August 14, 2018 Scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have developed a powerful method for characterizing the broad patterns of genetic contributions to traits and diseases. The new method provides a “big picture” of genetic influences that should be particularly helpful in designing future genetic studies and understanding potential for genetic risk […]Continue Reading ...
For the past four years cardiologist Josh Knowles, MD, PhD, has been treating patients at Stanford who have a little-known but common genetic heart disease called familial hypercholesterolemia, or FH, an often undiagnosed condition that causes lifelong high cholesterol. FH is thought to be the cause for 17,500 heart attacks each year among people under the age […]Continue Reading ...
DNA sequence | Credit: Gio_tto New York state has approved a new master’s program in genetic counseling at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. The two-year program will begin in fall 2019 and educate students in clinical genetics, counseling, communication, genomic medicine, and precision medicine. Genetic counselors help patients and their families understand how […]Continue Reading ...
By Dr Ananya Mandal, MDJuly 25, 2018 A group of 78 researchers led by the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium have identified 1,271 genetic variations that could be associated with the extent of education that a person would complete. There has been an earlier study a couple of years back that had pin pointed 74 […]Continue Reading ...
July 23, 2018 Our genome is made up of 20,000 genes, all of which may cause disease. At present, 4,141 genes have been identified as being responsible for genetic abnormalities, leaving around 16,000 genes with unknown implication in disease. Researchers from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, – working in collaboration with scientists from Pakistan […]Continue Reading ...
Visual abstract Credit: Rogel Cancer Center For many women diagnosed with breast cancer, genetic testing can offer important information that might guide treatment choices. But studies have shown that only about half of women who could benefit receive genetic testing. A new study finds that surgeons are a key influence. “The surge of genetic testing […]Continue Reading ...
July 16, 2018 If you had your genome sequenced and the report says you have the APOEε4 mutation, it does not mean you are definitely going to get Alzheimer’s disease. The reason why is complicated. The specific genetic variant known as APOEε4 (the ε4 mutation of Apolipoprotein E) is the greatest genetic risk factor for […]Continue Reading ...
July 17, 2018 A new study from an international research team, led by Dr Yalda Jamshidi at St George’s, University of London, has identified new genes associated with heart function and development. An electrocardiogram (ECG), which records a heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, can be used to identify life-threatening heart problems which often have a […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain A trio of researchers at the University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine has uncovered genes that appear to play a role in a person’s propensity for loneliness, and to some degree, how social they are. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications, Felix Day, Ken Ong and John […]Continue Reading ...
July 27, 2018 A new study has shown that genetic variation may increase the risk of severe liver damage in Caucasians with chronic hepatitis B infection. Researchers from the Westmead Institute for Medical Research found that Caucasian patients with a variation in their STAT4 gene were more likely to experience inflammation and severe liver fibrosis. […]Continue Reading ...
July 23, 2018 Individualized dietary recommendations based on genetic information are currently a popular trend. A team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has systematically analyzed scientific articles and reached the following conclusion: There is no clear evidence for the effect of genetic factors on the consumption of total calories, carbohydrates, and fat. According […]Continue Reading ...
Credit: CC0 Public Domain It may soon be possible to reverse a genetic form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by using drugs initially developed to treat cancer. A team of researchers, led by Professor Riccardo Brambilla from Cardiff University, discovered that an experimental drug can potentially treat, and even permanently reverse, the symptoms associated with […]Continue Reading ...
Whether or not you’ve ever had genetic testing, you probably know someone that has. Millions of people each year have their DNA analyzed by companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com, seeking out personalized information about their heritage, health and other traits. “The general public is excited about genetics because it can tell us a lot about […]Continue Reading ...
Today, diagnosing rare genetic diseases requires a slow process of educated guesswork. Stanford computer scientist and genomicist Gill Bejerano, PhD, is working to speed it up. In a paper published recently in Genetics in Medicine, Bejerano and colleagues describe an algorithm they’ve developed that automates the most labor-intensive part of genetic diagnosis, that of matching […]Continue Reading ...
A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London have reported the genetic events involved in the early development of bowel cancer in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Such knowledge may be able to be exploited to design simple diagnostic tests to stratify patients with IBD at high risk of developing cancer. IBD […]Continue Reading ...
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