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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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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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The phenotype broker: Blockchain and patient phenotype

July 26, 2019 – “Blockchains for secure digitized medicine”. This is the title of a very interesting and important article in the Journal of Personalised Medine (JPM) as of May 28, 2019.

Blockchain as an emerging technology (particularly around the hype on Bitcoins) has been gaining in popularity,

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Genetic aspects of globesity: Glocalized or not?

June 25, 2019 – The global obesity epidemic is so far-reaching it now has an overarching name: globesity (obviously derived from global obesity).  Very interesting questions arise in this context such as are there glocalized (global and or local) factors involved in this epidemic.

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Tofacitinib (Xeljanz): Dangers of blood clots in the lungs and of death

June 08, 2019 – For some time now, Tofacitinib (Xeljanz) receives intense attention in the media, with regulatory authorities, and patients and treating physicians alike because of serious concerns of increased risk of blood clots in the lungs and increased mortality in patients treated for ulcerative colitis at the 10-mg twice-daily dose of Tofacitinib (Xeljanz).

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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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