Forget about the Higgs boson, scientists have finally discovered the genes responsible for breast size. Time to start splicing until we create the perfect world, full of perfect boobs.
While it’s was known that breast size is in part heritable, the study is the first to find specific genetic factors that are associated with differences in breast size, the researchers said.
In addition, two of these markers have previously been associated with breast cancer risk. This suggests some of the same biological pathways underlie both normal breast growth and breast cancer, said study researcher Nicholas Eriksson, of 23andMe, the genetic testing company that conducted the study.
The study alone does not provide enough evidence to link breast size to breast cancer. But it may contribute to a better understanding of the role that breast structure plays in breast cancer risk, the researchers said.
In the study, Eriksson and colleagues analyzed information from 16,175 female customers of European ancestry, and compared their answers to survey questions, including bra cup size and bra band size, to their genetic information.
While breast density is known to be a risk factor for breast cancer, the effect of breast size is less clear. A few previous studies have found that larger breast size is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer in lean women.
This is the best news in the sporting world that I’ve heard in a long time. Now if the MLB would only follow suit and institute instant replay technology for close calls, the world would be almost perfect.
FIFA has unanimously voted to approve the use of goal-line technology in professional football – announcing it will be used at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
FIFA approved both the Hawk-Eye and the GoalRef systems at a meeting in Zurich, meaning technology can be introduced by the Premier League and the FA.
However, its introduction will not be immediate because each system will have to be licensed, installed and tested in each venue to ensure it is functioning properly.
FIFA intends to use the new technology at the Club World Cup later this year, with the Confederations Cup in 2013 and next World Cup also employing the technology following a series of controversies in recent tournaments.
Momentum towards goal-line technology increased ever since Frank Lampard was denied an equaliser for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup when the ball hit the bar and bounced over the line but no goal was given.
There are always a million different rumors floating around about the next big thing from Apple, but this time it seems that the next big thing might actually be quite small. The Wall Street Journal, who typically are rather accurate when it comes to tech rumors, says that Apple will be rolling out a version of the iPad that is a bit smaller and more affordable in order to compete with the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7.
Two sources told WSJ that the screen will be smaller than eight inches (Bloomberg had reported between seven and eight) and that Apple’s working with two of its usual suspects for display components, LG and AU Optronics. It’s hard to ignore the timing of these rumors: it would obviously be in Apple’s interest to soften demand for Google’s Nexus 7 — which launches later this month — with a pre-emptive strike while it ramps up for production.
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