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The DNA direct-to-consumer genetic testing implications for individuals with Parkinson’s disease

Virtual research visits and direct-to-consumer genetic testing in Parkinson’s disease From DIGITAL HEALTH Technology is rapidly reshaping genetics and research studies, as new techniques identify the genetic underpinnings of many diseases.  Aided by the falling cost of DNA sequencing, consumers … Continue reading

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Is ‘gene talk’ used to shift responsibility for ‘fat’ problems?

The role of genes in talking about overweight: An analysis of discourse on genetics, overweight and health risks in relation to nutrigenomics From The Public Understanding of Science This study looks at how it is evident from everyday talk that information … Continue reading

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What is a ‘gene’ and why does it matter for political science?

Special Issue: Genes and Politics From Journal of Theoretical Politics Over the course of the last 30 years of research, the view that preferences are almost exclusively environmentally driven has eroded. Over the last 5 years in particular, it has … Continue reading

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“Most people are simply not designed to eat pasta”: Evolutionary explanations for obesity in the low-carbohydrate diet movement

From Public Understanding of Science The popularity of low-carbohydrate diets in the 1990s and 2000s was prompted, at least in part, by concern about rising rates of obesity and type 2 diabetes, and the perceived failure of low-fat/low-calorie dietary advice … Continue reading

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Introducing the ‘gay gene’: media and scientific representations

From Public Understanding of Science  There is an established link between genetics and male homosexuality, popularly dubbed the ‘gay gene’. This article examines the reporting of the ‘gay gene’ in the British press compared with scientific journals to illustrate the … Continue reading

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