New tool calculates genetic risk for obesity

A “polygenic score” for obesity, a quantitative tool that predicts an individual’s inherited risk for becoming overweight, may identify an opportunity for early intervention.

Karen Zusi • harvard
April 18, 2019 ~6 min

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76 more gene regions found associated with sleep duration

Scientists from Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of Exeter Medical School have identified another 76 gene regions associated with sleep duration. Their findings may underpin future investigations into disordered sleep and understanding individual set points for how much is enough.

Sue McGreevey • harvard
March 8, 2019 ~6 min

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