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Genes that influence handedness alter brain architecture

For at least 10,000 years, approximately 90% of humans have preferred using the right hand over the left. The question of why about one in ten people are left-handed has fascinated scientists for centuries, but no clear answer has yet emerged. We already knew that genetic... click to read more

  • Akira Wiberg | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Gwenaëlle Douaud | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • Dominic Furniss | Associate Professor at University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
Views 609
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 10, 2020
The genetic metabolic component of anorexia nervosa

Anorexia nervosa is the deadliest psychiatric disorder and is notoriously challenging to treat. Currently, no medications are effective in its treatment, in part because we do not have a clear understanding of its biological basis. Despite myriad misconceptions, anorexia nervosa does not discriminate and can... click to read more

  • Zeynep Yilmaz | Assistant Professor at Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • Cynthia M. Bulik | Distinguished Professor at Department of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
Views 2334
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Feb 27, 2020
Wolves don’t go doggy in the Alps: two decades of genetic evidence

"Most wolves are hybrids with dogs". It's along with this speculative argument that anti-wolves movements are presently building a case against one of the most emblematic predators, the grey wolf (Canis lupus), as it comes back to Western European forests such as in the Alps.... click to read more

  • Christophe Dufresnes | Researcher at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Luca Fumagalli | Lecturer and Researcher at University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
Views 1372
Reading time 3 min
published on Jul 24, 2019
The happiness chemical that sits on top of our DNA

Sometimes referred to as the happiness chemical, serotonin has a huge role to play in the proper functioning of our bodies. Any imbalance in serotonin levels can lead to all sorts of issues, ranging from intestinal problems to mood changes and depression. In the brain,... click to read more

  • Reinier Prosee | PhD student at Department of Molecular Biology, Section of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Views 1293
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 15, 2019
Genetic determinants of thinness and obesity: cards of the same deck

Obesity is a major public health concern worldwide, with high prevalence paralleling an increasingly "obesogenic" environment that promotes a sedentary lifestyle and poor-quality food choices. However, even within this environment, some people are able to maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI, defined as weight... click to read more

  • Fernando Riveros-Mckay | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Wellcome Sanger Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Inês Barroso | Director of Research at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Views 1565
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jul 12, 2019