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Released: 27-Feb-2020 1:30 PM EST
PECASE Honoree Sohini Ramachandran Studies the Genetic Foundations of Traits in Diverse Populations
NIH, National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

NIGMS grantee and presidential award recipient Sohini Ramachandran, Ph.D., is challenging our understanding of genetic variation among human populations. She discusses her research on how the genetic composition of traits and diseases varies among populations, the value of statistical and computational work in human genetics, and what this all means for patient treatment.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 12:20 PM EST
Cells carrying Parkinson’s mutation could lead to new model for studying disease
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Parkinson’s disease researchers have used gene-editing tools to introduce the disorder’s most common genetic mutation into marmoset monkey stem cells and to successfully tamp down cellular chemistry that often goes awry in Parkinson’s patients.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 1:20 PM EST
Combined therapy may improve clinical responses for endometrial, colorectal and gastric tumors
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Combined therapy may improve clinical responses for endometrial, colorectal and gastric tumors. Enzyme inhibitor with anti-PD1 checkpoint blockade boosted efficacy over either treatment alone

Newswise: Imaging Can Guide Whether Liquid Biopsy Will Benefit Individual Glioblastoma Patients
Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
Imaging Can Guide Whether Liquid Biopsy Will Benefit Individual Glioblastoma Patients
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

New research shows brain imaging may be able to predict when a blood test known as a liquid biopsy would or would not produce clinically actionable information

Newswise: Each Mediterranean island has its own genetic pattern
Released: 26-Feb-2020 8:15 AM EST
Each Mediterranean island has its own genetic pattern
University of Vienna

A Team around Anthropologist Ron Pinhasi from the University of Vienna – together with researchers from the University of Florence and Harvard University – found out that prehistoric migration from Africa, Asia and Europe to the Mediterranean islands took place long before the era of the Mediterranean seafaring civilizations.

Newswise: Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center Outlines Framework for Centralized Approach to Genetic and Genomic Testing
Released: 20-Feb-2020 4:30 PM EST
Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center Outlines Framework for Centralized Approach to Genetic and Genomic Testing
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

In a special report published today in the journal Pediatrics, Roberts Individualized Medical Genetics Center researchers, physicians, and genetic and financial counselors describe the success of the model, their plans to build on that success for the future, and the important lessons learned from their first four years in operation.

Released: 24-Feb-2020 11:05 AM EST
Cardiac amyloidosis masquerades as other conditions; 1 type affects more black Americans
Mayo Clinic

Human bodies constantly produce thousands of perfectly folded proteins, but some proteins get misfolded. An excess of these misfolded proteins can overwhelm the body's ability to remove them. When that happens, the rogue proteins bind together and form a substance called amyloid. Webs of amyloid can deposit in any tissue or organ, but some types affect the heart.

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Newswise: CRISPR Gene Cuts May Offer New Way to Chart Human Genome
Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
CRISPR Gene Cuts May Offer New Way to Chart Human Genome
Johns Hopkins Medicine

In search of new ways to sequence human genomes and read critical alterations in DNA, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say they have successfully used the gene cutting tool CRISPR to make cuts in DNA around lengthy tumor genes, which can be used to collect sequence information.



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