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Press release list of thematic 'Genetics, genomics and bioinformatics'



Genetic tests: scientific, medical and social questions. An Inserm collective expert report

January 09 2009

Inserm has conducted an analysis of the scientific, medical and social challenges of the development of new genetic tests, and particularly susceptibility tests for multi-factorial diseases from the existing literature. Apart from the question of...
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Is Down syndrome screening well understood by women?

January 07 2009

There are specific regulations for Down syndrome screening in France making it obligatory to get women’s written consent. A study carried out by Inserm Unit 912 “Sciences Economiques et sociales, systèmes de santé, sociétés” (Economic and Social S...
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Unmasking the mechanism of formation of multinucleated giant cells

November 25 2008

A research team in Marseilles-Luminy Immunology Centre (Inserm-CNRS-Université de la Méditerranée) directed by Eric Vivier, in collaboration with a laboratory in Oxford, has just shown that a membrane protein called DAP12 is necessary and sufficie...
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Lifespan is controlled by levels of the hormone IGF-1 synthesized during early life

October 28 2008

The hormone IGF-1 (Insulin-like growth factor) which is synthesized during early life to stimulate growth and development also controls lifespan. It achieves this by interacting with other growth factors and in particular growth hormone (GH), that...
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Identification of genetic variants predisposing to early-onset asthma and interacting with environmental exposure to tobacco-smoke in early life

October 16 2008

A research consortium of French scientists has identified the effect of genetic variants that confer increased risk of early-onset asthma. This risk is further enhanced by exposure to environmental tobacco smoke in early life.
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