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What genetics teaches us about living a long and healthy life

Why do some people live a long and healthy life, while others suffer from age-related diseases? We know that this difference is usually explained by chance or environmental factors, such as diet and living conditions. But that's not all! We should also consider another important... click to read more

  • Paul R. H. J. Timmers | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at MRC Human Genetics Unit, MRC Institute for Genetics and Cancer, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Peter K. Joshi | Principal Investigator at Centre for Global Health Research, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Joris Deelen | Research Group Leader at Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Cologne, Germany
Views 4232
Reading time 4 min
published on Mar 16, 2021
Reading South American history in the native Brazilian genomes

The distribution of the present-day native Brazilian peoples considerably differs from the one found by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. At the time, a third of the Brazilian native population (about 900,000) lived on the Atlantic coast and were part of complex societies. Most... click to read more

  • Marcos A. Castro-Silva | PhD Student at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Tábita Hünemeier | Assistant Professor at Departamento de Genética e Biologia Evolutiva, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Views 4460
Reading time 3 min
published on Feb 12, 2021
Genes coordinating selfishness and altruism between parents and offspring

Parental care is an altruistic behavior broadly observed in nature. Altruistic parents provide their offspring with food and protection. These are costly behavior for parents, that are beneficial for the offspring's development and survival. However, parents can also be selfish. Selfish parents are interested in... click to read more

  • Min Wu | Postdoctoral Fellow at Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University
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Reading time 4 min
published on Jan 11, 2021
A contributing gene for cannabis dependence

It's easy to see how certain traits can be linked back to your genetics, such as your hair color or height. It's also undeniable that some mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, have a strong genetic link. More recently, substance use disorder - a category... click to read more

  • Caitlin E. Burgdorf | PhD graduate at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Anjali M. Rajadhyaksha | Professor, Associate Dean of Program Development at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
  • Francis S. Lee | Chair and Psychiatrist-in-Chief Mortimer D. Sackler, M.D. Professor at Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY 10065, USA
Views 4160
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 8, 2020
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
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Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 10, 2020