January 08, 2023 – In precision and/or targeted medicine of today, physicians typically start out with the determination of the patients phenotypic expression of a disease (i.e., establish a clinical finding) and then go on into finding out the patients genetic …

Genomic variants traced forward to genetic disorders: A new approach? Read more »

December 22, 2022 – Are the many effects of ketamine clinically manageable? For treating clinicians and their patients receiving ketamine for quite a number of indications such as starting and maintaining general anesthesia, some forms of chronic pain relief, and some types …

Ketamine, Depression, Addiction: Is it a Cure, a Cause or a Vicious Cycle? Read more »

December 11, 2022 – We’re all familiar with the five senses that allow us to experience our surroundings, namely sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. However, equally important but much less well known is the so called Sixth Sense. Sixth sense …

The sixth sense: Are there genes associated with it? Read more »

November 27, 2022 – About 3.5–5.9% of the world population are affected by a rare diseases. For Africa alone, this winds up to around 50 million possibly affected people, representing a large community of individuals and families in need of diagnostics …

Including Africa in the research on rare genetic diseases: A must! Read more »

November 20, 2022 – The genetics of drug side-effects. Some 95% of people have a gene variant that affects their response to at least one drug. Treating physicians, clinical researchers, and affected patients know all to well the serious problems that …

Is there pre-emptive genotyping to avoid adverse drug effects (ADRs)? Read more »

November 10, 2022 – Drug addiction is a huge social problem of our todays societies. The problem does not only exist in the USA, but in other countries worldwide as well, with enormous numbers of victims due to alcoholism, smoking, …

Do genes affect our risk for addiction? Read more »

29. October 2022 – A first clinical guideline on Schaaf-Yang syndrome for professionals and families has been created. Improving knowledge of Schaaf-Yang syndrome (SYS), an ultra-rare disease caused by mutations in the MAGEL2 gene, is the aim of this first clinical …

The extremely rare Schaaf-Yang Syndrome and the MAGEL2 gene Read more »

October 21, 2022 – Why we want to drink (possibly too much)? And what has that to do with our genes, and why it matters for our alcohol risk? These are some of the question coming out of a recent …

Why we want to drink: Are there genes behind it? Read more »

October 14, 2022 – “Gambia Police Link Child Deaths to Cough Syrups Imported by US Firm”. This is a report from Reuters that illustrates in a tragic fashion the problem of globalisation of all processes involved in providing medicines to the needing …

The Gambia: Childrens deaths due to cough syrups Read more »

September 25, 2022 – Nearly 2000 years ago the Roman scholar and natural philosopher Pliny the Elder wrote in his Natural History: “Ex Africa surgit semper aliquid novi” (from Africa there is always something new). This quote beautifully applies to …

Genetic studies of African populations on disease susceptibility and response to vaccines and therapeutics  Read more »