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Autism gene found that could lead to drug therapy

Scientists have discovered a particular gene that has mutations that affect people with autism spectrum disorder. These alterations change the way brain cells grow and communicate with each other.  Discovery of changes in this specific gene, DIXDC, could help find »

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Genes greatly affect ability to quit smoking

Quitting smoking is difficult, but is more difficult for some people than others. A person’s genetic makeup plays a large part in determining who will succeed by going cold turkey and could also help figure out what cessation program would »

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Can trees adapt to climate change? Perhaps not easily

Some suprising new research shows trees in the same environment have developed shared genes, though they are different species. What researchers have long thought is that genetic solutions to deal with climate change would be complex, involving genetic differences and »

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Exercise can blunt effect of obesity gene: study

People from different ethnic groups can use physical activity to blunt the effect of a major gene for obesity, according to a new study. Researchers at McMaster University in Ontario looked at data from more than 17,000 people from six »

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Scientific community concern over genetic manipulation

Scientists are always trying to push the boundaries of knowledge, but now some are calling for a pause in a specific area of research. The ability to now “edit” the human genome,  or “genetic engineering” has the potential for great »