anorexia

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.

The Associated Press reports that gene-edited food may soon be for sale.

The United Nations is to consider a ban on field testing gene drives at a meeting being held next week, Technology Review reports.

The US Department of Health and Human Services is beginning a series of meetings on human fetal tissue research, Stat News reports.

In Cell this week: epigenetic change linked to glioblastomas, rare and low-frequency variants contributing to multiple sclerosis risk, and more.