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 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 »

September 21, 2022 – Here, a big bias in genetic research into its applicability on “personalized”, or “precision”, or “theragenomic” medicine is finally addressed and brought forward to all involved in these fields. The problem until now is (and was} that …

Ethnic equity in precision medicine Read more »

September 16, 2022 – Beta thalassemias (β thalassemias) are a group of inherited blood disorders. They are forms of thalassemia caused by reduced or absent synthesis of the beta chains of hemoglobin that result in variable outcomes ranging from severe anemia …

Gene therapy: Hope for patients with beta-thalassemia? Read more »

September 03, 2022 – Sometimes, in sleepless nights, as an ever and never stopping inquiring mind, you may stumble over just flabbergastingly mind-boggling stuff like this. The issue is “doppelgänger” and the possible genetic similarities behind it. Doppelgänger means people that …

My doppelgänger: Has he/she my DNA and my genes too? Read more »

August 26, 2022 – Traditionally, pharmacovigilance (PV), is the pharmaceutical science relating to the “collection, detection, assessment, monitoring, and prevention” of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) with pharmaceutical products and associated therapies. Pharmacovigilance is based on information about ADRs received from patients and healthcare …

Pharmacogenovigilance: Has the time come? Read more »