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5 Genetic Discoveries in 2013

2013 was a big year in the world of gene research. We’re learning incredible things about why we are the way we are. Guest host Cristen Conger of Stuff Mom Never Told You ( runs down her list of the most interesting genes discovered this year!

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Lazy? Your Genes May Be to Blame

“New research might help explain why some people have trouble getting off the couch. Experiments on rats suggest there could be a genetic predisposition to laziness.”

Phenotypic and molecular differences between rats selectively bred to voluntarily run high vs. low nightly distances

Wedded bliss or blues? Scientists link DNA to marital satisfaction

“What makes some people more prone to wedded bliss or sorrow than others? Researchers at UC Berkeley and Northwestern University have found a major clue in our DNA. A gene involved in the regulation of serotonin can predict how much our emotions affect our relationships, according to a new study that may be the first to link genetics, emotions, and marital satisfaction.”

Emotion Regulation Predicts Marital Satisfaction: More Than a Wives’ Tale.

“Emotion regulation is generally thought to be a critical ingredient for successful interpersonal relationships.”

Perilipin-2-null mice are protected against diet-induced obesity, adipose inflammation, and fatty liver disease

Gene Identified That Causes Obesity in Mice: Deleting Gene Eliminates Obesity, Could Work for Humans

“Researchers have discovered that deleting a specific gene in mice prevents them from becoming obese even on a high fat diet, a finding they believe may be replicated in humans.”

Researchers discover gene that causes obesity in mice

“Researchers have discovered that deleting a specific gene in mice prevents them from becoming obese even on a high fat diet, a finding they believe may be replicated in humans.”

Central Precocious Puberty Caused by Mutations in the Imprinted Gene MKRN3

Genes Linked to Being Right Or Left-Handed Identified

“A genetic study has identified a biological process that influences whether we are right handed or left handed”



Genes linked to being right or left handed identified

“A genetic study has identified a biological process that influences whether we are right handed or left handed.”

Common Variants in Left/Right Asymmetry Genes and Pathways Are Associated with Relative Hand Skill

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