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Study looks at genetic background of healthy people who develop severe Covid-19 illness

June 13, 2020 – To help disentangle the secrets of Covid-19 disease, researchers are sequencing the DNA of young grown-ups and children who suffer from extreme Covid-19 disease ailments in spite of having no hidden clinical issues. The scientists are searching for hereditary genetic risk factors that could put certain people at high danger of getting seriously sick from the novel coronavirus,

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Gene therapy: Zolgensma to treat spinal muscular atrophy

May 29, 2019 – Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a group of neuromuscular disorders that result in the loss of motor neurons and progressive muscle wasting. The severity of symptoms and age of onset varies by the type. Some types are apparent at or before birth while others are not apparent until adulthood. 

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CRISPR/Cas9 for the Treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: Prime time already?

December 12, 2018 – The application of CRISPR/Cas9 based molecular technology in the field of gene editing (or genome editing) has recently had its exploded limelight exposure for a couple of reasons. The question arises if this exposure is earned or somewhat premature.

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Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna): Gene therapy to treat inherited vision loss

December 20, 2017 –  The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has just approved  a novel gene therapy to treat patients with a rare form of inherited vision loss. Voretigene Neparvovec-Rzyl (Luxturna) is the first directly administered gene therapy approved to target a disease caused by mutations in a specific human gene (i.e.,

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Single-Dose Gene-Replacement Therapy

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Living theragenomics: Dangers of codeine and tramadol medicines in children

April 23, 2017 – This is a Safety Announcement from April 20, 2017, by the American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to the fact that FDA further restricts use of prescription codeine pain and cough medicines and tramadol pain medicines in children and recommends against their use in breastfeeding women.

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Children: Is there personalized medicine for children too?

April 04, 2017 – Personalized medicine, also referred to as precision medicine, incorporates the individual patient’s characteristics into treatment, rather than relying on population means. Over the past several years, it has become a significant focus for research. Developments in pharmacogenomics, the study of genomic variations that influence response to drugs,

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  • Diagnostic, therapeutic advance for rare neurodegenerative disorder October 21, 2020
    Mayo Clinic researchers, along with national and global collaborators, have developed a potential test for Machado-Joseph disease, or spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3)—a disease that has no cure. They also have clarified the role of a gene target associated with the disease.
  • Scientists identify compound that stimulates muscle cells in mice October 21, 2020
    UCLA researchers have identified a compound that can reproduce the effect of exercise in muscle cells in mice. The findings are published in the journal Cell Reports Medicine.
  • Genome archeologists discover path to activate immune response against cancer October 21, 2020
    Ancient embedded elements in our DNA from generations past can activate a powerful immune response to kill cancer cells like an infection.
  • Genomic differences may be key to overcoming prostate cancer disparities October 21, 2020
    Prostate cancer is the most common type of cancer among American men after skin cancer, but the disease does not affect all races equally. African American men are nearly two times more likely to develop prostate cancer, and more often have an aggressive form of the disease that grows and spreads quickly. They are also […]
  • Epigenomic platform detects early-stage pancreatic cancer October 21, 2020
    Bluestar Genomics has published study results in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Communications demonstrating the power of the company's platform to detect pancreatic cancer in its early stages, addressing the unmet need of more than 60,000 patients diagnosed with the disease each year in the United States alone. The epigenomic platform analyzes a simple blood draw […]
  • Virtual Reality health appointments can help patients address eating disorders October 21, 2020
    Research from the University of Kent, the Research centre on Interactive Media, Smart systems and Emerging technologies -- RISE Ltd and the University of Cyprus has revealed that Virtual Reality (VR) technology can have significant impact on the validity of remote health appointments for those with eating disorders, through a process called Virtual Reality Exposure […]
  • The soft power concept of German energy foreign policy October 21, 2020
    As part of its foreign policy, Germany hopes to promote energy transitions abroad through international partnerships. A study by the IASS Potsdam analyses these bilateral energy partnerships. Building on its reputation as an energy transition frontrunner, Germany is currently pursuing a soft power strategy aimed at winning over foreign countries to its policy approaches in […]
  • Study finds go-to hormone for cycad propagation ineffective October 21, 2020
    Newly published thesis research by a University of Guam master's graduate reveals that propagation of cycads through stem cuttings does not benefit from a commonly used rooting hormone.
  • Scientists develop algorithm to help relieve pressure on the NHS October 21, 2020
    New research suggests an algorithm could be used to help optimise the sharing of healthcare resources during the Covid-19 pandemic, preventing NHS intensive care units (ICU) from becoming overwhelmed.
  • Collaborative care to meet mental health demands in era of COVID-19 October 21, 2020
    The need for collaborative care among health care professionals to meet mental health demands in the COVID-19 pandemic is discussed in this Viewpoint.
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