Tag Archives: Genetic

Waiting For The ‘Sign’ that Protections Are Needed For Genetic Data? Here It Is.

I just attended the National Society of Genetic Counselors Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, UT where I met some of the brightest minds in genetics, heard about mind-bending new technologies, and was reminded of the many ways that genetic counseling and testing is improving health, transforming lives, and driving precision medicine forward. With that bright promise… Read More »

New DNA-editing method could fix 89% of genetic diseases, scientists claim

New DNA-editing method could fix 89% of genetic diseases including sickle cell anemia, scientists claim CRISPR gene-editing was hailed as a revelation with the potential to correct DNA mutations that cause thousands of diseases  But the necessary ‘cuts’ the tool makes to strands of DNA can disrupt the surrounding genetic code  Some 10,000 disease are… Read More »

Creating a Detailed Genetic Map of Multiple Sclerosis

Researchers at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, led by Jacob L. McCauley, Ph.D., and Margaret A. Pericak-Vance, Ph.D., have completed a study creating a detailed genetic map of multiple sclerosis. Their study, “Multiple sclerosis genomic map implicates peripheral immune cells and microglia in susceptibility,” was recently published in the journal Science. MS is… Read More »

Genetic studies suggest alcohol isn’t linked to breast cancer afterall

By Clare Wilson Breast cancer may not be linked to heavy drinkingKlaus Vedfelt/Getty Could the health risks from booze be overblown? A new study has found that low levels of alcohol do not cause cancer, and even heavy drinking doesn’t cause breast cancer – contrary to official UK warnings. The question of how much alcohol… Read More »

NHS hospital to trial genetic analysis for blood pressure patients

Volunteers will be sought at a blood pressure clinicMatthew Horwood/Getty By Adam Vaughan A hundred people undergoing treatment at a UK hospital are to get their DNA analysed in a pioneering trial. Around 85,000 people with rare disorders in the UK have already had their genomes sequenced through the National Health Service as part of the… Read More »