Category Archives: Center for Environmental Genetics

Possible association between glyphosate exposure and autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

Human complex diseases represent a phenotype (trait) that reflects the combination of: [a] genetics (e.g., DNA sequence variants); [b] epigenetics (chromosomal changes other than DNA sequence alterations); [c] environmental factors (pesticides, chemical pollutants); [d] endogenous influences (diabetes, heart disease); and … Continue reading

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A Paleolithic Raw Bar, and a Human ‘Brush with Extinction’

This article from Medscape, just received today, is about “evolution” and had such an intriguing title — that I had to begin reading it. And once I began reading it (it’s written very breezily and it’s enjoyable to read), I … Continue reading

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Omicron variant largely avoids antibodies produced by present vaccines ??

The SARS-CoV-2 B.1.1.529 (omicron) variant contains 15 mutations in the receptor-binding domain (RBD). How Omicron evades RBD-targeted neutralizing antibodies — requires immediate investigation. Authors [see attached] used high-throughput yeast display screening to determine the profiles of RBD-escaping mutations for 247 … Continue reading

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**HGNC Newsletter** Winter 2022

Some of you will find the 2022 Winter HGNC NewsLetter relevant and of interest. 😊 DwN https://blog.genenames.org/hgnc/2022/02/24/Winter_newsletter_2022 Winter newsletter 2022 Newsletters · 24 Feb 2022 Thanks to our Scientific Advisory Board We would like to thank all the members of … Continue reading

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The Military-Industrial-Academic-Political-Scientific Complex

The Military-Industrial-Academic-Political-Scientific Complex J. Scott Turner January 24, 2022 Sixty-one years ago, just before leaving office, Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered his farewell address. The most remembered and oft-quoted sentence of that address was an admonition: In the councils of government, … Continue reading

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FW: Effects of Lockdowns on COVID-19 Mortality: Literature Review & Meta-Analysis

I’ll try to cover this topic from a statistical and logical standpoint — and not from any political ramifications. This systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis were designed by: Professor Steve H. Hanke, Founder and Co-Director of The Johns … Continue reading

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HGNC Newsletter Autumn 2021

Some of you will be interested in the latest news in the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) autumn issue ot their NewsLetter. DwN Autumn newsletter 2021 Newsletters · 26 Nov 2021 New links to GenCC We are pleased to announce … Continue reading

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Masks Work to Prevent COVID-19

Okay: Looks like “masks might help to some extent, and of course depending on the type of mask.” This article today from MedScape. Large Study Affirms What We Already Know: Masks Work to Prevent COVID-19 Brenda Goodman, MA September 03, … Continue reading

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Time to sober up

Finally, we have the analysis by a rational “applied economist.” More than 40 years of precise satellite-measured global atmospheric temperatures — have concluded that the “warming” is 0.14 deg.C per decade [which seems reasonable, given that the planet is just … Continue reading

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Researchers discover a gene that doubles risk of death from COVID-19

This should be of interest to some of you. As is often the case in Gene-Environment Interactions, patients having a particular allelic variant of their LZTFI gene, exhibit a different response to the incoming signal (i.e., SARS-CoV-2 virus) that causes … Continue reading

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