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Onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma): Approval strategy with manipulated data?

August 13, 2019 – Onasemnogene abeparvovec-xioi (Zolgensma) is an adeno-associated virus vector-based gene therapy indicated for the treatment of pediatric patients less than 2 years of age with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) with bi-allelic mutations in the survival motor neuron 1 (SMN1) gene.

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Where portrait photos meet genetics and AI

June 13, 2019 – This is simply fascinating stuff. Researchers are testing neural networks that automatically combine portrait photos with genetic and phenotypic patient data in order to obtain definitive diagnosis of hereditary rare diseases, all with the help of artificial intelligence (AI).  

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Stuff to read: Why should our Y chromosome disappear, after all?

January 21, 2019 – Stuff to Read: As the Y chromosome is disappearing, we prepare ourselves to say goodbye to men, while asking if we could, and/or should, engineer animals to be as smart as us as humans?

As the person behind thasso.com and the writer of some of the posts to be found on thasso post,

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Is there breast implant-associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)?

January 09, 2019 – Women should be alerted: Is there a thing like breast implant associated cancer (BIA-ALCL)? Yes, there is. Not every woman with a breast implant will get it, however. In fact, BIA-ALCL seems to be a rather rare condition; unfortunately,

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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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Risk of Bullous Pemphigoid with Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

August 12, 2018 – Findings from a retrospective case-control study were published online August 8, 2018, in JAMA Dermatology indicate that the use of certain dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor drugs are associated with a small but significantly elevated risk for developing bullous pemphigoid,

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Ethnic disparities in the occurrence of prostate cancer

May 10, 2018 – A seemingly higher incidence of prostate cancer and resulting fatalities in African-American men than in European-Amcerican men has been noted for quite some time. New research published in Molecular Oncology may help explain why African American men are at a higher risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and a higher risk of dying from the disease compared with European American men.

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Chinese arrhythmia in traditional medicine

May 04, 2018 – All natural is healthy. This is a common belief for many, particularly when shopping for alternative medicines and dietary supplements. For many, however, the contrary might be fatally true.

As a point in case, new research shows, that substances in Traditional Chinese Medicine  (TCM) can cause severe cardiac arrhythmia. 

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FDA-cleared genomic profiling tests to guide cancer treatment

December 25, 2017 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two genetic tests to identify genetic alterations in tumors.  The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) genomic test and the MSK-IMPACT Tumor Profiling test both can help to guide physicians in clinical trial enrollment and in cancer treatment.

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Is precision medicine un-precise when applied to diverse world populations?

October 28, 2017 – How Precise is Precision Medicine When Applied to Diverse Populations? This was the question raised in a very recent article published in Front Line Genomics that is based an an according study published online October 19, 2017,

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  • Development and analytical validation of a next-generation sequencing based microsatellite instabili October 18, 2019
    The referenced article describes an assay that has a clinically relevant five-day turnaround time and can be conducted on as little as 20 ng genomic DNA with a batch size of up to forty samples in a single run.
  • Lifestyle is a threat to gut bacteria: Ötzi proves it October 18, 2019
    The intestinal microbiome is a delicate ecosystem made up of billions and billions of microorganisms, bacteria in particular, that support our immune system, protect us from viruses and pathogens, and help us absorb nutrients and produce energy. The industrialization process in Western countries had a huge impact on its content. This was confirmed by a […]
  • Singapore completes whole genome sequencing analysis of multi-ethnic Asian populations October 18, 2019
    A new genetic databank has been established containing the completed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data of close to 5,000 Singaporeans. Worldwide, WGS is increasingly used in research and healthcare to identify genetic variations using cutting-edge technologies that allow large numbers of individuals to be sequenced rapidly—This new study is the world's largest WGS analysis of Asian […]
  • Researchers quantify limitations of health reports from direct-to-consumer genetic tests October 17, 2019
    Health reports from direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests that use a limited variant screening approach often yield clinical false-negative results, which pose the risk of informing health care decisions based on incomplete information, according to findings presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2019 Annual Meeting in Houston, Texas.
  • Researchers develop mouse model of human gene involved in Alzheimer's disease October 17, 2019
    In research that helps scientists better understand and explore treatments for diseases like Alzheimer's, scientists have developed a line of mice in which the mouse version of the Alzheimer's-associated MAPT gene has been fully replaced by the human version of the gene. In this new animal model, known as a full gene-replacement model, the MAPT […]
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