genomic medicine

May 9, 2022

Mayo patient with life-threatening multidrug-resistant infection treated with experimental phage therapy combined with surgery  

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mark Pearce, 61, was facing a possible limb amputation, even death, when a multidrug-resistant bacterial infection within his prosthetic hip replacement device started raging in his bloodstream. With his fever soaring to more than 105 degrees, Mark was taken by ambulance, that day in spring of 2020, to Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. 

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Tags: #bacterial infections, bacteria, bacteriophage therapy, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Gina Suh, Dr. Mark Pagnano, genomics, individualized medicine, infectious disease, personalized medicine, phage therapy


May 5, 2022

Mayo research using DNA to catch cancer, other medical conditions earlier

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa (@harringaadam)

What would happen if a certain percentage of serious medical conditions, including cancer diagnoses, were found significantly earlier by studying the entire genome of patients’ DNA? How would their quality of life improve, and how many fewer cancer deaths would there be each year? That’s what a group of Mayo Clinic scientists and clinicians aim […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, genomics, individualized medicine, mayo clinic, medical research


April 25, 2022

On National DNA Day, Mayo Clinic researchers put genomics into action to advance individualized medicine

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

National DNA Day on Monday, April 25, marks the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the Human Genome Project’s completion in 2003.  For the first time, a team of scientists led by the National Institutes of Health has finished sequencing an entire human genome — all of the roughly 3 billion bases of […]

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Tags: Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, Genetic Sequencing, Genetic Testing, Genetics, genome, Human Genome Project


April 19, 2022

Iftikhar Kullo, M.D. to serve on National Advisory Council on Human Genome Research

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

Iftikhar Kullo, MD., has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Council on Human Genome Research (NACHGR) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), by the Hon’ble Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), for a term beginning immediately and ending September 30, 2024. The Council advises the DHHS, the […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, Dr. Iftikhar Kullo, gene sequencing, Genetics, genomics, individualized medicine, medical research


March 31, 2022

Mayo Clinic patient grateful after genetic test leads to unexpected, early detection of colon cancer

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Alejandro Mirazo, 56, never imagined his genetic test results would reveal a hereditary link to cancer, or that his findings would potentially save his life. He had participated in a preemptive DNA research sequencing study for Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine in fall 2021 solely to contribute to medical research. As a Mexican American, he also wanted to add diversity to Mayo Clinic’s genomic dataset.

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


March 24, 2022

What you should know about genetics, colorectal cancer

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Nicole Brudos Ferrara Colorectal cancer begins when healthy cells in the colon or rectum develop mutations, or changes, in their DNA. These damaged cells then become cancerous, grow and divide uncontrollably, and form a tumor. Genetic factors play a role in this process. Some gene mutations passed through generations of your family can increase […]

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, colon cancer, DNA Testing, Dr. Niloy "Jewel" Samadder, gene sequencing, Genetics, genomic medicine, hereditary colon cancer


February 28, 2022

Young girl with rare disease gets life-changing diagnosis and targeted therapy at Mayo Clinic

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Araeya Sell, 13, has spent much of her childhood visiting her health care team and in the hospital. She has endured countless blood draws, scans, procedures and a surgery ― all in the search for answers to her complex symptoms.  After an exhaustive, nearly seven-year diagnostic odyssey, the Sells turned to Mayo Clinic.

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, Dr. Pinto e Vairo, Genetics, genomics


February 9, 2022

Mayo Clinic develops automated system to accelerate diagnoses for patients with rare diseases

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

A team of genomics experts within Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine has developed an automated system for tracking new scientific knowledge from around the world of pathogenic genetic variants and applying it to Mayo Clinic patients with rare and undiagnosed diseases.

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, Dr. Alejandro Ferrer, Dr. Eric Klee


January 18, 2022

Mayo’s COVID-19 Sequencing Command Center offers insights into ‘power of the virus’

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Tracing the genetic evolution of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is crucial for detecting and responding to emerging variants. A team of scientists within Mayo Clinic’s COVID-19 Sequencing Command Center is at the forefront of the extensive research and surveillance operation, conducting nearly 750 sequences of the COVID-19 virus each week.

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Tags: center for individualized medicine, covid-19, Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, Dr. Purna Kashyap, Genetic Sequencing, sequencing


January 12, 2022

Mayo Clinic researchers discover biomarker for predicting immunotherapy response in mesothelioma cancer 

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine researchers may have discovered a genomic signature to predict which patients with mesothelioma could benefit from immunotherapy.  

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Tags: #mesothelioma, cancer, Cancer Research, center for individualized medicine, Genetics, genomics


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