Using mice to understand the genetics behind autism

Numerous studies have tried to understand the genetic component of autism in an effort to understand the origins of the disorder. A few key genes have come up as important including a gene known as CHD8 or Chromodomain-helicase-DNA-binding protein 8. This gene has been shown to be mutated in some individuals with autism and be…

Understanding the genetics behind insomnia

Insomnia is currently the second more common mental disorder affecting 10% of adults and 22% of elderly people. Insomnia is characterized by a difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep and is followed by sleepiness and low energy during the day time. Insomnia can be caused by stress, chronic pain, restless leg syndrome, heart problems, and…

The problem with personalized genetic testing

You send a sample of your saliva in to a company who promises to look up your risk for over 200 different diseases. You have been curious about your genetic health for a while now and want to know what things you may expect from your future years. The results are returned to you and…