Precision Medicine

June 15, 2021

New Mayo study validates melanoma test to help some patients avoid surgical biopsy

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

More than 100,00 people in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with melanoma this year — double the number of cases compared to 30 years ago, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association.  “Melanoma accounts for only about 2% of skin cancers, but it causes a majority of skin cancer deaths,” says Alexander […]

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Tags: #Dr. Alexander Meves, Melanoma


June 8, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo researchers study genetic basis of high cholesterol in adults

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

In a new study published in NPJ Genomic Medicine, Mayo Clinic researchers found that genetic testing may help identify patients with high cholesterol, or hypercholesterolemia. It also may have implications for the clinical management of patients diagnosed with high cholesterol due to a genetic disorder, or familial hypercholesterolemia. “In our study, we found more than […]

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Tags: #Familial hypercholesterolemia, Dr. Iftikhar Kullo, Heart Disease, high cholesterol, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


June 4, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Groundbreaking Early Cancer Detection Test Studied at Mayo Clinic Introduced Nationally

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

Mayo Clinic today recognized the debut of a groundbreaking multi-cancer early cancer detection (MCED) test called Galleri™ that can detect more than 50 types of cancers[1] through a simple blood draw. The Galleri test is intended  to complement U.S. guideline-recommended cancer screenings. Mayo Clinic Oncologist Minetta Liu, M.D. was involved in the development of the […]

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Tags: #Dr. Minetta Liu, Cancer Research, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


June 3, 2021 · Leave a Comment

How geologic rock formations inform novel treatments for kidney stones

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By Christoph Bahn Human kidney stones are at least as old as the Giza pyramids. The oldest known kidney stone was found in Egyptian burial satin from 4400 B.C. In 2020, Mayo Clinic processed and analyzed some 90,000 kidney stones from all over the world. That number increases each year, reflecting a global uptick in […]

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Tags: kidney stones


May 25, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Gene fusion discovery in ultrarare tumor highlights potential therapeutic target

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

A scientific investigation led by a team of researchers from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine reveals that an ultrarare cancer called epithelioid trophoblastic tumor (ETT), which can develop in the uterus after conception, recurrently exhibits an abnormal fusion of two genes. This fusion creates an unusual protein that triggers aggressive cell growth — the […]

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Tags: #Gavin Oliver, Dr. Eric Klee


May 17, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo researchers articulate implications of Omic-Medicine Era – What needs to happen with each stakeholder?

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

In the near future, genome sequencing, among other biological measures, will be as routine as X-rays and cholesterol testing. The challenge, though, will be accurately interpreting the vast amount of data and effectively using it to guide decisions about health care. In a position statement published in Hepatology, Mayo Clinic researchers layout perspectives of various […]

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Tags: mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, multi-omics, Precision Medicine


May 13, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Pandemic and Endemic COVID-19 Ethics: Lessons from the history of tuberculosis

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By: Karen M. Meagher, Ph.D. Recent U.S. headlines are starting to reflect a dawning public awareness that health experts have long suspected: COVID-19 might be with us for a long time. As vaccine rollout continues, the crisis in India has yet again revealed the devastating consequences of pandemic mismanagement. Only two infectious diseases have been […]

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May 4, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine refreshes website

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

The Mayo Clinic  Center for Individualized Medicine website was recently updated to reflect Mayo Clinic’s continued focus on integrating precision medicine into the practice to improve patient care. In the last decade, Mayo Clinic researchers, physicians, and staff in the Center have been collaborating closely in a comprehensive team science approach to push the boundaries […]

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April 26, 2021 · Leave a Comment

Researchers develop new technique to study ‘microcancers’ and screen cancer-fighting drugs

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

By University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Three-dimensional microscale hanging drop arrays are useful in drug discovery, regenerative medicine, stem cell research, and biotechnology. A team from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Grainger College of Engineering and Mayo Clinic have developed a new technique for creating “microcancer” cell cultures. It allows researchers to form hundreds of microcancers […]

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April 22, 2021

Meet 5 Mayo scientists researching ‘beyond DNA’ to advance personalized medicine

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

As the nation marks National DNA Day on Sunday, April 25 — a day that commemorates the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 — Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers will continue to closely collaborate to push the boundaries of precision medicine in the areas […]

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