Integrated Omics

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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Gene therapy helps patients avoid blood transfusion

Memories of classical ballet performances dance in Wanda Sihanath’s head when she thinks about her childhood in Elgin, Illinois. She remembers balancing at the barre to Beethoven and pirouetting to Vivaldi.Even though it rarely affected her dance lessons, she also remembers being sick — very sick.Sihanath, now 22, was diagnosed as a young child with

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Omics, sweet omics curing the incurable, one disease at a time

They are many rare genetic diseases that strike perhaps only one in a million people. Often incurable, they can be profoundly debilitating and frequently life-threatening. Though each particular disease is rare, they number in the thousands which means that together they affect about 30 million Europeans or around 7% of us. Treating these diseases is

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