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The [US] National Center for Biotechnology Information’s Genes and Disease site is a collection of articles about genetic diseases.  The underlying gene mutation(s) are described, along with the illnesses they cause.  Links to useful websites are also provided.

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Hand holding test tube containing blue liquidOnline Mendelian Inheritance in Man catalogues all known human diseases that have a genetic component.  It gives information about the relevant genes (if known) and references for further research.

A similar database, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Animals, gives information about inherited diseases and traits for 135 animal species.

Both of these databases are freely available online.

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Professor Jonathan Flint from the Wellcome Trust will be talking about the relationship between genetics and depression at The Victorian Bar in the Tron Theatre on Monday 1st November. 

“How far do our genes play a part in anxiety and depression? And how can we use a better understand of the causes of these conditions to improve better therapies? Neurogenetics  is the study of the genetic basis of psychiatric disorders and as our understand of the make-up and functions of the human genome improve, we can use this understanding to gain insight to the biology behind these stress-related disorders.

Research at the Psychiatric Genetics Group [at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics] has already conducted a large-scale study on neuroticism, a personality trait that is a major genetic mediator of depression, and the group has also initiated a study of major depression in women in China. But the potential is much greater and could help us understand more about the genetic basis of other psychiatric conditions and even learning disabilities.”

This event is organised by Café Scientific who meet in Glasgow on the first Monday of each month – on Monday 5th December Dr Martin Hendry, a cosmologist from the University of Glasgow, will discuss “Why are we here?”.

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The Essentials of Genetics website is a free online course about DNA and inheritance.  It will be useful as a refresher for experienced students or as introduction if you are unfamiliar with the topics covered.

This course is produced by the publishers of the journal Nature, so it should contain accurate and up-to-date information.

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