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Adelaide scientists make HIV a safe aid in gene therapy
Researchers at the Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide have today published a paper in Human Gene Therapy in which they have shown that Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 (HIV-1), after modification can be safely used to transfer therapeutic genes into human cells without transferring the disease.The use of this HIV-1 transfer approach has wide applicability for gene therapy in a variety of human genetic diseases. (2001-11-19)

Study participants at risk for Alzheimer's want to know their potential fate
If you had a family history of developing Alzheimer's disease, would you take a genetic test that would give you more information about your chances? (2011-12-12)

The opportunity for canalization and the evolution of genetic networks
Using a combination of mathematical and computational models, Stephen R. Proulx and Patrick C. Phillips investigate the evolution of genetic networks in response to a variety of genetic and environmental perturbations. (2005-02-02)

Genetic perversity: Smoking & gene avert Parkinson's
It has long been known that smoking offers some protection against developing Parkinson's disease and now a Queensland University of Technology PhD researcher has found out part of the reason why. (2006-03-06)

Precision medicine will benefit from animal models
One year into the National Institutes of Health's Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the massive project could still benefit from incorporating experimental studies of animal models of human disease, according to Kent Lloyd and colleagues in this Editorial. (2016-08-17)

Protein that limits the severity of genetic kidney disease found
Researchers from Kumamoto University, Japan have identified a protein that limits the severity of Alport syndrome, a type of genetic kidney disease. The finding can provide clues that point toward new therapeutic approaches for Alport syndrome. (2016-02-09)

New Alzheimer risk gene discovered
A new paper in the Journal of Neuropathology & Experimental Neurology finds a gene that may help explain a large part of the genetic risk for developing Alzheimer disease. (2019-11-21)

Why bad genes don't always lead to bad diseases
The finding advances ability to predict how severe any inherited genetic diseases will be in each affected person, a key insight into human disease. (2015-07-16)

Genetic tests could define us all as patients
Genetic science could drive a new wave of medicalisation if genetics tests are accepted without appropriate evaluation, warn researchers in this week's BMJ. (2002-04-11)

Genetic background check may explain why mutations produce different results
Two women have the same genetic mutation -- an abnormal BRCA1 gene that puts them both at much higher-than-average risk for breast cancer -- but only one woman develops the disease. Why? Michigan State University genetic scientists have begun to understand the mechanisms behind the phenomena. (2013-08-01)

Hundreds of thousands of genomes shed light on psychiatric disorders
A massive undertaking by the Brainstorm Consortium to analyze the genomes of nearly 900,000 people has revealed important insights into the genetic overlap among some psychiatric diseases, as well as among personality traits. (2018-06-21)

AAAS statement on genetic discrimination
Genetic variation among individuals, a universal fact of life with great potential for scientific and social advances, should never be used as a tool for discrimination, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) emphasized today. (2000-02-07)

How genetic testing can improve care for children with epilepsy
The steps involved in evaluating and diagnosing patients with epilepsy are complicated. In a new and extensive literature review of available information, experts provide insights on the valuable role of genetic testing in the diagnosis and care of pediatric epilepsy. (2015-09-10)

Chromosomal changes implicated in disease linked to social and economic disadvantage
Chromosomal changes implicated in disease are linked to social and economic disadvantage, finds a study of 473 families, published online in the Journal of Medical Genetics. (2019-09-23)

Genetic risk factors play role in autoantibody-negative rheumatoid arthritis
During the past few years, several new genetic risk factors for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been identified. The majority of genetic risk factors identified so far have been associated with autoantibody-positive RA, which affects about two-thirds of RA patients, but distinguishing this variant from autoantibody-negative RA, which is less destructive, is considered increasingly important. (2009-04-07)

New Genetic Risk Factor For Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered a gene on chromosome 3 that interacts with another gene on chromosome 19 markedly to increase the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease. (1997-10-14)

Genetics: No evidence of role in racial mortality gap
There is still no evidence of genetic difference between blacks and whites to account for the health disparities in cardiovascular disease, according to a new study by McGill University researchers. Published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, the researchers suggest that after a decade of genetic studies, factors such as lifestyle, education and socio-economics -- not genetics -- are more promising avenues to understanding racial health disparities. (2015-03-16)

Study questions value of genetic advice on breast cancer in primary care
The value of giving genetic advice on breast cancer in primary care is questionable, according to research from the Netherlands published in this week's BMJ. (2001-01-04)

Impact of misunderstanding genetic tests for heart conditions
Patients who undergo genetic testing for inherited heart disease need to be better informed to know how to interpret the results and understand the impact the results will have on their life, a University of Sydney study has found. (2018-02-23)

CONNECT registry shows only 9 percent compliance with genetic testing guidelines for AML
A study presented today at the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2017 shows only 9 percent of 259 evaluated AML patients received all seven of the NCCN-recommended genetic tests. (2017-06-05)

Yale-led team finds missing-in-action MS genes
An international collaboration led by scientists at Yale has cracked a tough nut in multiple sclerosis: where are all the genes? (2018-10-18)

Researchers seek siblings with Parkinson's disease for national genetic study
Researchers are seeking siblings diagnosed with Parkinson's disease to identify the genetic markers that may indicate a predisposition for developing this movement disorder. Indiana University School of Medicine is the principal institution among 49 centers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada participating in five-year PROGENI (Parkinson's Research: The Organized Genetic Initiative)study. (2000-02-27)

