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Gene linked to obesity – In the News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor posted in on July 27th, 2016.

Research published this week has found one of the strongest genetic links to obesity, with carriers having a 35 per cent increased risk of developing obesity.  The US-based researchers found the genetic variant in Samoan populations, where they have been studying the high rate of obesity. About 45 per cent of the Samoan groups examined […]

US Supreme Court rules human genes cannot be patented – experts respond

Peter Griffin posted in on June 14th, 2013.

AusSMC:The US Supreme Court has ruled that companies cannot patent human genes. The ruling overturns Myriad Genetics patent on genes with links to breast and ovarian cancer. The court has however upheld the ruling that synthetically created exons-only strands of nucleotides known as composite DNA (cDNA) are patentable. The ruling found that “A naturally occurring […]

New Research: Heart attack deaths tied to defective gene

Dacia Herbulock posted in on October 29th, 2008.

University of Otago Christchurch scientists have identified a genetic defect in male patients that nearly doubles the risk of death after heart attack. Men with a variant of the ACE2 gene — already associated with high blood pressure — have a significantly lower survival rates from heart disease, the three-year study has found.  In future, […]

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