenia

Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...
Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

Rat Study Suggests Schizophrenia May Stem from Surplus Brain Protein

November 25th, 2014
New research discovers a gene associated with schizophrenia also plays a role in brain development. The finding may help to explain the way the disease originates. Bonnie Firestein, Ph.D., a Rutgers professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, says too much ...
New Hope for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

New Hope for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia

November 8th, 2014
Researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine have discovered a genetic biomarker that could help identify schizophrenia patients who are resistant to antipsychotic drugs (about 30 percent of all schizophrenia patients). “Many treatment-resistant patients are not identified as such and are treated ...