Expert Analysis:
Biomarkers

July 6, 2016

Genetic risk scores associated with Alzheimer’s marker in young people

A genetic risk score for Alzheimer’s is associated with a known marker of the disease in healthy, young adults, according to the results of a new study. Continue reading

May 23, 2016

Older men missing Y chromosome in blood more likely to develop Alzheimer’s

Researchers tracking older men have found an association between the loss of the male-only Y chromosome in blood cells and higher likelihood of Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Continue reading

January 12, 2016

Will liquid biopsy technology lead to pan-cancer screening tests?

Research institutions and companies are developing tests that can detect the presence of cancer using small fragments of DNA from tumors which have escaped into the bloodstream; so-called ‘liquid biopsies’. Illumina, the industry-leader in DNA sequencing, recently announced formation of a company to develop a blood test that can detect any kind of cancer at an early stage. Continue reading

October 8, 2015

Male sexual orientation identified using epigenetic differences between twins

Epigenetic differences between male twins was used to identify sexual orientation with up to 70 percent accuracy, according to unpublished results presented at the American Society of Human Genetics 2015 annual meeting. Continue reading

September 28, 2015

New genetic links found to heavy smoking and lung disease

Researchers have found five new genetic variants associated with heavy smoking and six new variants associated with lung health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), by using over 50,000 samples from the UK Biobank. Continue reading

June 8, 2015

Genetic risk for schizophrenia or bipolar predicts likelihood of being a creative professional

Genetic risk scores for schizophrenia or bipolar disorder could predict both psychiatric disorders and membership of artistic societies, according to a study in Nature Neuroscience the leading authors to suggest that genetic variants that increase the risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder also influence creativity. Continue reading

May 13, 2015

Singling out genes that mark the deadly onset of sepsis

The activity of eleven genes may provide a means to make an early diagnosis of sepsis, the leading cause of hospital deaths in the United States, according to the authors of a study in Science Translational Medicine. Continue reading