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Scientists discover hundreds more genes with potential link to addictions

Apr 3, 2019

Many human diseases, such as tobacco and alcohol addictions, are heritable. Until now, little has been known about what genetic factors contribute to these addictions, and if they put people at risk of inheriting other medical conditions. A recent study, published in Nature Genetics, reveals that…

Some personal beliefs and morals may stem from genetics

Feb 27, 2019

A new baby is often welcomed with speculation about whether they got their eyes and nose from mom or dad, but researchers say it may be possible for children to inherit their parents’ moral characteristics, as well. The researchers found that while parents can help encourage their children to…
News Topics: GeneticsResearch

Researcher to study how adversity can lead to susceptibility to disease

Feb 6, 2019

How adversity early in life can lead to susceptibility to disease will be studied through a project initially funded through Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s "Bridges to Translation" pilot grant program.  Idan Shalev, Mark T. Greenberg Early Career Professor for the Study…
News Topics: StressGenetics

Dyslexia gene may predict concussion susceptibility among football players

Oct 30, 2018

A gene associated with the learning disorder dyslexia may offer researchers clues about variations in individual athletes’ susceptibility to concussions, according to a pilot study by Penn State and Northwestern University.  The results were published in the Journal of Neurotrauma on Oct. 23.  The…

Study of Appalachian adults reveals willingness to participate in research

Jul 11, 2018

The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved has accepted a new study examining health disparities of Appalachian residents. It was conducted by public health professionals from Penn State College of Medicine, Ohio State University, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the…

Open source software valuable resource to Penn State researchers

Jun 29, 2018

OpenMx, a free and open source software that allows researchers to perform their analysis quickly and easily, has recently undergone several upgrades along with the addition of a new YouTube channel. According to Tim Brick, a member of the OpenMx development team and assistant professor of human…

Examining role of genetics, environment in substance use among adopted children

Apr 4, 2018

A five-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will allow scholars from Penn State and three other academic institutions to continue studying the role that both genetics and environment play in the development of early substance use among adopted children. Jenae…