May 30, 2017 | Updated: 06:19 AM EDT

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Correlation Between Genes & Brain Activity Paves Way To An Emerging Research Field

Mar 27, 2017 06:28 AM EDT

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In the past years, several researchers have been focusing on studying the genetic makeup of humans and how it's related to several phenomenon. In a recent study, one research showed significant correlations between the data from the genes and the brain towards how memory is processed.

In an article in EurekAlert, Genevieve Konopka, one of the authors of this study, shared that this finding can lead to more gene-to-behavior researches which can also contribute to understanding the roles of genes in the cases of how memories are processed in the brain. Konopka also added that their research can also be useful for future reference on how to cure different memory issues.

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Evelina Fedorenko, another author of the study who's also a researcher in Harvard Medical School, said in an interview with News Medical that the genes actually make up the brain and therefore, they are also key elements to knowing the story behind the observable behaviors in a human. Fedorenko admits that there's been past works on the same topic but there's been a huge research gap on studying neural markers.

Fedorenko also provided some practical applications of their research. She shared that it can actually be used in some cases like in studying the brain anatomy of identical versus fraternal twins. Another application can also be in understanding patterns of gene expressions.

This study under a team of renowned researchers aims to identify the genes that are important in the processing of memory in the brain. Despite being an emerging field in medical science, Konopka and Fedorenko's team didn't have a hard time as they have prior studied which were also used as their baseline data.

So far, their findings included significant relations to the cases of autism and epilepsy. Their team is still looking on further research to get more specific data.