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Clinical evidence and implementation challenges for pharmacogenomic testing

September 18, 2019 – This post is an edited version of parts of a paper that appeared in the Journal of Personalised Medicine (JPM) a week ago und which addresses one of the important topics in connection with the themes of personalised medicine,

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Staying wakeful for the day: A second short sleep gene identified

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FDA safety communication concerning E-cigarettes

September 05, 2019 – An E-cigarette is a handheld battery-powered vaporizer that simulates smoking by providing some of the behavioral aspects of smoking, including the hand-to-mouth action of smoking, but without burning tobacco. Using an E-cigarette is known as “vaping” and the user is referred to as a “vaper.”

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Variables of prospective response rates of PD-1/PD-L1 based therapies across cancers

August 28, 2019 – Immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) therapy is a form of cancer immunotherapy. The therapy targets immune checkpoints, key regulators of the immune system that when stimulated can dampen the immune response to an immunologic stimulus.

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Therapies that promote progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML)

August 23, 2019 – Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a rare and often fatal viral disease characterized by progressive damage or inflammation of the white matter of the brain at multiple locations (i.e., multifocal). It is caused by the JC virus,

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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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Cystic fibrosis: CFTR-gene editing may cure this genetic disease

August 13, 2019 – A very significant research article by the title “Allele specific repair of splicing mutations in cystic fibrosis through AsCas12a genome editing” has just appeared in the open access Journal Nature Communications. This work provide hope to patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) that in the nearer future CF may be curable,

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Black people with natural blonde hair – Everything is possible in genetics

August 07, 2019 – Blonde hair is a rare human phenotype found almost exclusively in Europe and Oceania. Human pigmentation varies considerably within and among populations and is a function of both variation in exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) and the type and quantity of melanin produced in melanocytes and keratinocytes.

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ZRANB3 in African Populations: New Type 2 Diabetes risk locus identified

August 03, 2019 – Africa is considered the original cradle of all humanity, to which all humans can trace their genetic origin. This may be very interesting in the context of diseases that are due to genetic predispositions both in todays African populations and in all the populations descendant of African origin worldwide.

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Risk loci for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

August 01, 2019 – Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life. Symptoms may include disturbing thoughts,

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  • In-office gene therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration is coming October 11, 2019
    Gene therapy is showing promise for one of the most common causes of blindness. Data presented today shows that six patients with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have, so far, gone at least six months without the need for continued injections to control a disease that typically requires treatment every four to six weeks. Researchers […]
  • Powerful new genomics method can be used to reveal the causes of rare genetic diseases October 11, 2019
    A team led by a scientist at Scripps Research has invented a new genomics technique for tracking down the causes of rare genetic diseases.
  • Jumping genes can cause rare developmental disorders in children October 11, 2019
    The largest study of its kind into childhood developmental disorders has discovered that jumping genes cause genetic changes in some patients with undiagnosed neurodevelopmental diseases. The research from the Wellcome Sanger Institute and its collaborators in the NHS Regional Genetics services enabled genetic diagnoses for three children with previously undiagnosed rare developmental diseases who were […]
  • New customized drug treatment bypasses a single child's unique mutation within a year of diagnosis October 10, 2019
    An unprecedented case at Boston Children's Hospital shows that it's possible to do something that's never been done before: identify a patient's unique mutation, design a customized drug to bypass it, manufacture and test the drug, and obtain permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin treating the patient—all in less than one […]
  • Multigene testing for all breast cancer patients cost-effective October 10, 2019
    (HealthDay)—Unselected, multigene testing for all patients with breast cancer would be cost-effective in the United Kingdom and the United States, according to a study published online Oct. 3 in JAMA Oncology.
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