Photo from Pixabay MINSK, 14 August (BelTA) – Some 15,000 genetic passports have been issued in Belarus, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB). “A genetic passport is a person's genetic identity card. Genes greatly determine not only our looks and abilities, but also our health. Therefore, it is crucial to establish whether a person will develop certain diseases in later life. If these diseases also depend on lifestyle factors, a person can take measures to prevent them. This is a guide for action. Today the 15,000th genetic passport has been presented to a 37-year old Minsker Yekaterina Astakhova at the Institute of Genetics and Cytology of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. The passport contains the complete genome sequence,” the press service informed. Genetic passports for citizens of Belarus and other countries have been issued by the National Center for Genome Biotechnology of the Institute … [Read more...] about Some 15,000 genetic passports issued in Belarus
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It will become easier to obtain forensic genetic test results after the fees for the services provided by the Forensic Medicine Center have been established. … [Read more...] about Forensic genetic testing rates established
Sometimes I get asked how genes cause cancer. It’s an extremely complex subject and one I’m not qualified in, but here goes. Macmillan Cancer Support also has a patient booklet on the topic. Genes are found in every cell in our bodies. They’re the instruction manual for cells to work properly and they’re written in a code called DNA. When mistakes arise in that code, genetic mutations can result. Many everyday influences can trigger gene mutations. Things like getting older, our environment, smoking, sunlight, our hormones, obesity and our diet. Most cancers develop after a gene mutation happens during a person’s lifetime, in an organ where a cancer later develops. For example, gene mutations that occur in the lungs, often due to smoking, can lead to lung cancer later on. Some people, however, inherit a gene mutation that puts them at a higher-than-average risk of getting cancer. When a cancer occurs in a family more often than in the general … [Read more...] about Dr Miriam Stoppard: Genetics does have a role in cancer risk
When my parents sent their saliva away to a genetic testing company late last year and were informed via email a few weeks later that they are both “100% Ashkenazi Jewish”, it struck me as slightly odd. Most people I know who have done DNA tests received ancestry results that correspond to geographical areas — Chinese, British, West African. Jewish, by comparison, is typically parsed as a religious or cultural identity. I wondered how this was traceable in my parents’ DNA. After arriving in Eastern Europe around a millennia ago, the company’s website explained, Jewish communities remained segregated, by force and by custom, mixing only occasionally with local populations. Isolation and intermarriage slowly narrowed the gene pool, which now gives modern Jews of European descent, like my family, a set of identifiable genetic variations that set them apart from other European populations at a microscopic level. This genetic explanation of my Ashkenazi Jewish … [Read more...] about What does it mean to be genetically Jewish?
For first-time parents Alvin and Stephanie Wood, it was a terrifying and deeply worrying time.Their nearly one-year-old daughter Emilia had changed before their eyes from a child who had seemingly been progressing normally to someone they did not recognise.“She had been a happy kid, giggling and laughing, but suddenly she withdrew from the world around her,” said Stephanie.“She just shut down completely. She wouldn’t look at us and lost all interest in her toys. That was the scariest bit for me. “Their GP referred the family, from Dornoch, to a paediatrician but it was to be another year before medics finally worked out what was wrong with Emilia following a barrage of tests.She has Rett syndrome - a rare, non-inherited neurological disorder. The condition, which predominantly affects girls, is caused by mutations, or faults in a gene called Mecp2.Nearly one in 12,000 babies born each year in the UK have Rett syndrome, which causes severe physical … [Read more...] about Family cling to genetic hope for ‘locked-in’ tot