The Genetics Home Reference Web site of the National Library of Medicine allows users to search for information about genetic conditions, provides a handbook for understanding genetics, gives information about specific genes, and also lists helpful resources.
The health information section of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s Web site includes general information on genetics, genetic testing, and research, along with resources for specific genetic disorders.
The National Office of Public Health Genomics at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides a wealth of information on current genetic research and policies, gene-linked health issues, and topics related to family history.
Our understanding of the biological mechanisms of schizophrenia risk has steadily evolved over the past few decades, attributable largely to advances in human genetics and to genomic technologies. One of our series of Reports on Progress.
As the behavioral genetics field grows, we must be cautious
not to oversimplify the research, warn experts, particularly in studies linking
single genes to certain traits.
Researchers develop genetic “structure corrector” that
unfolds misfolded protein apoE4 in mice into shape of its helpful sibling,
apoE3. If it works in people, that protein change might improve healing for a
range of brain injuries.
In the study of disease, going from recognizing a familial pattern to an understanding of the underlying genetics is a crucial step.
The path to disease in the brain may not be the same for all, or even many, of the people diagnosed with such disorders as schizophrenia or autism. And now researchers have found that the same pathways may underlie very different disorders.
In early research, scientists find that some brain "changes" thought to be due to progress of disease in cases like gene-specific Alzheimer''s in adults are already present in newborns.