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Welcome to my blog page.  Click the red tags to filter all entries on this topic.  Here is a chance to:
  • Read up on some of the projects I am working on
  • Recap on research that underpins my training and lectures
  • Share some intriguing research findings
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September 2, 2019

The expression of many genes that have previously been associated with autism is abnormal also in violent psychopathy, a new study shows. The researchers used stem cell technology to analyse the expression of genes and proteins in the brain cells of psychopathic violen...

July 30, 2019

Researchers from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Yale University School of Medicine, the VA San Diego Healthcare System, and the University of California San Diego collaborated with colleagues on this large genome-wide association study of more than 165,000 veter...

April 8, 2019

A new Northwestern University study challenges prevailing understandings of genes as immutable features of biology that are fixed at conception.  Previous research has shown that socioeconomic status (SES) is a powerful determinant of human health and disease, and soci...

January 30, 2019

Babies are not blank slates.  They come with a lot of pre-programming that is awaiting activation.  A great example of this is language.  Newborn babies are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language, a new study published in Developmental Scien...

December 2, 2018

A major international collaboration headed by researchers from the Danish iPSYCH project, the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium has for the first time identified...

October 19, 2018

Research from King's College London has shown for the first time that genetics plays a significant role in whether young adults choose to go to university, which university they choose to attend and how well they do.

Previous studies from King's College London have show...

October 15, 2018

In lectures on child development I stress the role of gene-parent interactions in shaping a child's behavior.  This is an interesting study with fostered identical twins which explored this issue in regards to aggression.  This study looked at differences in parenting...

October 15, 2018

In lectures I often reference the differences in inherited personality traits have on human development.  Agreeableness is an interesting trait and influences a great deal about what we will earn in the market place.  Highly agreeable people are often much more generou...

September 27, 2018

New research from an international team led by Oxford University's Department of Zoology and the National-Kapodistrian University of Athens, published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), shows that an ancient retrovirus -- HK2 -- is more fr...

July 19, 2018

Nothing cheers me up as much as a quirky research study on the humble fruit fly.  We share approximately 65 per cent of our DNA with these little fellas and so they are not as distant from us as we would like to imagine.  The ease of genetically modifying them has reve...

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