Monthly Archives: September 2010

Genetic link to ADHD

Scientists from Cardiff University, writing in The Lancet, have found evidence of a genetic link to attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Stretches of DNA from 366 children who had been diagnosed with the disorder were analysed and compared with DNA from 1,047 … Continue reading

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Migraine cause ‘identified’ as genetic defect

The BBC website today reports that scientists have identified a genetic defect linked to migraine which could provide a target for new treatments. A flawed gene found in a family of migraine sufferers could help trigger the severe headaches, a … Continue reading

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Genetics and Genomics ‘State-side’

This week I’m heading across ‘the pond’ to the United States for a two week visit. I’m being hosted by Jean Jenkins [Senior Clinical Advisor to the Director, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH)] and … Continue reading


BSHG at Warwick

This month saw the annual conference of the British Society for Human Genetics take place at the University of Warwick. As usual the NHS National Genetics Education and Development Centre had an exhibition stand. Lead for the Nursing Professions Programme, … Continue reading

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Science award for rap video

Congratulations to colleagues in the GPU that have been working on the GAMY project – Dr. Rachel Iredale, Kim Madden and Nicki Taverner. The Genetics Rap video that they commissioned from Jon Chase (aka Oort Kuiper) as part of their … Continue reading

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Gene variations & breast cancer

According to BBC news: Gene variations may have breast cancer role. Researchers say they have identified gene variations which may play a role in developing common breast cancer. A study of women in Finland and Sweden found 121 variations in … Continue reading


Exercise, genetics and obesity

According to Netdoctor story: Exercise cuts genetic tendency for obesity that people with a genetic predisposition to obesity can reduce their risk by taking regular exercise, scientists say. A study by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge … Continue reading