Tiny but mighty is a good way of describing our genome – the collection of our DNA. Although not visible to the naked eye, the human genome holds around 21,000 genes and millions of DNA variants, containing the information needed to maintain an organism throughout its life.
An enduring issue in the study of mental health is identifying developmental processes that explain how childhood characteristics progress to maladaptive forms.
Brain structure isn’t always the first thing that comes to mind when we think about what we inherited from our biological parents or share with our siblings. We mostly think about facial features, hair color, and even personality.
Height is a highly heritable, classic polygenic trait with approximately 700 commonly associated variants identified through genome-wide association studies so far.
David Wargowski, MD, a clinical geneticist in the Waisman Center Medical Genetics Clinic, discusses a new autism study in the journal Nature that examines the genetic variance of family members with an autism spectrum disorder.
The expanding ability to decipher human DNA has made genetic testing widely available. But it takes a pro to translate the information.