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The FDA authorized 23andMe to market the first direct-to-consumer test to check for three BRCA1/2 mutations associated with a higher risk of developing breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. The mutations are most commonly found in about 2% of women of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
March 14, 2018: Cancer Discovery
Varun Warrier, Roberto Toro, Bhismadev Chakrabarti, Anders D Børglum, Jakob Grove, David A Hinds, Thomas Bourgeron, Simon Baron-Cohen
Empathy is the ability to recognize and respond to the emotional states of other individuals. It is an important psychological process that facilitates navigating social interactions and maintaining relationships, which are important for well-being. Several psychological studies have identified difficulties in both self-report and performance-based measures of empathy in a range of psychiatric conditions. To date, no study has systematically investigated the genetic architecture of empathy using genome-wide association studies (GWAS)...
March 12, 2018: Translational Psychiatry
Shelby Baird
Over the past forty years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has successfully restricted consumers' access to home-testing applications based on the notion that it should protect individuals from their own reactions to test results. In the 1970s, the FDA briefly denied women access to home pregnancy tests that were identical to those used in laboratories. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, it relied on concerns about consumer responses to HIV status results to justify a categorical ban on applications for HIV home-testing technology...
November 2017: Duke Law Journal
D Ian Flitcroft, James Loughman, Christine F Wildsoet, Cathy Williams, Jeremy A Guggenheim
Purpose: To test the hypothesis that genes known to cause clinical syndromes featuring myopia also harbor polymorphisms contributing to nonsyndromic refractive errors. Methods: Clinical phenotypes and syndromes that have refractive errors as a recognized feature were identified using the Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database. One hundred fifty-four unique causative genes were identified, of which 119 were specifically linked with myopia and 114 represented syndromic myopia (i...
January 1, 2018: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
Joanna Martin, Raymond K Walters, Ditte Demontis, Manuel Mattheisen, S Hong Lee, Elise Robinson, Isabell Brikell, Laura Ghirardi, Henrik Larsson, Paul Lichtenstein, Nicholas Eriksson, Thomas Werge, Preben Bo Mortensen, Marianne Giørtz Pedersen, Ole Mors, Merete Nordentoft, David M Hougaard, Jonas Bybjerg-Grauholm, Naomi R Wray, Barbara Franke, Stephen V Faraone, Michael C O'Donovan, Anita Thapar, Anders D Børglum, Benjamin M Neale
BACKGROUND: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) shows substantial heritability and is two to seven times more common in male individuals than in female individuals. We examined two putative genetic mechanisms underlying this sex bias: sex-specific heterogeneity and higher burden of risk in female cases. METHODS: We analyzed genome-wide autosomal common variants from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium and iPSYCH Project (n = 20,183 cases, n = 35,191 controls) and Swedish population register data (n = 77,905 cases, n = 1,874,637 population controls)...
December 2, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
Sandra Sanchez-Roige, Pierre Fontanillas, Sarah L Elson, Anita Pandit, Ellen M Schmidt, Johanna R Foerster, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Joshua C Gray, Harriet de Wit, Lea K Davis, James MacKillop, Abraham A Palmer
Delay discounting (DD), the tendency to discount the value of delayed versus current rewards, is elevated in a constellation of diseases and behavioral conditions. We performed a genome-wide association study of DD using 23,127 research participants of European ancestry. The most significantly associated single-nucleotide polymorphism was rs6528024 (P = 2.40 × 10-8 ), which is located in an intron of the gene GPM6B. We also showed that 12% of the variance in DD was accounted for by genotype and that the genetic signature of DD overlapped with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, major depression, smoking, personality, cognition and body weight...
