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January 16, 2023

Mayo Clinic researchers link ovarian cancer to bacteria colonization in microbiome 

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

ROCHESTER, Minn. — A specific colonization of microbes in the reproductive tract is commonly found in women with ovarian cancer, according to a new study from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine. The discovery, published in Scientific Reports, strengthens evidence that the bacterial component of the microbiome — a community of microorganisms that also consists […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr. Abigail Asangba, Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio, genomics, ovarian cancer


January 10, 2023

Accelerating microbiome research in endometrial cancer

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Alumni Magazine Marina Walther-Antonio, Ph.D., Departments of Surgery and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, is a pioneer in studying the role of the microbiome in women’s health. Dr. Walther-Antonio is also Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Science and an assistant professor in the Mayo Clinic College […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr. Marina Walther-Antonio, Endometrial cancer, genomic medicine


December 28, 2022

3 impactful Mayo Clinic cancer research studies of 2022

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

In 2022, Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists interrogated the genome, exome, proteome, epigenome, exposome, transcriptome and more with remarkable depth to shed new light on the hidden biological signatures of cancer. Using artificial intelligence and a wealth of multi-omics data, the pioneering teams of researchers worked side by side to pave a path for potential […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Genetics, genomic medicine, personalized medicine


December 22, 2022

Genetic counseling after cancer diagnosis

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Cynthia Weiss DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer two months ago. My oncologist recommended that I undergo genetic testing as part of the treatment plan. Why is this recommended since I already have cancer? What is the benefit of testing? And what information will it provide? ANSWER: Genetic counseling can be an important part […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, gene sequencing, Genetics, genomics, personalized medicine


November 22, 2022

Gather your family health history this Thanksgiving; it could save your life

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Thanksgiving Day marks Family Health History Day, an annual national public health campaign to encourage people to better understand what health characteristics run in their families. Has your mother, sister or grandmother had breast or ovarian cancer? Has your father had prostate cancer? Is there a history of colon cancer, diabetes or high cholesterol in your family? If so, you also could be at risk.

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, Genetics, genomic medicine


November 3, 2022

Trailblazing exposome researchers take center stage at Mayo Clinic’s Individualizing Medicine Conference

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

World-leading scientists highlighted their “exposomics” knowledge and discoveries during the first day of Mayo Clinic’s 11th Annual Individualizing Medicine Conference in Rochester, Minnesota. Exposomics is the study of a person’s cumulative environmental exposures over their lifetime, called the exposome, and the associated inherent biological responses to those exposures. Environmental factors are associated with more than […]

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October 25, 2022

Research provides critical information about the size and growth speed of gliomas

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Kelley Luckstein An important new clue for preventing and treating brain tumors known as gliomas has been identified in research led by the Lunenfeld-Tannenbaum Research Institute (LTRI) at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto and Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. The study, published in the journal Science, provides a rare window into the biological changes behind glioma development. […]

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September 29, 2022

Addressing the challenges of chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Article by Marla Broadfoot Chimeric antigen receptor-T cell therapy (CAR-T cell therapy) — a type of immunotherapy that reprograms a patient’s T cells to recognize and destroy cancer cells — has revolutionized the treatment of blood cancers. While the technique has successfully sent patients with advanced disease into remission, it is far from perfect. CAR-T cell […]

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Tags: #CAR T-cell therapy, center for individualized medicine, immunotherapy


September 15, 2022

Designing Personalized Vaccines to Combat Cancer

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic researchers are working to develop personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines that can potentially target each person’s distinctive tumor characteristics. The new approach, built on advances in genomic research and data analytics, holds transformative potential to boost the power of the immune system to identify and attack cancer cells. 

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Tags: Cancer Research, cancer vaccine, center for individualized medicine, Genetics, medical research, neoantigen, personalized medicine


September 7, 2022

What is the benefit of visiting a genetic counselor?

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Cynthia Weiss DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My grandmother and mother, as well as an aunt and a cousin, have had breast cancer. Another cousin was diagnosed with colon cancer recently. It has been suggested that I undergo genetic counseling to determine my cancer risk. As a young man, is genetic testing necessary for me? What benefit […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, gene sequencing, Genetics, genomic medicine, individualized medicine


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