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July 1, 2020

Mayo researchers earn NIH award to study use of genetic risk scores for heart disease in diverse populations

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

In recognition of their high impact work of advancing the field of genetic risk profiling for disease risk stratification, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Mayo Clinic researchers Iftikhar Kullo, M.D. and Richard Sharp Ph.D. part of $75 million in funding over five years to improve the role of genomics in assessing and […]

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Tags: Bioethics, Cardiovascular Disease, Genetics


June 23, 2020

Controversial CRISPR case in China raises stakes for how genetic research is conducted

By Jay Furst Jay Furst

Mayo Clinic colleagues take a close look at what went wrong with the process in China and how it challenged the implicit “social contract” between science and society In November 2018, a Chinese biophysicist used a gene-editing technique known by the acronym CRISPR to edit human embryos for reproductive purposes, and he announced the birth […]

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Tags: CRISPR, genomics, Research


June 12, 2020

Who should get COVID-19 testing?

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

Dr. Bobbi Pritt, a clinical microbiologist at Mayo Clinic, acknowledges that there seems to be a lot of confusion with the general public when it comes to COVID-19 testing. Terms like viral, molecular, serology and antibodies, and convalescent plasma have sprung up in everyday language when talking about COVID-19 — but do you really need to know […]

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Tags: covid-19


June 12, 2020

Mayo Clinic launches neutralizing antibody test to advance COVID-19 therapies

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

By Ginger Plumbo A new COVID-19 antibody test developed by researchers in Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine and Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory explores whether people gain immunity after being infected, and can fight off the novel virus if it comes back.  The new SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibody test supports the national Expanded Access Program for Convalescent Plasma and […]

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Tags: covid-19, Research


June 8, 2020

Unanswered Questions Drive Convalescent Plasma Research

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Sara Tiner On Saturday, March 14, in southwest Wisconsin, a woman was working in her yard, raking and clearing the first spring weeds. She coughed a bit during the day, and felt some achiness in her lower back, some fatigue. It was in the high 30s that day, but she was warm when she […]

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Tags: covid-19, Research


May 26, 2020

Transplant: Research Makes More Organs Count

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

By Sara Nick/ Discovery’s Edge Several years ago, a surgeon checked on his patient and was pleased to find her sipping hot coffee in her hospital bed just one day after a lung transplant. If he was looking for a sign that the operation went well, he found it that morning. Delight turned to devastation […]

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Tags: #bacterial infections, #kidney transplant, Genetic Testing, Genetics, organ transplant


May 18, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 research news

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Early indicators: Investigational convalescent plasma is safe for patients with COVID-19 Mayo Clinic and collaborators have reported safety data on the first 5,000 hospitalized patients transfused with investigational convalescent plasma as part of the Food and Drug Administration’s national Expanded Access Program (EAP) for COVID-19. The early indicators suggest experimental convalescent plasma is safe in treating severely ill […]

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Tags: covid-19


May 11, 2020

AI enhances MRI images to identify molecular markers of brain cancer

By Sharon Rosen Sharon Rosen

Five years ago Bradley Erickson, M.D., Ph.D. never would have imagined that an MRI would be able to identify the molecular characteristics of brain cancer. But because of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), that scenario isn’t science fiction. It’s an exciting medical reality for Dr. Erickson, a radiologist on Mayo Clinic’s campus in […]

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Tags: artificial intelligence, cancer, gliomas


May 5, 2020

Mayo Clinic COVID-19 daily news

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

Understanding herd immunity The concept of herd immunity, or community immunity, has sparked debate about whether it would control the spread of COIVD-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), herd immunity is a situation in which sufficient proportions of a population are immune to an infectious disease to make its spread from person […]

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April 27, 2020

Noninvasive test may help some patients with melanoma avoid lymph node biopsy

By Jay Furst Jay Furst

A Mayo Clinic-led research team has developed a test for patients who have melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, that shows whether they’re at risk of the cancer spreading to other areas of the body. The research, described in the journal JCO Precision Oncology, could allow some patients at low risk of metastasis […]

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Tags: cancer, Melanoma, Research


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