January 2018: Nature Neuroscience
John R Shaffer, Jinxi Li, Myoung Keun Lee, Jasmien Roosenboom, Ekaterina Orlova, Kaustabh Adhikari, Carla Gallo, Giovanni Poletti, Lavinia Schuler-Faccini, Maria-Cátira Bortolini, Samuel Canizales-Quinteros, Francisco Rothhammer, Gabriel Bedoya, Rolando González-José, Paige E Pfeffer, Christopher A Wollenschlaeger, Jacqueline T Hecht, George L Wehby, Lina M Moreno, Anan Ding, Li Jin, Yajun Yang, Jenna C Carlson, Elizabeth J Leslie, Eleanor Feingold, Mary L Marazita, David A Hinds, Timothy C Cox, Sijia Wang, Andrés Ruiz-Linares, Seth M Weinberg
The genetic basis of earlobe attachment has been a matter of debate since the early 20th century, such that geneticists argue both for and against polygenic inheritance. Recent genetic studies have identified a few loci associated with the trait, but large-scale analyses are still lacking. Here, we performed a genome-wide association study of lobe attachment in a multiethnic sample of 74,660 individuals from four cohorts (three with the trait scored by an expert rater and one with the trait self-reported). Meta-analysis of the three expert-rater-scored cohorts revealed six associated loci harboring numerous candidate genes, including EDAR, SP5, MRPS22, ADGRG6 (GPR126), KIAA1217, and PAX9...
December 7, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
D G Ashbrook, M K Mulligan, R W Williams
What was once expensive and revolutionary-full-genome sequence-is now affordable and routine. Costs will continue to drop, opening up new frontiers in behavioral genetics. This shift in costs from the genome to the phenome is most notable in large clinical studies of behavior and associated diseases in cohorts that exceed hundreds of thousands of subjects. Examples include the Women's Health Initiative (, the Million Veterans Program (www. RESEARCH:, the 100 000 Genomes Project (genomicsengland...
November 28, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
Alexa B Kimball, Maria B Alora-Palli, Makio Tamura, Lisa A Mullins, Chieko Soh, Robert L Binder, Neil A Houston, Emily D Conley, Joyce Y Tung, Nikki E Annunziata, Charles C Bascom, Robert J Isfort, Bradley B Jarrold, Raghu Kainkaryam, Heather L Rocchetta, Dionne D Swift, Jay P Tiesman, Kazumi Toyama, Jun Xu, Xianghong Yan, Rosemarie Osborne
BACKGROUND: Intrinsic and extrinsic factors, including ultraviolet irradiation, lead to visible signs of skin aging. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated molecular changes occurring in photoexposed and photoprotected skin of white women 20 to 74 years of age, some of whom appeared substantially younger than their chronologic age. METHODS: Histologic and transcriptomics profiling were conducted on skin biopsy samples of photoexposed (face and dorsal forearm) or photoprotected (buttocks) body sites from 158 women...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Manal Almalki, Kathleen Gray, Fernando Martin-Sanchez
BACKGROUND: The use of wearable tools for health self-quantification (SQ) introduces new ways of thinking about one's body and about how to achieve desired health outcomes. Measurements from individuals, such as heart rate, respiratory volume, skin temperature, sleep, mood, blood pressure, food consumed, and quality of surrounding air can be acquired, quantified, and aggregated in a holistic way that has never been possible before. However, health SQ still lacks a formal common language or taxonomy for describing these kinds of measurements...
November 3, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Margaret G Ehm, Jennifer L Aponte, Mathias N Chiano, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Toby Johnson, Jonathan N Barker, Suzanne F Cook, Akanksha Gupta, David A Hinds, Li Li, Matthew R Nelson, Michael A Simpson, Chao Tian, Linda C McCarthy, Deepak K Rajpal, Dawn M Waterworth
A phenome-wide association study of variants in genes in the Th17 and IL-17 pathway was performed using self-reported phenotypes and genetic data from 521,000 research participants of 23andMe. Results replicated known associations with similar effect sizes for autoimmune traits illustrating self-reported traits can be a surrogate for clinically assessed conditions. Novel associations controlling for a false discovery rate of 5% included the association of the variant encoding p.Ile684Ser in TYK2 with increased risk of tonsillectomy, strep throat occurrences and teen acne, the variant encoding p...
