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Health News - Genetics

Scientists discover new therapeutic target for lung cancer driven by KRAS
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have identified a new way to target lung cancer through the KRAS gene, one of the most commonly mutated genes in human cancer and one researchers have so... (Medical News Today)

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge fuels novel gene discovery
Thanks to donations from 2014's ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, researchers reveal they have discovered a new gene that contributes to ALS development. (Medical News Today)

Gene therapy in a droplet could treat eye diseases, prevent blindness
Eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are among the leading causes of irreversible vision loss and blindness worldwide. (Medical News Today)

Gene provides new target for Alzheimer's disease treatment
A gene that protects the brain from the harmful build-up of amyloid-beta, one of the causative proteins implicated in Alzheimer's disease, has been identified as a new target for therapy by NeuRA... (Medical News Today)

Genetic profiling increases cancer treatment options, Sanford Health study finds
GEMMA clinical trial identified treatment options through personalized medicine. (Medical News Today)

Scientist develops gene therapy for muscle wasting
A discovery by Washington State University scientist Dan Rodgers and collaborator Paul Gregorevic could save millions of people suffering from muscle wasting disease. (Medical News Today)

Cells from same cell bank lots may have vast genetic variability
Findings have implications for reproducibility of cell culture experiments, a foundation of scientific research. (Medical News Today)

Genomic copies of Dolly the sheep prove cloned sheep can live long and healthy lives
Three weeks after the scientific world marked the 20th anniversary of the birth of Dolly the sheep, new research, published by The University of Nottingham in the academic journal Nature... (Medical News Today)

Dutch men and Latvian women tallest in world according to 100-year global height study
Dutch men and Latvian women are the tallest on the planet, according to the largest ever study of height around the world. (Medical News Today)

Genetic factors are responsible for creating anatomical patterns in the brain cortex
Brain imaging, twin studies and transcriptome data reveal genetic relationships between lobes. (Medical News Today)

DNA sequencing uncovers latent risk for developing cystic fibrosis
A study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Brigham and Women's Hospital and the California Department of Public Health suggests that all babies with a known mutation for... (Medical News Today)

BRCA1 mutations in breast and ovarian cancer can predict treatment resistance
Mutations in the BRCA1 gene are one of the most common risk factors for breast and ovarian cancers. (Medical News Today)

Dysplasia: What You Need to Know
Learn all about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of dysplasia, whereby abnormal cells can lead to the growth of enlarged tissue or precancerous cells. (Medical News Today)

Breast cancer risk may be influenced by type of fat dad eats
In a rat study, researchers find male rats that consumed a diet rich in animal fats increased the risk of breast cancer for female offspring. (Medical News Today)

Geneticists pinpoint three new genes with important roles in Motor Neurone Disease
A large team led by researchers in the Netherlands and London conducted the largest-ever MND genetic analysis, which brought together the efforts of over 180 scientists from 17 different countries. (Medical News Today)

Researchers show novel technique that can 'taste' DNA
Scientists at The University of Nottingham have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to selectively sequence fragments of DNA in real time, greatly reducing the time needed to... (Medical News Today)

IU cancer researcher, colleagues find new areas in human genome linked to increased risk of skin cancer
An Indiana University cancer researcher and colleagues have found genomic regions that are linked with an increased risk of skin cancer.Jiali Han, Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Parkinson's: Mutant gene interaction may pave the way for new treatments
Research that has discovered an interaction between mutant LRRK2 gene and alpha-synuclein may lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease, study says. (Medical News Today)

Asthma cure? Blocking 'rogue' gene shows promise
Instead of an inflammatory response to airways triggering asthma, researchers find the disease may arise as a result of a 'rogue' gene called ADAM33. (Medical News Today)

Intellectual disability and Down Syndrome
An investigation which aimed to understand the genetic basis for Down Syndrome has led to the identification of a gene which controls the formation of neural circuits in the brain. (Medical News Today)

Pharmacogenetics experts establish common vocabulary in bid to advance precision medicine
Experts led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have tackled a language barrier that is an obstacle to using precision medicine to enhance medication safety and effectiveness - the lack of... (Medical News Today)

Diseases that run in families not all down to genes, study shows
Family history of disease may be as much the result of shared lifestyle and surroundings as inherited genes, research has shown. (Medical News Today)

Three Alzheimer's genetic risk factors linked to immune cell dysfunction
People with a variant copy of the TREM2 gene have an increased risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, but researchers are only beginning to understand why. (Medical News Today)

ALS research suggests stem cells be 'aged' to speed progress toward finding treatments
Cedars-Sinai scientists are seeking to build an improved stem-cell model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) to accelerate progress toward a cure for the devastating neurological disorder. (Medical News Today)

Gene discovery points to new treatments for heart disease
The findings could also lead to new treatments for other common diseases.A gene discovery could pave the way for the development of new treatments for heart disease, after researchers found... (Medical News Today)

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