Entries by Rachel Freathy

Birthweight And Diabetes: What Did We Find?

By Mark McCarthy & Rachel Freathy. With colleagues in the EGG (Early Growth Genetics) consortium, we recently published a paper in Nature describing genetic analyses of birth weight in over 150,000 samples. In this blog, we detail the rationale behind the study, summarise the main findings, and place the research in a wider context. The […]

In Praise Of UK Biobank

By Mark McCarthy & Rachel Freathy. Today, we published a paper in Nature in which we explore the genetic contribution to variation in birth weight. We describe how this information can help us to tease apart the contributions made by nature (i.e. inherited genetic variation) and nurture (i.e. the sum of environmental exposures) to the […]