Who owns a twins genetic information is a question asked by many identical twins. Since the genomes would basically be identical, if one identical twin has their genome tested, the results are out there to be discovered about the other twin. This question was tackled by identical twin researchers Arielle Schilit Nitenson, a PhD student in neuroscience at Brown University, and Samantha Schilit a PhD candidate at Harvard specializing in human genetics. After Samantha had a full genome DNA test, the twins disagreed about the privacy of the results. This lead to them writing this scienfic journal article in The Journal of Genetic Counseling titled [...]
Factor XI Deficiency
Factor XI deficiency, which is also listed as hemophilia C, happens when a person has mutated F11 genetics. Male and also women are equally likely to be carriers or to suffer from element XI shortage. The major types of this condition are hemophilia A (also known as classic hemophilia or factor VIII deficiency) and hemophilia B (also known as Christmas disease or factor IX deficiency). Although the two types have very similar signs and symptoms, they are caused by mutations in different genes. People with an unusual form of hemophilia [...]
The Genes Underlying Autism Are Coming Into Focus
As researchers sequence, the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.
In late 2013, psychologist Raphael Bernier welcomed a 12-year-old girl and her parents into his office at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle. The girl had been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, and Bernier had invited the family in to discuss the results of a genetic analysis his collaborator, geneticist Evan Eichler, had performed in search of the cause.
As they chatted, Bernier noticed the girl’s wide-set eyes, [...]
The Importance of DNA Carrier Testing for Muscular Dystrophy
Muscle dystrophy is an inherited genetic condition, which results in the dynamic weakening of the victim’s muscular tissues. This brings about the loss of muscular tissue feature with suffers of muscle dystrophy coming to be badly handicapped as well as facing a reduced lifespan. There is presently no treatment for the various kinds of muscle dystrophy, although a number of therapies and treatments have actually been used to lower the impact of this illness. Most notably, muscle dystrophy is an inherited [...]