anorexia

Search for Risk

A University College London team aims to examine genetic and other factors influencing eating disorder risk, according to the Guardian.

The international team of researchers also examined the genetic ties between personality traits and psychiatric disorders.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from the University of Iowa and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have uncovered variants in two related genes that appear to be associated with the risk of developing an eating disorder.

By genotyping more than 1,000 individuals with anorexia nervosa and almost 4,000 unaffected controls, researchers have identified common SNPs and rare CNVs that appear to be linked to the condition.

Their results, detailed this month in PLoS ONE, suggest that this approach — sequencing, at a high depth, chromosomal regions identified by linkage tests — may be a good method for identifying genes in hereditary disease.

John Mendelsohn, a former president of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has died, the New York Times reports.

Chinese state news agency Xinhua reports that a preliminary investigation has found He Jiankui performed his gene-editing work illegally.

Identical twins receive different estimates of ancestry from the same direct-to-consumer genetic testing firms, CBC reports.

In PNAS this week: chromosomal features of maize, adaptations in the vinous-throated parrotbill, and more.