Tag Archives: Genetic

Worldwide Study Unlocks Genetic Secrets of Gray Matter

A major international collaboration co-led by UNC School of Medicine scientist Jason Stein, PhD, has produced the first genetic map of the cerebral cortex, identifying more than 300 genetic variants that influence cortical structure and play roles in psychiatric conditions. The cerebral cortex is the relatively thin, folded, outer “gray matter” layer of the brain… Read More »

McGill study identifies new role of major genetic risk factor in Alzheimer’s disease

For years, physicians have been aware that patients carrying the apolipoprotein ꜫ4 (APOE ꜫ4) gene are at a greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. New research from McGill University has now found the gene plays an even greater role in dementia. In a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Neurology, Dr. Pedro… Read More »

Genetic screening of IVF embryos is unlikely to lead to smarter babies

By Michael Le Page ZEPHYR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY As our understanding of genetics grows, so does the potential for people to use it to have babies with particular characteristics. In theory, DNA analysis could help prospective parents choose which IVF embryos to implant on the basis of characteristics like intelligence. But now a study estimates that… Read More »

Genetic testing gives answers on developmental disorders during pregnancy

Research carried out in collaboration with the University of Birmingham has found that genetic testing improves the diagnoses of abnormalities in developing babies that are picked up during ultrasound scans. The research, published today in The Lancet, was carried out by the University of Birmingham’s Institute of Metabolism and Systems, Wellcome Sanger Institute, University of Cambridge,… Read More »