Items Tagged ‘genomics’

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


April 25, 2020

Why do diseases such as COVID-19 and cancer hit some people harder than others?

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy

As the nation marks DNA Day on April 25 — commemorating the discovery of DNA’s double helix in 1953 and the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 — Mayo Clinic researcher Nicholas Chia, Ph.D., continues to search for answers to the question of why some people are more susceptible to getting a severe […]

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Tags: cancer genomics, DNA, genomics, microbiome, rare disease


January 28, 2020

Individualized care for psychiatric disorders — Mayo Clinic Biobank + genetic testing could pave the way

By Sharon Rosen Sharon Rosen

Patients suffering from depression, anxiety and substance use disorders often search for years to find treatment. Studies have shown that during this time gap, patients’ symptoms worsen, increasing their risk for other chronic illnesses, shortened lifespan and poor quality of life. Mayo Clinic statistical geneticist Joanna Biernacka, Ph.D. and her colleagues are working to change […]

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Tags: #Mayo Clinic Biobank, anxiety, center for individualized medicine, depression, Genetic Testing, genomics, Joanna Biernacka, mayo clinic, Project Generation, psychiatric disorders, risk score, substance abuse disorder


January 21, 2020

Patient’s premature aging symptoms tied to shorter DNA strands

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

At only 27-years-old, Morgan Cook recalls the days when she had an abundant amount of energy. “I would lift weights. I would do cardio. I would – you name it, I would do it. I was a lot more active,” says Cook. “I felt like I was able to do more things with friends. I […]

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Tags: #Mrinal Patnaik, center for individualized medicine, Genetics, genomics, hematology, hyperextensible joints, low blood count, mayo clinic, premature aging, short telemores syndrome


December 23, 2019

Meet Eric Matey, Pharm.D., R.Ph.: moving drug-gene testing into clinical care

By Sharon Rosen Sharon Rosen

If you’ve picked up a prescription from your local pharmacy, you may have spoken with a pharmacist about how and when to take a medication or its potential side effects. At Mayo Clinic, pharmacists perform these same tasks, but their role extends much further by helping move genomics discoveries into clinical care.   “Our pharmacy team […]

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Tags: #drug-gene interactions, #RIGHT 10K study, center for individualized medicine, Center for Individualized Medicine Pharmacogenomics Program, Eric Matey, Genetic Testing, genomics, individualized medicine, mayo clinic, pharmacy


December 2, 2019

Precision genomics may offer clues to unexplained low blood cell counts

By Jay Furst Jay Furst

Precision genomics has opened the door to identifying the drivers for cancer and other diseases. Its value as a diagnostic tool isn’t limited to the underlying disease biology, however. It also can help diagnose and determine targeted therapies for patients with unexplained illnesses. Mrinal Patnaik, M.B.B.S., a Mayo Clinic hematologist, and colleagues conducted research with […]

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Tags: #Mrinal Patnaik, #undiagnosed diseases, center for individualized medicine, cytopenia, genomics, inherited bone marrow failure syndrome, low blood cell count, mayo clinic, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, stem cell transplant


November 28, 2019

For one patient, sharing her family medical history led to lifesaving care

By Sharon Rosen Sharon Rosen

When Stephanie Van Doren first visited Mayo Clinic’s campus in Florida, she was seeking care for digestive issues. But after hearing Van Doren’s family medical history and completing a clinical evaluation, gastroenterologist Timothy Woodward, M.D. recognized that she may also be at risk for a potentially fatal heart condition, aortic dissection. Genetic testing confirmed that […]

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Tags: #aortic dissection, #family medical history, #hereditary diseases, #Stephanie Van Doren, center for individualized medicine, Genetic Testing, genomics, Heart Disease, mayo clinic, Timothy Woodward


November 14, 2019

Genetic counselors offer a human experience, guidance for patients

By Sharon Rosen Sharon Rosen

Who should have genetic testing? Which testing option is best for each individual? These are all questions that genetic counselors can answer. They play a key role in educating patients and physicians about how genetic testing can be used to guide medical care. “Mayo Clinic genetic counselors are those members of the health care team […]

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Tags: #genetic disorders, #hereditary diseases, #Mayo Clinic Department of Clinical Genomics, center for individualized medicine, Genetic Counselor Awareness Day, Genetic Counselors, Genetic Testing, genomics, Jessica Tarnowski, Joan Steyermark, mayo clinic, preemptive genetic testing


October 23, 2019

Finding the needle in the haystack: a tool for rare inherited diseases

By Barbara J. Toman Barbara J. Toman

Individualized medicine has had notable success in identifying DNA mutations that cause cancer. But rare inherited diseases pose an even bigger challenge. Like a needle in a haystack, the cause of a rare inherited disease is often deeply buried, in the DNA that comprises genes or controls their expression. Now however, Mayo Clinic’s Center for […]

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Tags: #Gavin Oliver, biioinformatics, center for individualized medicine, fusion transcript detection, fusion transcription, Genetic Testing, genomics, inherited rare diseases, mayo clinic, RNA sequencing


October 21, 2019

What men need to know about breast cancer risk

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher

Male breast cancer is a rare disease, comprising 1% of all breast cancers, but the number of men diagnosed is on the rise. “And there is an increasing appreciation of differences in the tumor biology of female breast cancer versus male breast cancer,” says Siddhartha Yadav, M.D., co-author of a Mayo Clinic study published in […]

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Tags: Genetic Testing, genomics, hereditary breast cancer, hereditary cancer, Male breast cancer, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Sarah Kroc, Siddhartha Yadav


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