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`Common` rare genetic factors responsible for developing autism: Study

Last Updated: Monday, July 21, 2014, 14:53

A recent study has proved that 60 percent of the risk for developing autism is caused by genetics and a major portion of that risk is caused by inherited variant genes that are common in the population and present in individuals without the disorder.

Gene that mediates ageing identified

Last Updated: Friday, July 18, 2014, 17:26

In what could point towards the possibility of one day using therapeutics to combat ageing, researchers have found in animal models that a single gene plays a surprising role in ageing that can be detected early in development.

Genetic `barcode` to identify origin of malaria

Last Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014, 18:31

Containing malaria could be a lot more convenient as researchers have now designed a genetic barcode of malaria parasite, which can be used to identify the geographic origin of the parasite from a blood sample and monitor its spread.

Subtle changes in DNA determine our hair colour

Last Updated: Monday, June 02, 2014, 09:31

Researchers have claimed that a molecule critical to stem cell function plays a major role in determining human hair color.

Unlocked: How heredity, environment affect gene expression

Last Updated: Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:22

Everyone has the same set of genes and it is difficult to determine which genes are heritable or controlled by your DNA versus those that may be affected by the environment. Now, no more.

Age-related decline in sleep quality could be reversed

Last Updated: Thursday, April 03, 2014, 00:37

Researchers have suggested that age-related sleep decline can be prevented and might even be reversible.

`Carb breakdown` gene key player in obesity

Last Updated: Monday, March 31, 2014, 20:02

Scientists have discovered that people with fewer copies of a gene coding for a carb-digesting enzyme may be at higher risk of obesity.

Men four times likelier than women to suffer from autism

Last Updated: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 21:00

Researchers have revealed that that it takes more mutations to trigger autism in women than in men, which may explain why men are four times more likely to have the disorder.

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