The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues released a report on Dec. 12, 2013, entitled Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts. Although not specifically focused on genomics, the report and its guidelines have implications for genomics […]
When NHGRI published its new strategic vision for genomics in 2011, we recognized that we had a lot to learn about the research needed to apply genomics to clinical care. At the same time, it seemed critical that we begin to establish a foundation of research programs that would facilitate the implementation of genomic medicine, so we decided to jump in and […]
The October Genome Advance of the Month highlights a study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, which demonstrates the advantages of whole genome sequencing versus whole exome sequencing in the identification of autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa - an inherited disease that ultimately leads to blindness.
A novel approach identified dozens of genes that may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The findings may also yield insights into other disorders that involve mitochondria, our cells' biological power plants.
The effectiveness of certain cancer therapies may depend on microbes that live in the intestine, according to a study in mice. The findings suggest that antibiotics might hinder the effects of cancer therapies.
Gene tests don't improve initial dosing of a common blood thinner, a large study finds. The result highlights the importance of using clinical trials to assess how genetics might help optimize therapy.
Ocean waters warming from climate change are placing coral reefs in jeopardy, but a new discovery suggests that two similar-looking coral species differ in how they survive. One withstands warmer ocean temperatures better than the other."We've found that a previously unrecognized species was hiding some corals' ability to respond to climate ch […]
In an age where 3-D printers are becoming a more and more common tool to make custom designed objects, some researchers are using the technology to manufacture replacement parts for the most customized and unique object of all--the human body.With funding from the National Science Foundation, a husband and wife duo--materials scientist
Medicated adhesive patches have become a preferred method of delivery for everything from nicotine to hormones to motion sickness medication.Drexel University researchers are trying to expand the possibilities of this system--called transdermal delivery--with the help of a cleverly designed delivery vehicle and an ultrasonic "push," or pressure fro […]
Studies conducted by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C., show that when children increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly.