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Health News - Genetics

Colon tumor formation affected by genetic modifier
Unexpected results from an ongoing experiment in the lab of Kristi Neufeld, co-leader of the Cancer Biology Program at the University of Kansas Cancer Center, led to a potentially important discovery... (Medical News Today)

Crizotinib Effective in Phase 1 Trial Against ROS1 Lung Cancer
The New England Journal of Medicine reports positive results of a phase 1 clinical trial of the drug crizotinib against the subset of lung cancer marked by rearrangement of the gene ROS1. (Medical News Today)

New study challenges claims that low vitamin D causes type 2 diabetes
A large genetic study challenges claims of a causal link between people's levels of vitamin D and their chances of developing of type 2 diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough study discovers six changing faces of 'global killer' bacteria
Every ten seconds a human being dies from Streptococcus pneumoniae infection, also known as pneumococcus, making it a leading global killer. (Medical News Today)

Scripps Research institute scientists shed light on cause of spastic paraplegia
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered that a gene mutation linked to hereditary spastic paraplegia, a disabling neurological disorder, interferes with the normal... (Medical News Today)

Genetic test would help 'cut bowel cancer spread'
Screening families of patients with bowel cancer for a genetic condition would cut their risk of developing bowel, womb, and ovarian cancers, new research has found. (Medical News Today)

Viral DNA infects cells by changing from solid to fluid-like state
Many double-stranded DNA viruses infect cells by ejecting their genetic information into a host cell. But how does the usually rigid DNA packaged inside a virus' shell flow from the virus to the cell? (Medical News Today)

Hope of a treatment for deadly genetic disease, MPS IIIB
MPS IIIB is a devastating and currently untreatable disease that causes progressive damage to the brain, leading to profound intellectual disability, dementia and death - often before reaching... (Medical News Today)

In model of rare enzyme disorder, liver gene therapy corrects heart symptoms
In the second of two papers outlining new gene-therapy approaches to treat a rare disease called MPS I, researchers from Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania examined... (Medical News Today)

Association of physical activity with diabetes is weakest among women at high genetic risk
New research published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that the protective effect of physical activity against diabetes is weakest among... (Medical News Today)

Genetic data could help doctors know whether to prescribe statins or not
Genomic data could predict whether statins will benefit a patient or not, according to an article in the open access journal Genome Biology. (Medical News Today)

Ancient human genome from Southern Africa throws light on our origins
What can DNA from the skeleton of a man who lived 2,330 years ago in the southernmost tip of Africa tell us about ourselves as humans? (Medical News Today)

New study reveals an ongoing battle to control 'jumping genes,' driving the evolution of greater genomic complexity
New findings by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, suggest that an evolutionary arms race between rival elements within the genomes of primates drove the evolution of complex... (Medical News Today)

New estrogen-related breast cancer mechanism detected
Estrogen prepares cells to divide and even resist drugs for estrogen-positive breast cancers, according to new research investigating the role of the unfolded-protein response. (Medical News Today)

Malaria severity influenced by five human genes, say researchers
An international study says five genes play a complex role in influencing whether people are more or less susceptible to severe malaria and opens the door to new drugs or vaccines. (Medical News Today)

Genetic 'instruction set' for antibodies knocks down hepatitis C in mice
A triple-punch of antibodies both prevented hepatitis C infection and wiped out the disease after it had established itself in laboratory mice, according to a study led by Princeton University... (Medical News Today)

Discovery of synapse genes with major roles in severe childhood epilepsies
An international research team has identified gene mutations causing severe, difficult-to-treat forms of childhood epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Genes related to pediatric glaucoma contribute to future stroke
Every year in Canada about 50,000 people suffer from a stroke, caused either by the interruption of blood flow or uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Cancer drug plays dual purpose in regulating expression of genes in leukemia
Keck Medicine of USC scientists have discovered new clues about a drug instrumental in treating a certain blood cancer that may provide important targets for researchers searching for cures. (Medical News Today)

Improved survival for children with a leukemia subtype associated with poor prognosis
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study shows that adjusting treatment based on early response to chemotherapy boosts survival of young patients with Philadelphia chromosome-like acute... (Medical News Today)

Genetic risk factors for stroke identified
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. While many lines of evidence suggest that stroke risk is heritable, only a small number of genes associated with stroke have been... (Medical News Today)

How common gene mutation in Asians affects heart health
Over 500 million people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that disables a common metabolic protein called ALDH2. (Medical News Today)

Retinal tumors in young children caused by a single, genetic change
Retinoblastoma is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children one to two years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children. (Medical News Today)

Mutations cause chaos in the brain - new genes identified with key role in the development of severe childhood epilepsies
​In the largest collaborative study so far, an international team of researchers, including scientists from VIB and Antwerp University identified novel causes for severe childhood epilepsies. (Medical News Today)

More evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans overlapped
Artifacts recovered in Austria add to evidence that Neanderthals and modern humans co-existed for longer than previously thought and that humans coped well with different climates. (Medical News Today)

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