Digital Biology & Genetics

Bringing Genetics to the Forefront of Primary Care

 As consumer genetic testing continues to pick up steam—with the idea that patients are becoming more interested in how their inherited health impacts their future wellness—hospitals and health systems have also taken to finding ways to incorporate genetic information into primary care. In Evanston, Ill., about 12 miles from downtown Chicago, NorthShore University HealthSystem is

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Human genome could contain up to 20 percent fewer genes, researchers reveal

A new study reveals that up to 20 percent of genes classified as coding (those that produce the proteins that are the building blocks of all living things) may not be coding after all because they have characteristics that are typical of non-coding or pseudogenes (obsolete coding genes). The work once again highlights doubts about

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Genomic sequencing within 3 days for healthcare transformation

The Scottish Genomes Partnership (SGP), a collaboration of the country’s universities, is playing a key role in the transformation of healthcare. Findings from the project, which began in January 2015, are already helping to improve diagnoses of patients in the Scottish NHS, as well as advancing the understanding of rare and common diseases including cancer.What’s

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Gene-editing technique cures genetic disorder in utero

Researchers have for the first time used a gene editing technique to successfully cure a genetic condition in a mouse model. Their findings present a promising new avenue for research into treating genetic conditions during fetal development. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University have for the first time used a gene editing technique

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Routine DNA tests will put NHS at the ‘forefront of medicine’

People in England will have access to DNA tests on an unprecedented scale from the autumn when the NHS becomes the first health service in the world to routinely offer genomic medicine.From 1 October, hospitals across England will be connected to specialist centres that read, analyse and interpret patient DNA to help diagnose rare diseases,

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CRISPR could help us cure diseases. It could also cause cancer.

Two new studies find a link between CRISPR and cancer. You know already about the promise for CRISPR-Cas9 it might revolutionize fields from medicine to agriculture.It might also eventually cause tumors.Thats the takeaway from two new studies, published Monday in Nature Medicine. Both studies, one by Novartis and the other by the Karolinska Institute, focus

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Geisinger will offer DNA sequencing as ‘routine care’ to all its patients

Pennsylvania-based Geisinger Health soon will expand its genomics program from research into part of preventative care for patients, Geisinger President David Feinberg, MD, told HLTH Conference attendees on Sunday.For the next six months, Geisinger will enroll 1,000 patients into a pilot program that will recommend DNA sequencing as part of routine care. In the future,

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