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 »

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 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 »

Genomic Research

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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Prenatal Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy

All pregnant women in Canada, regardless of age, should be offered, through an informed counseling process, the option of a prenatal screening test for the most common clinically significant fetal aneuploidies. ... 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 »

Understanding Genetics

This "Help Me Understand Genetics" section is from the NLM and presents basic information about genetics in clear language and provides links to online resources. ... read more »

Which Genes Will Your Baby Inherit?

When I was born, I was lucky enough to get my dad’s recessive blue eyes. This doesn’t happen too often though, which always gets people guessing about which traits their baby will ultimately inherit. ... read more »

Will Your Baby Have Dimples?

Let’s face it — dimples are adorable. When a little kid smiles with those expressive indentations on both cheeks, it’s hard not smile yourself from the innocence and sweetness you see. ... 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 »

Will Your Baby’s Eyes Stay Blue?

I come from a blue-eyed, brown-haired family. Every person in my immediate lineage —cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents — has blue eyes and curly brown hair. ... 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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