Overlapping copy number variations underlie autism and schizophrenia in Japanese patients

Common genetic variants may underlie autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia across human populations, according to a new study. In line with previous studies in Caucasians, the researchers found that Japanese individuals with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia have overlapping copy number variations (CNVs) — inter-individual variations in the number of copies of a particular gene.
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New emoji candidates for 2019 could have a deaf person and more couple variations

  1. New emoji candidates for 2019 could have a deaf person and more couple variations  Mashable
  2. New 2019 Emoji Candidates Include Service Dog, Deaf Person and More Couples  Mac Rumors
  3. New Emoji Candidates for 2019 Include Service Dog, Deaf Person and More Couples  iPhone in Canada (press release) (blog)
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Variations of a single gene drive diverse pigeon feather patterns

Biologists have discovered that different versions of a single gene, called NDP (Norrie Disease Protein), have unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. These gene variations were likely bred into pigeons by humans from a different pigeon species and are now evolutionarily advantageous in wild populations of feral pigeons living in urban environments.
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