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Finnish ‘violent gene’ study – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on October 29th, 2014.

Two genes that may be associated with violent behaviour have been identified in a study of Finnish criminals, but independent experts are urging caution in interpreting the results. A new study analysing the DNA of 895 Finnish individuals guilty of criminal behaviour found a link between criminal behaviour and variations in two particular genes: cadherin […]

Smelly genes identified by NZ researchers

John Kerr posted in on August 2nd, 2013.

Changing the name of a rose might not alter its smell, but a few tweaks in you DNA could, according to new research from Kiwi scientists. The genetic underpinnings of why some people perceive odours very differently have been highlighted in a pair of studies published today in the journal Current Biology.  Scientists from Plant […]

Smoking genes predict risk – NZ study

John Kerr posted in on March 28th, 2013.

Your DNA may play a significant role in determining whether or not you end up a smoker – and how easy you find it to kick the habit. Many large studies have identified particular gene variants that are more common in smokers than other people, suggesting the they play a role in nicotine dependence. Now […]

Multiple sclerosis genome study offers treatment clues

John Kerr posted in on August 12th, 2011.

A large international study has identified many new genetic variations linked to multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, which included New Zealand researchers and patients, provides new clues to the mechanisms underlying this complex neurodegenerative disorder.  The findings of the study, undertaken by the  International Multiple Sclerosis Genetics Consortium, were published in Nature this week. In […]

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