Genetics News

Paternal Obesity Raises Child’s Risk for Autism

April 12th, 2014
Paternal Obesity Raises Child's Risk for AutismChildren with obese fathers may be 53 percent more likely to develop autism than children with average size dads, according to a Norwegian study published in the journal Pediatrics. "Previous research ...

Probing the Heritability of Procrastination and Impulsivity

April 8th, 2014
Probing the Heritability of Procrastination and ImpulsivityNew research suggests procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked, with the two traits stemming from similar evolutionary origins. According to researchers, their findings indicate the traits are related to ...

Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy

April 7th, 2014
Study Shows Autism Begins During Pregnancy Emerging research presents new evidence that autism begins during pregnancy. Investigators analyzed 25 genes in postmortem brain tissue of children with and without autism. These included genes that serve ...

Night Owls are Risk Takers

April 2nd, 2014
Night Owls are Risk TakersResearchers believe women who tend to stay up late and wake up late in the morning are more apt to have the similar risk-taking propensities as risky men. University of ...

Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in Autism

March 27th, 2014
Environment Can Affect Gene Expression in AutismRecent findings suggest that certain environmental factors can influence the development of autism spectrum disorder. About one in 100 people have a form of autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. These ...

Brain Chemical Implicated in Developing Depression

March 27th, 2014
Brain Chemical Implicated in Developing DepressionA new research finding may one day may lead to the development of a new class of antidepressant medications. European researchers discovered, for the first time, that a chemical in the ...

Gene Variant Can Contribute to Forgetfulness

March 22nd, 2014
Gene Variant Can Contribute to ForgetfulnessResearchers have found a connection between short-term memory lapses, such as losing your keys, and the dopamine D2 receptor gene (DRD2). Psychologists from the University of Bonn report that people ...

Environment + Genetics = Math Anxiety

March 19th, 2014
Environment + Genetics = Math Anxiety A new study of math anxiety has found that some people may be at greater risk to fear math not only because of negative experiences, but also because of ...

New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar Psychosis

March 17th, 2014
New Findings on Chemical Linked to Bipolar PsychosisResearchers have discovered a gene that is likely to play a role in the risk of psychosis in bipolar disorders. The condition involves recurrent episodes of mania and ...

Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts Autism

March 16th, 2014
Study Suggests Congenital Toxin Exposure Impacts AutismIn an analysis of U.S. medical records, counties with higher rates of genital deformities in newborn males also had higher rates of autism and intellectual disability (ID). This suggests the ...