2017: PloS One
Manuel A Ferreira, Judith M Vonk, Hansjörg Baurecht, Ingo Marenholz, Chao Tian, Joshua D Hoffman, Quinta Helmer, Annika Tillander, Vilhelmina Ullemar, Jenny van Dongen, Yi Lu, Franz Rüschendorf, Jorge Esparza-Gordillo, Chris W Medway, Edward Mountjoy, Kimberley Burrows, Oliver Hummel, Sarah Grosche, Ben M Brumpton, John S Witte, Jouke-Jan Hottenga, Gonneke Willemsen, Jie Zheng, Elke Rodríguez, Melanie Hotze, Andre Franke, Joana A Revez, Jonathan Beesley, Melanie C Matheson, Shyamali C Dharmage, Lisa M Bain, Lars G Fritsche, Maiken E Gabrielsen, Brunilda Balliu, Jonas B Nielsen, Wei Zhou, Kristian Hveem, Arnulf Langhammer, Oddgeir L Holmen, Mari Løset, Gonçalo R Abecasis, Cristen J Willer, Andreas Arnold, Georg Homuth, Carsten O Schmidt, Philip J Thompson, Nicholas G Martin, David L Duffy, Natalija Novak, Holger Schulz, Stefan Karrasch, Christian Gieger, Konstantin Strauch, Ronald B Melles, David A Hinds, Norbert Hübner, Stephan Weidinger, Patrik K E Magnusson, Rick Jansen, Eric Jorgenson, Young-Ae Lee, Dorret I Boomsma, Catarina Almqvist, Robert Karlsson, Gerard H Koppelman, Lavinia Paternoster
Asthma, hay fever (or allergic rhinitis) and eczema (or atopic dermatitis) often coexist in the same individuals, partly because of a shared genetic origin. To identify shared risk variants, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS; n = 360,838) of a broad allergic disease phenotype that considers the presence of any one of these three diseases. We identified 136 independent risk variants (P < 3 × 10-8 ), including 73 not previously reported, which implicate 132 nearby genes in allergic disease pathophysiology...
December 2017: Nature Genetics
Sandra Sanchez-Roige, Pierre Fontanillas, Sarah L Elson, Joshua C Gray, Harriet de Wit, Lea K Davis, James MacKillop, Abraham A Palmer
Genetic factors contribute to the risk for developing alcohol use disorder (AUD). In collaboration with the genetics company 23andMe, Inc., we performed a genome-wide association study of the alcohol use disorder identification test (AUDIT), an instrument designed to screen for alcohol misuse over the past year. Our final sample consisted of 20 328 research participants of European ancestry (55.3% females; mean age = 53.8, SD = 16.1) who reported ever using alcohol. Our results showed that the 'chip-heritability' of AUDIT score, when treated as a continuous phenotype, was 12%...
October 23, 2017: Addiction Biology
Barbara Schormair, Chen Zhao, Steven Bell, Erik Tilch, Aaro V Salminen, Benno Pütz, Yves Dauvilliers, Ambra Stefani, Birgit Högl, Werner Poewe, David Kemlink, Karel Sonka, Cornelius G Bachmann, Walter Paulus, Claudia Trenkwalder, Wolfgang H Oertel, Magdolna Hornyak, Maris Teder-Laving, Andres Metspalu, Georgios M Hadjigeorgiou, Olli Polo, Ingo Fietze, Owen A Ross, Zbigniew Wszolek, Adam S Butterworth, Nicole Soranzo, Willem H Ouwehand, David J Roberts, John Danesh, Richard P Allen, Christopher J Earley, William G Ondo, Lan Xiong, Jacques Montplaisir, Ziv Gan-Or, Markus Perola, Pavel Vodicka, Christian Dina, Andre Franke, Lukas Tittmann, Alexandre F R Stewart, Svati H Shah, Christian Gieger, Annette Peters, Guy A Rouleau, Klaus Berger, Konrad Oexle, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, David A Hinds, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Juliane Winkelmann
BACKGROUND: Restless legs syndrome is a prevalent chronic neurological disorder with potentially severe mental and physical health consequences. Clearer understanding of the underlying pathophysiology is needed to improve treatment options. We did a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies (GWASs) to identify potential molecular targets. METHODS: In the discovery stage, we combined three GWAS datasets (EU-RLS GENE, INTERVAL, and 23andMe) with diagnosis data collected from 2003 to 2017, in face-to-face interviews or via questionnaires, and involving 15 126 cases and 95 725 controls of European ancestry...
