Genetic Testing to Prevent Fatal Brain Disease in Children

A 27-year-old woman wanted to have children but she did not want her children to live as she does, knowing she is genetically inclined to develop a very rare crippling brain disease. ... read more »

Blood Test for Pregnant Women Shows RNA Activity in Fetus

Researchers at Stanford University in California have developed a test that uses a small sample of a pregnant woman's blood to monitor the RNA activity of a fetus throughout pregnancy. ... read more »

Genetic Variations in Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

NAS is caused by opioid-dependence during pregnancy. Researchers revealed a connection between genetic variants in newborns with the condition, length of hospital stay and necessary treatment. ... read more »

Common Genetic Conditions Due to Ethnicity

Some genetic disorders are more likely to occur among people who trace their ancestry to a particular geographic area. People in an ethnic group often share certain versions of their genes, which have been passed down from common ancestors. ... read more »

Reversing Damaged Eggs Due to Cancer Treatments

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have found a way to reverse the damage done to the immature eggs (oocytes) of female mice exposed to radiation. ... read more »

Can Number of Genes Affect Health and Development?

People have two copies of most genes, one copy inherited from each parent. In some cases, however, the number of copies varies'meaning that a person can be born with one, three, or more copies of particular genes. ... read more »

How Chromosome Structure Affects Health and Development

Changes that affect the structure of chromosomes can cause problems with growth, development, and function of the body's systems. These changes can affect many genes along the chromosome and disrupt the proteins made from those genes. ... read more »

How Mitochondrial DNA Affects Health and Development

Mitochondria are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use. Although most DNA is packaged in chromosomes within the nucleus, mitochondria also have a small amount of their own DNA. ... read more »

What Do Statistics Reveal About Genetic Conditions?

Statistical data can provide general information about how common a condition is, how many people have the condition, or how likely it is that a person will develop the condition. Statistics are not personalized, however, they offer estimates based on groups of people. ... read more »

How Do Genes Direct the Production of Proteins?

Most genes contain the information needed to make functional molecules called proteins. (A few genes produce other molecules that help the cell assemble proteins.) The journey from gene to protein is complex and tightly controlled within each cell. ... read more »

Parenting Style Influenced by Genetics

A team of researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) has conducted an in-depth study of parenting styles and concluded it has about as much to do with genetics as it does family tradition. ... read more »

International Study Recommends Ovary Removal by Age 35

For women who carry the BRCA1 gene mutation, the odds of getting ovarian cancer are 39 for every 100 BRCA+ women. Once disease develops, preventive ovary removal surgery by age 35 is the best defense. ... read more »

Research Setting Vs. Clinical Genetic Testing

The main differences between clinical genetic testing and research testing are the purpose of the tests and who receives the results. ... read more »

What Was the Human Genome Project?

The Human Genome Project was an international research effort to determine the sequence of the human genome and identify the genes that it contains. The Project was coordinated by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy. ... read more »

Human Genome Project: Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications

The Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) program was founded in 1990 as an integral part of the Human Genome Project. ... read more »

How Is a Genetic Condition Inherited?

Some genetic conditions are caused by mutations in a single gene. These conditions are usually inherited in one of several straightforward patterns, depending on the gene involved. ... read more »

The Likelihood of Genetic Disorders

When a genetic disorder is diagnosed in a family, family members often want to know the likelihood that they or their children will develop the condition. ... read more »

Possible Treatment Breakthrough: Fragile X Syndrome

Previous medical research has pinpointed the part of the cell affected by FXS but a new study reveals how the problem occurs. ... read more »

Customizing Genes Through Designer Sperm

Scientists have brought us a step closer to stopping genetic diseases before they pass from one generation to the next. ... read more »

Causes of PCOS

What causes PCOS? ... read more »

Metabolic Syndrome in Children

Some people contend that a lot of the disease and conditions that people think of as hereditary actually have nothing to do with your genes, and everything to do with how you were carried and raised. ... read more »

Cells and DNA

Learn about cells, DNA, chromosomes, and genes. ... read more »

Congenital CHARGE Disorder

In 1979, Dr. BD Hall was the first to describe CHARGE disorder. The name CHARGE is an acronym for the effects of the disorder on the body. ... read more »

My Mom Was Infertile - Will I Be?

When I was growing up my mother never talked about infertility problems – most moms that I knew never talked about sex or sexual matters and fertility would fall into that category. ... read more »

Children Born to Guys Over 40 May Live Longer Lives

 It appears that the children and grandchildren of men who become fathers between the late 30s and early 50s live longer lives than children born to younger dads. ... read more »

Scientists Find Gene that Triggers Facial Deformities

Researchers used patients with Potocki-Shaffer syndrome; a condition characterized by the development of a smaller than normal chin and head with developmental delay and discovered a gene common to patients. ... read more »

Is Having Twins Genetic?

When I found out I was having twins one of the first things that came to mind was my paternal aunt. She was the mother of fraternal twins. Then I realized my husband’s sister also gave birth to fraternal twins. ... read more »

Are Twins Genetic?

Whether or not twins are genetic has long been disputed in science. If you’re a mother of twins, you’ve probably had many other women come up to you and ask whether or not there are other sets of twins in your family. ... read more »

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