Category Archives: Center for Environmental Genetics

Homo erectus and other archaic hominids likely interbred with early Homo sapiens

These GEITP pages have often included the topic of Homo sapiens evolution and diaspora (migration out of Africa, then across the world), because it touches on the topic of gene-environment interactions; over the past ~300,000 years, the modern human genome … Continue reading

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A ‘company’ has apparently generated more than 400 journal fraudulent articles

Scientists in the Western world have discovered what is believed to be a “large paper mill” in China. This “company” has apparently generated more than 400 journal publications that contain purportedly fabricated images and similar paragraphs of text, “suggesting a … Continue reading

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Chris Murray, IHME Director, Univ Washington, Seattle — modeling scenario for COVID-19 outcome

This email information was received today from Professor David Eaton, and we agreed that it be shared on these GEITP pages. Chris Murray [Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, Seattle] is among the … Continue reading

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Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful

This very recent article — from Atlantic Monthly — was recommended by a GEITP-er, to be shared with all of GEITP. Written in (more or less) lay terms, and modified for these GEITP pages, this essay should help us non-virologists … Continue reading

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Fast, portable tests come online to assess coronavirus pandemic

For those interested. This news came out just today in Nature Biotechnol. These GEITP pages changed the title from “online to curb” to “online to assess” — because it is not clear how the information of “COVID-19-positive” subjects versus “COVID-19-negative” … Continue reading

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Genome-wide Association Study for Vitamin D Levels Reveals 69 Independent Loci [IN THESE DAYS OF THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SHOULD WE CONTINUE WITH GEITP?]

[I hadn’t realized the importance of this topic, given today’s pandemic.] 😉 There is a vast amount of medical literature and research — confirming the beneficial effects of vitamin D on the immune system, our ability to fight infections, and … Continue reading

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COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths per day

This [ United States Coronavirus: 40,855 Cases and 483 Deaths – Worldometer ] might be an excellent web site — to follow the pandemic in the U.S. And for us scientists to try to determine when the peak will occur … Continue reading

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The proximal origin of HCoV-19 (also called SARS-CoV-2)

These GEITP pages have (mostly) stayed away from articles about “allergy” and “infectious disease” — simply because the topic of gene-environment interactions is already enormous, without going into those areas. ☹ However, given the extreme minute-by-minute interest by all of … Continue reading

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GWAS identifies Dapp1 as a determinant of air pollution-induced airway hyperreactivity !!

This topic obviously fits the gene-environment theme of these GEITP pages. The environmental signal is air pollutants, especially particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 μM (PM2.5) — which has been well studied as an ambient air pollutant linked to … Continue reading

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Evaluation of DNA methylation episignatures for diagnosis and phenotype correlations in 42 Mendelian neurodevelopmental disorders

As these GEITP pages have often discussed, any multifactorial trait (e.g. type-2 diabetes, hypertension, schizophrenia) reflects contributions of genetics (differences in DNA sequence), epigenetic effects (DNA changes without sequence differences), environmental factors, endogenous influences (existing conditions such as heart and … Continue reading

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