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Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Many breast cancer patients missing out on genetic counseling

Nearly half of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients who should be recommended for genetic testing did not get it. A quarter of these patients were not counseled about their potential risk, a new study finds. Among those who were tested, fewer than two-thirds met with a counselor before surgery, when results could most influence treatment

March 13, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

What is CRISPR gene editing, and how does it work?

Scientists discovered some bacteria can cut the DNA of invading viruses as a defense mechanism. They realized they could use this to cut human DNA.

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

My Grandmother Was Italian. Why Aren’t My Genes Italian?

Maybe you got one of those find-your-ancestry kits over the holidays. You’ve sent off your awkwardly collected saliva sample, and you’re awaiting your results. If your experience is anything like that of me and my mom, you may find surprises — not the dramatic “switched at birth” kind, but results that are really different from what you expected.

January 29, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is gene therapy? How does it work?

What is gene therapy? How does it work?

In gene therapy, scientists can do one of several things to treat a disease: They can replace a gene that causes a medical problem with one that doesn’t, add genes to help the body to fight or treat disease, or turn off genes that are causing problems.

December 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
UW study finds more rapid improvement in cystic fibrosis patients in the US compared to Canada

UW study finds more rapid improvement in cystic fibrosis patients in the US compared to Canada

A comparison of cystic fibrosis patients in the United States and Canada showed that, although the patients’ nutritional status and lung function  improved in both countries from 1990 to 2013, the improvement rate was faster in the United States.

November 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

Moms of children with rare genetic illness push for wider newborn screening

The serious form of the Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) typically strikes boys between ages 4 and 10. Most are diagnosed too late for treatment to be successful, and they often die before their 10th birthday.

October 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Minoans and Mycenaeans shared common ancestry ancient DNA reveals

Since the discovery of the Minoan civilization on the island of Crete and the Mycenaean civilization on the Peloponnesian peninsula of mainland Greece, there have been many theories about where these people came from and whether they were related.

August 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

Safe under the ACA, patients with preexisting conditions now fear bias

With the protections of Obamacare in place, physicians in recent years have urged patients to be screened for a variety of diseases and predisposition to illness, feeling confident it would not affect their future insurability. But the results recorded on patients’ charts could haunt them, experts say.

June 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

Dilated cardiomyopathy: the disease that killed George Michael – explained

By Charles Redwood, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Biochemistry University of Oxford, Oxford, England An Oxfordshire coroner recently announced that George Michael died of natural causes. The post-mortem examination revealed that the singer suffered from a number of health problems, including dilated cardiomyopathy. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of the heart muscle. Up to half of […]

March 10, 2017 | By | Reply More