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Researchers Identify Gene Variants Linked to Synesthesia

By Catherine Offord | March 6, 2018

A whole-genome analysis of people who experience color when they listen to sounds points to a handful of genes involved in neural development.


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Genetic Risk Factors for Breast Cancer Identified

By Ashley P. Taylor | October 23, 2017

Researchers identify 72 novel genetic variants associated with breast cancer risk.


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Abundant Sequence Errors in Public Databases

By Ruth Williams | February 16, 2017

A new algorithm reveals hoards of preparation-induced DNA mutations in publicly available human sequences.


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Genetic Connections Among Human Traits

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 16, 2016

A study identifies genetic variants that are linked to multiple phenotypes.


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Genetics of Educational Attainment?

By Jef Akst | May 12, 2016

In a study of nearly 300,000 people, researchers identify 74 gene variants that are linked with how long subjects stayed in school.

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A Tree Takes Root

By Ashley P. Taylor | April 1, 2016

Four apparently unrelated individuals share a common ancestor from whom they inherited a rare mutation that predisposed them to the cancer they share.


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Death in the Dust

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2016

Follow Michele Carbone as he tracks down the genetic and environmental drivers of mesothelioma and other cancers.

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Disease-Linked Genes Questioned

By Jef Akst | January 6, 2016

Many patients with genetic variations linked to cardiac disorders do not exhibit any symptoms, raising concerns about the validity of incidental findings of genetic tests.


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Domestication’s Downsides for Dogs

By Ashley P. Taylor | December 21, 2015

The selection of traits suitable for human companionship may have dragged along some unfavorable alleles.


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Autism in the Genes

By Jef Akst | July 22, 2014

Researchers determine that heritability outweighs non-genetic risk factors when it comes to the developmental disorder.


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