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Health News - Genetics

A world first: scientists sequence genome of tapeworm removed from man's brain
For the first time, UK researchers have sequenced the genome of a tapeworm removed from the brain of a 50-year-old man. The tapeworm causes a rare disease called sparganosis. (Medical News Today)

Researchers characterize a protein mutation that alters tissue development in males before birth
Case Western Reserve researchers have identified a protein mutation that alters specific gender-related tissue in males before birth and can contribute to the development of cancer as well as other... (Medical News Today)

Study finds early diagnosis and cord blood transplantation prevents permanent brain damage from rare inherited disease
Umbilical cord blood from unrelated donors can halt the progression of the neurodegenerative disease Hurler syndrome if performed before the affected child is less than 9 months old, according to a... (Medical News Today)

New research shows significant promise for stratified medicine's impact on the UK health system
Research by the ABPI published November 20 shows that 90% of clinicians and other health professionals surveyed believe that stratified medicine - particularly non-cancer applications - will have a... (Medical News Today)

Mutations identified that are expressed within melanoma tumors that predict effective responses to a groundbreaking immunotherapy
A team led by Ludwig and Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) researchers has published a landmark study on the genetic basis of response to a powerful cancer therapy known as immune checkpoint blockade. (Medical News Today)

The effects of childhood adversity on problem drinking
While the influence of heritable factors on the development of alcohol use disorders (AUDs) has been documented in family pedigree and twin studies for decades, identification of specific genetic... (Medical News Today)

Shedding light on diseases caused by immune system fault
Scientists have discovered how a gene mutation can lead to diseases that occur when the immune system attacks the body by mistake. (Medical News Today)

Although DNA remains the same throughout our lives, it functions differently at different ages
Although every person's DNA remains the same throughout their lives, scientists know that it functions differently at different ages. (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough in managing yellow fever disease
Yellow fever is a disease that can result in symptoms ranging from fever to severe liver damage. (Medical News Today)

Real-time genome sequencing helps control hospital outbreak
Pioneering use of whole genome sequencing in real time to help control a hospital outbreak is reported in an article published in the open access journal Genome Medicine. (Medical News Today)

UCLA stem cell researcher pioneers gene therapy cure for children with "bubble baby" disease
UCLA stem cell researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble... (Medical News Today)

Unexpected cross-species contamination in genome sequencing projects
As genome sequencing has gotten faster and cheaper, the pace of whole-genome sequencing has accelerated, dramatically increasing the number of genomes deposited in public archives. (Medical News Today)

New drug targets mutation and prolongs survival of incurable pediatric brain tumor in mice
Northwestern Medicine scientists have discovered a new potential drug therapy for a rare, incurable pediatric brain tumor by targeting a genetic mutation found in children with the cancer. (Medical News Today)

NanoFlares light up individual cells if breast cancer biomarker is present
Metastasis is bad news for cancer patients. Northwestern University scientists now have demonstrated a simple but powerful tool that can detect live cancer cells in the bloodstream, potentially long... (Medical News Today)

Genetic replication study could lead to new cancer treatments
A group of scientists have made a breakthrough in the study of how genetic material is replicated. Their findings could have implications for cancer research. (Medical News Today)

Fragile X Syndrome: orphan designation for CNRS molecule
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted "orphan designation" to BMS 204352[1], a molecule developed by the CNRS to treat Fragile X Syndrome, a rare genetic disease for which there exists no... (Medical News Today)

A new genetic cause for a progressive form of epilepsy identified
An international research consortium has discovered a new gene underlying progressive myoclonus epilepsy, one of the most devastating forms of epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Ebola surveillance may become quicker and cheaper
A new method for examining the Ebola virus genome could make surveillance quicker and cheaper for West African nations, and help detect new forms of the virus. (Medical News Today)

Novel delivery platform identified that leads to the inhibition of microRNA activity - and the control of cancer growth
Since the discovery that microRNAs play key roles in regulating human disease, the hope has been that these short non-coding RNA molecules could be translated into a therapeutic strategy for the... (Medical News Today)

Chemistry trick may herald transformational next-generation RNAi therapeutics aimed at cancer, viral infections and more
Small pieces of synthetic RNA trigger a RNA interference (RNAi) response that holds great therapeutic potential to treat a number of diseases, especially cancer and pandemic viruses. (Medical News Today)

Sequencing of ferret genome offers clues to respiratory diseases
In what is likely to be a major step forward in the study of influenza, cystic fibrosis and other human diseases, an international research effort has a draft sequence of the ferret genome. (Medical News Today)

Scientists discover new gene for devastating form of epilepsy
Scientists have discovered a single mutation in a potassium ion channel gene underlies many unsolved cases of the devastating disorder progressive myoclonus epilepsy. (Medical News Today)

Twenty-five year hunt uncovers heart defect responsible for cardiovascular diseases
The landmark discovery of a tiny defect in a vital heart protein has for the first time enabled heart specialists to accurately pinpoint a therapeutic target for future efforts in developing a... (Medical News Today)

New insights that link Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is the most common cause of inherited intellectual disability (ID), as well as the most frequent monogenic cause of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). (Medical News Today)

Pinpointing aggressiveness of breast cancer tumours using cutting-edge computer software
Researchers at Western University are using cutting-edge genetic mutation-analysis software developed in their lab to interpret mutations in tumour genome that may provide insight into determining... (Medical News Today)

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