Genes Tell Only Part of the Story

by jeeg 17. February 2015 22:24
  I had intended to discuss President Obama’s plans for personalized precision medicine with my patient Barbara last week, but she missed her appointment. Or, more accurately, she arrived two hours late, made the usual giant fuss at the reception desk and had to be rescheduled. I was ... [More]

Genomic sequencing’s value challenged in Stanford study

by jeeg 16. January 2015 20:54
  The environment may be a much bigger driver of human health than genetics, which raises questions about the value of genomic sequencing and the push toward personalized medicine, says a team of Stanford scientists studying the immune system. “Genomics technology has advanced so much... [More]

CDC: Lifespan more to do with geography than genetics

by jeeg 6. May 2014 21:16
  Living in the Southeast is bad for your health. There is a huge range in the death rates across American states, driven by public policy, regional habits and socioeconomics, Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Thursday. "Your longevity and he... [More]

New Study Implicates Environmental Factors in Autism

by jeeg 7. July 2011 23:29
A new study of twins suggests that environmental factors, including conditions in the womb, may be at least as important as genes in causing autism. The researchers did not say which environmental influences might be at work. But other experts said the new study, released online on Monday, m... [More]

US researchers have identified a gene variant they say can lead to a liberal political outlook

by jeeg 30. October 2010 01:01
Ever wondered why you have a hankering to drive a Prius and drink lattes? Or why you read the Guardian and scrupulously put it in the recycling? There might be a gene for that – with a little help from your friends. Researchers at the University of California and Harvard University have... [More]

Why Genes are Leftwing

by jeeg 14. October 2010 00:54
When the map of the human genome was presented to the world in 2001, psychiatrists had high hopes for it. Itemising all our genes would surely provide molecular evidence that the main cause of mental illness was genetic – something psychiatrists had long believed. Drug companies were wet... [More]

At Risk From the Womb

by jeeg 3. October 2010 16:39
  Some people think we’re shaped primarily by genes. Others believe that the environment we grow up in is most important. But now evidence is mounting that a third factor is also critical: our uterine environment before we’re even born. Researchers are finding indications t... [More]

GM Plants in the Wild?

by jeeg 9. August 2010 03:42
This is the stuff of nightmares: Genetically-modified (GM) plants escaping the confines of agriculture and invading the wild. We thought regular invasive species were bad? They seem tame compared to genetic contamination of the wild. Even more alarming: Some of the plants had a mix of modified... [More]
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