New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genes

Psychosocial, environmental, and genetic factors are known to contribute to the risk of developing the disease, but to what extent? New research - carried out by scientists at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark - suggests that almost 80 per cent of the likelihood of having schizophrenia may be genetic

New study reveals, nearly 80 per cent of schizophrenia risk down to genesThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) define schizophrenia as a “chronic, severe, and disabling mental disorder” that affects 1.1 per cent of all adults in the United States. Although the average age of onset for the disease has not been determined, symptoms of schizophrenia usually appear between the ages of 16 and 30. Psychosocial, environmental, […]

Viral diversity testing for HIV to soon be a reality in India

HIV and viral hepatitis are among the biggest public health threats in India today, as they can produce many genotypes, which keep combining to form recombinant strains or mutations making detection trickier. Keping this in min, an AIDS research foundation is set to study the India’s viral diversity to improve accuracy of diagnostic tests

Viral diversity testing for HIV to soon be a reality in IndiaIn India, according to the National Aids Control Organization in 2015, Andra Pradesh and Telangana have the highest estimated number of people living with HIV. This is followed by Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. These seven states together account for two thirds (64.4%) of total estimated people living with HIV. Understanding this, Y.R. […]

Scientists reveal rare yet influential genetic changes related to height

Height is the poster child of complex genetic traits, meaning it is influenced by multiple genetic variants working together. It’s easy to measure, so it makes a relatively simple model for understanding traits produced not by one gene, but by many

Scientists reveal rare yet influential genetic changes related to heightIn the largest, deepest search to date, the international Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits (GIANT) Consortium has uncovered 83 new DNA changes that affect human height. These changes are uncommon, but they have potent effects, with some of them adjusting height by more than 2 cm, or almost 8/10 of an inch. The 700,000-plus-person study […]

Genetic variants associated with gallbladder cancer identified by comparing genomes

While the global prevalence of this cancer varies widely, it is found that certain geographic regions in India which included the north, north-east and along the Gangetic belt had high incidences of it and therefore were prime locations for such a study

Genetic variants associated with gallbladder cancer identified by comparing genomesFor the first time, Tata Memorial Centre researchers found a link between a common genetic variation and the risk of having gallbladder cancer. The study, published in the latest edition of Lancet Oncology’s is a landmark finding, as it will now form the base of gallbladder cancer related researches worldwide. According to the research, it […]