Genetic link to heart failure
New research, to be published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, has identified a group of 12 genetic variants in the HSPB7 gene that is associated with heart failure in humans. (2009-12-14)

K-State professor's USDA research shows mad cow disease also caused by genetic mutation
New findings about the causes of mad cow disease show that sometimes it may be genetic. (2008-09-11)

Well-known author and historian reports on progress in Huntington's therapies
Understanding the causes and mechanisms of Huntington's disease has grown at a dramatic pace since discovery of the genetic marker in 1983. While therapies to treat the disease lag behind these laboratory discoveries, disease altering interventions are moving closer to the clinic. Alice Wexler, Ph.D., authority on the history of Huntington's disease, author, and research scholar with UCLA's Center for the Study of Women, recounts important milestones along the journey towards a treatment or cure for the disease. (2012-06-25)

Genetic tricks of rabbits resistant to fatal viral disease
Underlying genetic variation in the immune systems of rabbits allowed them to rapidly evolve genetic resistance to the myxoma virus, a deadly rabbit pathogen introduced into Europe and Australia during the 1950s, according to a new study. (2019-02-14)

New study identifies the main genetic causes of autoimmune Addison's disease
Scientists from the University of Bergen (Norway) and Karolinska Institutet (Sweden) have discovered the genes involved in autoimmune Addison's disease. (2021-02-12)

Colorectal cancer gene database helpful in furthering research
The CRCgene database, which gathers all genetic association studies on colorectal cancer, allows for researchers to accurately interpret the risk factors of the disease and provides insight into the direction of further colorectal cancer research, according to a study published Sept. 27 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. (2012-09-27)

ASHG issues statement supporting licensure of genetic counselors
ASHG issued today a statement of support for state licensure of certified genetic counselors. To receive and maintain licensure, providers would need to receive a degree in genetic counseling, pass a national-level exam to receive certification, and fulfill continuing education requirements. Licensure would allow genetic counselors to order genetic and genomic tests in many instances, provide pre- and post-test counseling and education, and deliver services with maximum flexibility. (2015-09-10)

Cross-species strategy might be a powerful tool for studying human disease
A new study takes advantage of genetic similarities between mammals and fruit flies by coupling a complex genetic screening technique in humans with functional validation of the results in flies. The new strategy, published by Cell Press on Feb. 3 in the American Journal of Human Genetics, has the potential to be an effective approach for unraveling genetically complex human disorders and providing valuable insights into human disease. (2011-02-03)

New genes associated with extreme longevity identified
Centenarians show successful aging as they remain active and alert at very old ages. Scientists at Stanford University and the University of Bologna have begun to unravel the basis for longevity by finding genetic loci associated with extreme longevity. The report by Kristen Fortney and colleagues, published in PLOS Genetics, uses a new statistical method (termed 'informed GWAS') to identify five longevity loci that provide clues about physiological mechanisms for successful aging. (2015-12-17)

WSU researchers investigate effect of environmental epigenetics on disease and evolution
Washington State University researchers say environmental factors are having an underappreciated effect on the course of disease and evolution by prompting genetic mutations through epigenetics, a process by which genes are turned on and off independent of an organism's DNA sequence. Their assertion is a dramatic shift in how we might think of disease and evolution's underlying biology and 'changes how we think about where things come from,' said WSU biologist Michael Skinner. (2015-08-03)

Study raises questions about reporting incidental genetic findings
The study of 2,022 patients identified 63 who had genetic variations considered to be 'potentially pathogenic' -- capable of producing arrhythmias. Yet their electrocardiograms (ECGs) were no different from those who did not carry the 'disease genes.' (2016-01-05)

Genetic variants associated with a risk of Crohn's disease
The likelihood of three genetic variants being associated with a risk of Crohn disease is lower than many previous studies indicated, states a research article in CMAJ. (2010-04-06)

People are unlikely to withdraw consent for genetic research
People are unlikely to withdraw consent for genetic research even when samples were taken many years ago, research in this week's BMJ suggests. (2002-09-19)

Genetics: More than merely a mutated gene
If two women have the same genetic mutation that puts them at higher-than-average risk for a disease such as breast cancer, why does only one develop the disease? (2013-08-01)

World's first genetic and environmental risks identified for common form of childhood epilepsy
A new study of childhood epilepsy has identified the world's first environmental risk factor for the disease - maternal smoking in pregnancy, and discovered a new genetic association with the condition, pointing to potential new treatments for the disease. (2020-06-24)

The peopling of the Americas
At one time or another most of us wonder where we came from, where our parents or grandparents and their parents came from. Did our ancestors come from Europe or Asia? As curious as we are about our ancestors, for practical purposes, we need to think about the ancestry of our genes, according to Cecil Lewis, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Lewis says our genetic ancestry influences the genetic traits that predispose us to risk or resistance to disease. (2009-08-14)

Current search for heart disease treatment may not be fruitful
A protein used by doctors to indicate a patient's risk of coronary heart disease may have drug developers barking up the wrong treatment tree, according to the authors of a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Their research suggests that C-reactive protein, an enticing target for scientists working on new treatments for coronary heart disease, may not have a role in causing the disease, even though it is a predictive marker. (2009-06-30)

Genetic risks for disease often missing from patient charts
Standard history-taking in internal medicine practices may not fully capture patients' risks for developing certain diseases and internists may lose opportunities to provide preventive medical recommendations, according to a study from Northwestern University. (2003-08-12)

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