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April 18, 2016

The first time: Genetic factors in early sexual activity

Looking at the genomes of over 125,000 British men and women, researchers identified 38 genetic variants which were statistically correlated with the age at which people first had sex. Continue reading

March 31, 2016

Epigenetic changes in developing fetuses linked to smoking during pregnancy

Smoking while pregnant can cause epigenetic changes to the DNA of newborns, according to a large scale meta-analysis of thirteen previous studies. The authors say their results could help explain the higher risks of health problems such as birth defects and cancer in children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy. Continue reading

February 11, 2016

Medical records help shed light on how Neanderthal DNA may impact health

Researchers have begun to unpick how the remnants of Neanderthal DNA resulting from ancient interbreeding might impact the physical and psychiatric health of modern humans. Continue reading

December 17, 2015

Genomes of centenarians yield new genes associated with long life

Researchers have reported finding new genes associated with living an unusually long life, according to a study in PLOS Genetics. By developing a statistical method which incorporates information about genetic risk of developing fatal diseases, the researchers pulled out five new genes associated with living far longer than normal. Continue reading