November 2017: Lancet Neurology
Erika Check Hayden
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October 11, 2017: Nature
Justin Petrone
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October 11, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
Xiao Xiao, Fanfan Zheng, Hong Chang, Yina Ma, Yong-Gang Yao, Xiong-Jian Luo, Ming Li
Genomic analyses have identified only a handful of robust risk loci for major depressive disorder (MDD). In addition to the published genome-wide significant genes, it is believed that there are undiscovered 'treasures' underlying the current MDD genome-wide association studies (GWASs) and gene expression data sets, and digging into these data will allow better understanding of the illness and development of new therapeutic approaches. For this purpose, we performed a meta-analytic study combining three MDD GWAS data sets (23andMe, CONVERGE, and PGC), and then conducted independent replications of significant loci in two additional samples...
November 1, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Diana Chang, Mike A Nalls, Ingileif B Hallgrímsdóttir, Julie Hunkapiller, Marcel van der Brug, Fang Cai, Geoffrey A Kerchner, Gai Ayalon, Baris Bingol, Morgan Sheng, David Hinds, Timothy W Behrens, Andrew B Singleton, Tushar R Bhangale, Robert R Graham
Common variant genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have, to date, identified >24 risk loci for Parkinson's disease (PD). To discover additional loci, we carried out a GWAS comparing 6,476 PD cases with 302,042 controls, followed by a meta-analysis with a recent study of over 13,000 PD cases and 95,000 controls at 9,830 overlapping variants. We then tested 35 loci (P < 1 × 10-6 ) in a replication cohort of 5,851 cases and 5,866 controls. We identified 17 novel risk loci (P < 5 × 10-8 ) in a joint analysis of 26,035 cases and 403,190 controls...
October 2017: Nature Genetics
Latrice Landry, Daiva Elena Nielsen, Deanna Alexis Carere, J Scott Roberts, Robert C Green
There is little information regarding direct-to-consumer (DTC) personal genetic testing (PGT) in non-White racial minorities. Using a web-based survey, we compared the pretest interests and attitudes toward DTC-PGT of racial minority and White DTC-PGT customers of 23andMe and Pathway Genomics using chi-square tests and multinomial regression. Data were available for 1487 participants (1389 White, 44 Black, and 54 Asian). Survey responses were similar across racial groups, although a greater proportion of Blacks compared to Whites reported being "very interested" in genetic information related to traits (91...
October 2017: Journal of Community Genetics
Jacklyn N Hellwege, Janina M Jeff, Lauren A Wise, C Scott Gallagher, Melissa Wellons, Katherine E Hartmann, Sarah F Jones, Eric S Torstenson, Scott Dickinson, Edward A Ruiz-Narváez, Nadin Rohland, Alexander Allen, David Reich, Arti Tandon, Bogdan Pasaniuc, Nicholas Mancuso, Hae Kyung Im, David A Hinds, Julie R Palmer, Lynn Rosenberg, Joshua C Denny, Dan M Roden, Elizabeth A Stewart, Cynthia C Morton, Eimear E Kenny, Todd L Edwards, Digna R Velez Edwards
Uterine fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus affecting up to 77% of women by menopause. They are the leading indication for hysterectomy, and account for $34 billion annually in the United States. Race/ethnicity and age are the strongest known risk factors. African American (AA) women have higher prevalence, earlier onset, and larger and more numerous fibroids than European American women. We conducted a multi-stage genome-wide association study (GWAS) of fibroid risk among AA women followed by in silico genetically predicted gene expression profiling of top hits...
October 2017: Human Genetics
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