Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common types of genetic variation among people.
A study found that noninvasive prenatal testing using cell free DNA (cfDNA) reduced the rate of false positive results for fetal trisomies 21 and 18.
When will you give birth? Scientists have uncovered a signal to tell when a pregnant woman is about to start labor.
Some people have naturally won what the rest of us consider to be the genetic lottery: they're tall and they're thin.
Scientists have identified a DNA-based biological clock that provides vital clues about how long a person is likely to live.
While the search for genes that contribute to the risk for autism has advanced, in many ways, the whole picture has become even less clear.
A Down syndrome blood test between 10 to 14 weeks of pregnancy may be more effective in diagnosing than other screening techniques.
To pack two meters of DNA into a microscopic cell, the string of genetic information must be wound extremely carefully into chromosomes. Interestingly, the DNA's sequence causes it to be coiled and uncoiled mu...
Some of the genes known to associated with autism have been found to be switched on as the baby's brain develops during mid- to late-pregnancy.
Researchers have identified a new therapeutic target in a particularly aggressive form of ovarian cancer, paving the way for a new treatment.
With three billion letters in the human genome, it seems hard to imagine that simple gene insertions and deletions could have much of an impact.
First you read that coffee has some health benefits... then something else says coffee should be avoided. Which is it? Your genes know.
Scientists have found that patients with inflammatory bowel diseases had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems than did healthy people.
A team of scientists have developed a prototype DNA reader that could make whole genome profiling an everyday practice in medicine.
Researchers have found a way to identify quickly the 5-10% of patients in whom the painkiller tramadol does not work effectively.
Danish DNA could be linked to happiness, research evaluating the mood of citizens of Denmark seems to suggest. Find out more here.
In one of the largest epigenome-wide association studies, scientists have identified an epigenetic mechanism that alter the risk of obesity-related disease.
Genetic counselors assess individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects.
Insights from epigenomic maps will help determine the role the epigenome plays in learning, memory formation, brain structure and mental illness.
Many diseases have origins in the genome or in reversible chemical changes to DNA - the epigenome. Now, a new tool pinpoints genetic sources of disease.
Vegetables and the microbiome: Whether your body can take advantage of the health benefits of cruciferous vegetables may depend on the microbes in your gut.
Which is more important -- our genes or the environment around us? A field called epigenetics is showing that we can’t really separate one from the other.
Most people feel happy and energized on some days, and less so on others. But if these mood changes are severe, it may be a sign of bipolar disorder.
In normal development, all cells turn off genes they don't need, often by attaching a chemical methyl group to the DNA -- a process called methylation