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Ethical, legal and social issues surrounding research on genetic contributions to anti-social behavior

Aggression and Violent Behavior Volume 18, Issue 6, November–December 2013, Pages 605–610 By: Colleen M. Berryessa, Nicole A. Martinez-Martin, Megan A. Allyse Stanford University, Center for ... Read more »

“Jumping Genes” Linked to Schizophrenia

Scientific American By Tia Ghose and LiveScience January 2, 2014 New research suggests that some so-called jumping genes that copy and paste themselves throughout the genome ... Read more »

PRECREST: A phase II prevention and biomarker trial of creatine in at-risk Huntington disease

By: Herminia D. Rosas, MD, Gheorghe Doros, PhD, Sona Gevorkian, MSc, Keith Malarick, BS, Martin Reuter, PhD, Jean-Philippe Coutu, BS, Tyler D. Triggs, BS, ... Read more »

Bioethicists Issue Guidance on Handling Incidental Findings

By: Mike Mitka, MSJ JAMA. 2014;311(6):562-563. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.285785. As secondary or incidental findings become increasingly frequent there needs to be an ethical framework for the reporting of ... Read more »

Neuropathologic assessment of dementia markers in identical and fraternal twins

By: Diego Iacono, Inga Volkman1, Inger Nennesmo, Nancy L. Pedersen, Laura Fratiglioni, Boo Johansson, David Karlsson, Bengt Winblad, Margaret Gatz Brain Pathology DOI: 10.1111/bpa.12127 Abstract Twin studies ... Read more »

Genome-Wide Schizophrenia Studies Reveal the Complexity of “A Beautiful Mind”

By: Patricia F. Dimond Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News February 28, 2014 Disappointing clinical trial results and genetic studies reinforce need for better schizophrenia treatments. Click ... Read more »

Genes maintain stability of autism traits over time

By: Emily Anthes 3 March 2014 Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative Traits that typically accompany autism, such as social impairments and communication difficulties, remain largely consistent as ... Read more »

Should Obesity Be a ‘Disease’?

By CRYSTAL L. HOYT and JENI L. BURNETTE New York Times: Sunday Review February 21, 2014 In June 2013, millions of Americans contracted a disease. They developed ... Read more »

Scientists believe they have found key gene that determines obesity

Agence France-Presse Thursday, 13 March, 2014 Geneticists believe they have pinpointed the most important obesity gene yet, throwing up a possible target for drugs to tackle ... Read more »

The Thorny Ethics of Prenatal Testing

By: Erik Parens Time February 5, 2014 Recent technological advances raise a pressing ethical question: Should prospective parents be able to acquire whatever genetic information they ... Read more »
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