Broad research

  • Variants linked to Kidney Disease in African-Americans

    Alice McCarthy, July 16th, 2010 | Filed under

    A team of researchers, including those associated with the Broad Institute, have come upon what they believe explains the increased risk of kidney disease found in African Americans.  In a Science journal paper published online July 15, investigators identified two variants of the ApoL1 gene located on chromosome 22 that are found in higher frequency in African-Americans with kidney disease.

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  • Dixcd1 ‘Broad-ens’ Neural Development

    Anne Buboltz, July 14th, 2010 | Filed under

    While the rate of major psychiatric diseases, such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression, affect approximately 3 percent of the human population, one particularly unlucky Scottish family was plagued with a 27 percent rate of occurrence. One family’s burden became a scientist’s treasure, as researchers had an unparalleled opportunity to identify underlying genetic causes of psychiatric disease.

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  • Human body louse genome reveals details of vector-transmitted disease

    Alice McCarthy, July 6th, 2010 | Filed under

    The less than lovable human body louse got a boost this summer with the unveiling of its full genome. Pediculus humanus humanus, a human bacteria-transmitting body parasite is a close cousin to the human head louse, living north on our craniums, Pediculus humanus capitis. The body louse genome was published in late June in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

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