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How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process
A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.
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How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process
How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process

A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.

A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.

ABOVE: MODIFIED FROM © ISTOCK.COM, ELIZALIV

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Sunflowers’ Bee-Attracting Ultraviolet Also Helps Retain Moisture
Natalia Mesa | Feb 8, 2022
The dual purposes of the plants’ hidden colors may conflict as the climate warms, authors of a new study suggest.
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Genetic Risks for Depression Differ Between Ancestral Groups
Chloe Tenn | Oct 19, 2021
A large genome-wide association study in East Asians uncovers novel genetic links to depression, calling attention to the consequences of underrepresentation of non-European groups in genetic research data.
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The Genetics Behind Immune Response Variability
The Scientist Creative Services Team | Jan 31, 2022
Researchers seek genomic clues to understand differences in the immune response to infection.
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Genes for Alcohol Use Disorder and Alzheimer’s Risk Overlap: Study
Emma Yasinski | Aug 24, 2021
Genetic, transcriptomic, and epigenetic data reveal molecular mechanisms tying these disorders to each other and to immune disfunction.
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Genetic Variants Tied to Sex Differences in Psychiatric Disorders
Amanda Heidt | Mar 31, 2021
The largest study of its kind identifies single nucleotide polymorphisms with disparate effects on men’s and women’s susceptibility to conditions such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
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Researchers Develop Standards for Reporting Polygenic Risk Scores
Marcus A. Banks | Mar 17, 2021
Current reporting about the contribution of genetic variations to a person’s risk of disease is often incomplete and hard to interpret, according to the authors of a set of best practices for presenting such information.
Key Genes Related to Severe COVID-19 Infection Identified
Max Kozlov | Dec 14, 2020
Differences in the expression of genes associated with antiviral immunity and lung inflammation may contribute to a more serious COVID-19 infection.
Two Genetic Regions Linked with Severe COVID-19
Abby Olena | Jun 8, 2020
In a genome-wide association study, variants in both the ABO blood group locus and a cluster of genes on human chromosome 3 are more common among COVID-19 patients with respiratory failure than in the general population.
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DNA Could Hold Clues to Varying Severity of COVID-19
Marla Broadfoot | Apr 17, 2020
Hundreds of scientists around the globe are launching studies in search of genes that could explain why some people fall victim to coronavirus infection while others escape relatively unscathed.
A New Way to Establish Cause and Effect in Epidemiology?
Rachael Moeller Gorman | Jan 1, 2020
A technique called Mendelian randomization is overturning the conclusions of observational studies in public health. But researchers question whether the method can overcome its fundamental limitations.
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Study of Ugandan Genomes Yields Novel Variants, Health Links
Shawna Williams | Oct 31, 2019
The authors say their results demonstrate the global benefits of studying African genetics.
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Opinion: The Nature of Social Inequalities in Great Britain
Abdel Abdellaoui, Judy Luigjes | Oct 21, 2019
Regional differences in wealth in the UK are tied to genetic variants related to education—and migration is only widening the gap.
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Scientists Seek to Kill Genetic Test for Same-Sex Attraction
Diana Kwon | Oct 17, 2019
Direct-to-consumer “How Gay Are You?” app sold by GenePlaza has been criticized for being misleading and irresponsible. 
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Giant Study Helps Clarify Role of Genes in Same-Sex Sex
Emma Yasinski | Aug 29, 2019
The largest study of its kind to date estimates that genetics accounts for at most 8–25 percent of variation in whether or not a person reports engaging in non-heterosexual behaviors.
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Genetic Study Points to Metabolic Roots of Anorexia Nervosa
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 15, 2019
Some variants implicated in the disease are also linked to other psychiatric disorders.
The Human Genetics of Night Owls and Early Birds
Jef Akst | Jan 31, 2019
When people prefer to go to bed is linked to hundreds of variations in their genes.
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Genes Explain About 11 Percent of Differences in Years of Education
Shawna Williams | Jul 24, 2018
The influence of genetic variants tops that of socioeconomic status.
Genes Tied to Intelligence and Neurotic Behavior Identified
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 26, 2018
Researchers found several hundred genes expressed in the human brain are tied to cognition or neuroses.
Placental Health Influences Baby’s Future Schizophrenia Risk, Study Suggests
Shawna Williams | May 29, 2018
Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.