Tag Archives: Genetic

Genetic vulnerability to menthol cigarette use

A genetic variant found only in people of African descent significantly increases a smoker’s preference for cigarettes containing menthol, a flavor additive. The variant of the MRGPRX4 gene is five to eight times more frequent among smokers who use menthol cigarettes than other smokers, according to an international group of researchers supported by the U.S.… 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 »

Color Genomics to partner with NorthShore on genetic testing

Color Genomics is continuing to build relationships with healthcare organizations to offer DNA tests to their populations. In its latest move, the Burlingame, Calif.-based DNA-testing company is partnering with NorthShore University HealthSystem to offer its genetic tests to more than 10,000 patients. As part of the collaboration, the hospital system will offer Color’s genomic health… Read More »

FDA recognizes database as reliable resource for genetic test developers

The Food and Drug Administration is blessing a public database for use by genetic test developers that are submitting premarket submissions. The agency says the database is recognized as a source of valid scientific evidence that now can be used by developers of genetic tests to support clinical validity in premarket submissions to the agency.… Read More »

New Genetic Causes Associated with Abnormal Pregnancies, Miscarriages Identified

[unable to retrieve full-text content] New study uncovers genetic causes linked to abnormal pregnancies and miscarriages. Scientists identified three novel genes that are responsible for recurrent molar pregnancies, a rare complication that occurs when a non-viable pregnancy with no embryo implants in the uterus. Medindia Health News