Genetics

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Examining Genetic Influences on Menopause Symptoms

New research from Wei Zhao

Certain genetic factors predictive of reproductive aging are also associated with menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats, according to a University of Michigan-led study published in Menopause: The Journal of The North American Menopause Society. Read more

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Genetic Testing: Employee Perk or Privacy Hazard?

New research from Scott Roberts

Researchers from the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine will lead an interdisciplinary, multi-institution study of the ethical, legal and social implications of workplace genomic testing in the United States. Read more

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Genes for Good: Harnessing the Power of Facebook to Study a Large, Diverse Genetic Pool

New Research from Gonçalo Abecasis and Katharine Brieger

Collecting DNA samples for human genetic studies can be an expensive, lengthy process that has often made it difficult to include diverse populations. Now, University of Michigan researchers believe they have found a way to harness the power of social media to recruit a large, diverse participant pool. Read more

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Massive Sequencing Study Links Rare DNA Alterations to Type 2 Diabetes

New Research from Michael Boehnke

An international consortium of scientists has analyzed protein-coding genes from nearly 46,000 people, linking rare DNA alterations to type 2 diabetes. The study, one of the largest known of its type, includes data from people of European, African American, Hispanic/Latino, East Asian, and South Asian ancestries. Read more