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    Study highlights health consequences of selectively breeding German Shepherd Dogs

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories German Shepherd Dogs (GSDs) could be predisposed to health conditions such as arthritis because of the way they have been bred in recent decades, according to a new study published in the open access journal Canine Genetics and Epidemiology. [...]

    Bronze Age Iberia received fewer steppe invaders than the rest of Europe

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories The genomes of individuals who lived on the Iberian Peninsula in the Bronze Age had minor genetic input from Steppe invaders, suggesting that these migrations played a smaller role in the genetic makeup and culture of Iberian people, compared to other … [...]

    Present-day Lebanese descend from Biblical Canaanites, genetic study suggests

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories In the most recent whole-genome study of ancient remains from the Near East, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute scientists and their collaborators sequenced the entire genomes of 4,000-year-old Canaanite individuals who inhabited the region during the Bro… [...]

    The 16 genetic markers that can cut a life story short

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories The answer to how long each of us will live is partly encoded in our genome. Researchers have identified 16 genetic markers associated with a decreased lifespan, including 14 new to science. This is the largest set of markers of lifespan uncovered to d… [...]

    Neurology professor discusses sleep findings

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Ying-Hui Fu, a UCSF professor of neurology and a pioneer in the study of sleep and genetics, explains the science behind strange sleep patterns and shares why shut-eye is more important than you think. [...]

    Scientists gain clearer picture of how genes affect lean body mass

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Scientists from the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), along with several other research institutions are making great strides in understanding the genetics behind lean body mass, which is largely made up of muscle mass. A … [...]

    Gene drives likely to be foiled by rapid rise of resistance

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories A study in fruit flies suggests that existing approaches to gene drives using CRISPR/Cas9, which aim to spread new genes within a natural population, will be derailed by the development of mutations that give resistance to the drive. Jackson Champer, P… [...]

    Scientists hone in on genetics behind chicken weight adaptation

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Prized for their plumpness, poultry farmers have made incredible gains through agricultural breeding programs to maximize chicken size and weight to benefit worldwide consumption, where demand continues to grow the most for any meat. [...]

    A new era in the interpretation of human genomic variation

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories In a commentary published today in Genetics in Medicine, Heidi Rehm, PhD, highlights the pressing need for standardized human genomic variant interpretation and calls on more stakeholders to join the data sharing movement. [...]

    Newly discovered gene variants link innate immunity and Alzheimer’s disease

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Three new gene variants, found in a genome wide association study of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), point to the brain’s immune cells in the onset of the disorder. These genes encode three proteins that are found in microglia, cells that are part of the bra… [...]