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December 12th, 2017

4 key things to know about the possibilities, pitfalls of gene editing

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Gene editing has captivated scientists and medical providers with tantalizing visions of wiping out debilitating inherited diseases. Could conditions like Huntington’s disease, for example, be cured by using a tool that acts as a “molecular scissors” to remove and replace disease-causing DNA? Or, would gene editing tempt some to engineer designer babies […]

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Tags: #CRISPR-Cas9, #Dr. Megan Allyse, #Genetic diseases, #Inherited disease, Bioethics, gene editing, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine


November 2nd, 2017

Mayo Clinic researchers find genetic pathways to individualized treatment for advanced prostate cancer

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Researchers at Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have uncovered genetic clues to why tumors resist a specific therapy used for treating advanced prostate cancer. This discovery can guide health care providers to individualized treatments for castration-resistant prostate cancer, a deadly disease that does not respond to standard hormone therapy. Several U.S. Food and Drug […]

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Tags: Advanced prostate cancer, castration-resistant prostate cancer, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Keith Stewart, Dr. Liewei Wang, Dr. Manish Kohli, individualized medicine, medical research, personalized medicine, Precision Medicine, Prostate Cancer, RNA sequencing


October 17th, 2017

Karter’s journey of hope

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Karter Malcomson’s cherubic face, inquisitive eyes and wide smile are magnetic. Behind them is a two- year-old boy with a rare disease that’s generated more medical mysteries in his short life than many face in an entire lifetime.  His circuitous journey to a diagnosis took his case before the Functional Genomics Team– the A team […]

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Tags: #Dr. Pavel Pichurin, #rare diseases, #Undiagnosed rare diseases, Genetic Testing, whole exome sequencing


September 8th, 2017

Searching for genetic clues and treatment for unexplained chronic liver disease

By Sharon Rosen sharonhrosen

“Chronic liver disease affects 3.9 million people each year in the United States. As many as 30 percent of patients suffer from unexplained chronic liver disease where there is no cure,” says Douglas Simonetto, M.D. That’s why Dr. Simonetto and his colleagues in Mayo Clinic’s Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology are collaborating with researchers in […]

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Tags: #, #cholestatic liver disease, #chronic liver disease, #cryptogenic cirrhosis, #DNA analysis, #Dr. Douglas Simonetto, #hepatic steatohepatitis, #hepatic steatosis, #non-HFE iron overload, #noncirrhotic portal hypertension, center for individualized medicine, DNA Sequencing


August 10th, 2017

Genetic tests + coordinated care + research = hope for patients with a genetic neurological disease

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Life with an inherited disease sometimes brings unexpected twists and turns. Five-year-old Gus Erickson has navigated the gyrations with the help of Mayo Clinic’s Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue. Those tumors can develop anywhere in the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and […]

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Tags: #Center for Individualized Mediicine, #rare diseases, Dr. Dusica Babovic-Vuksanovic, Genetics, genomics, mayo clinic, neurofibromatosis


March 9th, 2017

Next generation sequencing – a game changer

By Sharon Rosen sharonhrosen

Imagine scanning a page for errors manually one letter at a time, versus using a faster tool like spell check. That’s the difference between the first DNA sequencing methods and the new computerized machines known as next generation sequencing. It’s revolutionizing health care. Next generation sequencing technology enables geneticists to examine all of your 22,000 […]

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Tags: #Dr. Pavel Pichurin, #medical resarch, #neurological diseases, #Precision Mediicne, #rare diseases, #rare genetic diseases, #targeted panel testing, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Matthew Ferber, Genetic Testing, mayo clinic, next generation sequencing


March 7th, 2017

March 16: Strollin’ Colon – Colon Cancer Awareness Event

By Sharon Rosen sharonhrosen

Do you know the facts about colon cancer – what types of screening tests are available to prevent or detect it early, whether you’re at risk, and if so, how it is treated? You can learn more by taking a walk through the inflatable Strollin’ Colon, which will be at all Mayo Clinic campuses through […]

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Tags: #Center for Individualzied Medicine, #ColorectalCancer, #Dr. Thorvardur Halfdanarson, #Hereditary colorectal cancer, #Katherine Agre, #Microbiome research, #Strollin' Colon, colon cancer, colorectal cancer, Dr. Nicholas Chia, Genetic Counselor, Genetic Testing


March 3rd, 2017

Test reveals the right drug to help one patient manage panic attacks – finally

By Sharon Rosen sharonhrosen

When it comes to medications, one size does not fit all. One of the areas where precision medicine has made the biggest impact is in developing tests to help physicians identify which medication will provide the greatest benefit and reduce harmful side effects for patients. Pharmacogenomics tests show how a patient’s genetic makeup impacts the […]

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Tags: #anti-anxiety medication, #drug-gene reactions, #primary scleroscing cholangitis, center for individualized medicine, Dr. Konstantinos Lazaridis, mayo clinic, medical research, PGx, pharmacogenomics


February 28th, 2017

4 legal issues for providers of precision medicine

By susanbuckles susanbuckles

Advances in DNA testing have thrust providers of precision medicine into often exciting, but sometimes unchartered waters.  There’s the thrill of unlocking the mysteries of a rare illnesses through genetic testing, and the satisfaction of identifying new individualized patient therapies. And, with the promise of precision medicine comes the need to understand new legal and […]

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Tags: #DNA sequencing tests, #Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, #genetic testing fees, #legal issues, #Patient privacy, #Sharon Zehe, center for individualized medicine, Genetic Testing, mayo clinic, Precision Medicine


February 23rd, 2017

Using genetic testing to transform care for neurological disorders

By Sharon Rosen sharonhrosen

Our nervous system is made up of complex biological pathways that control everything we do, including breathing, thinking, speaking, moving and feeling. For patients suffering from a neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, nerve pain (neuropathy) and dementia, the symptoms of these conditions can impact many aspects of daily life. Some patients with unexplained […]

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Tags: #Dr. Christopher Klein, #neurological diseases, #neurological disorders, #neurology, #targeted panel testing, #Tatiana Faroud, center for individualized medicine, DNA Testing, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, whole exome sequencing, whole genome sequencing


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