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The Promise of Personalized Medicine

Computational geneticists, like University of Utah’s Mark Yandell, are creating software tools to speed the process of finding genetic causes of rare diseases, bringing relief for families from ...Read More

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Rethink What's Possible

The Huntsman Cancer Institute launches a campaign to stop cancers before they start, an ambitious goal made possible through research from the Utah Genome Project. Watch the video to learn more...Read More

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Preventing Preterm Birth Through Genetics

More than 12% of infants born in the United States are born preterm, at less than 37 weeks gestation. Preterm infants account for more than 70% of the neonatal morbidity and mortality in the United St...Read More

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Unraveling the Genetics of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a neuroegenerative disease leading to loss of voluntary muscle control and paralysis. Most patients die within two ...Read More

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Nation's Top Computational Biologists Converge at VAAST Hackathon

Hackers are geniuses when it comes to finding weaknesses in software that they can exploit for their own devious purposes. On the positive side, once loopholes are found, software developers know what...Read More

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Powerful New Tool Combs Family Genomes to Identify Disease-Causing Variations

Scientists at the USTAR Center for Genomic Discovery at the Unviersity of Utah, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and colleagues have developed a powerful tool called pVAAST...Read More

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Software IDs Disease-Causing Gene Mutations in 3 Children

A computational tool developed by co-director of the Center for Genetic Discovery and Utah Genome Project investigator Mark Yandell, Ph.D. has successfully identified diseases with unknown gene mutati...Read More

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Why Hasn't DNA Sequencing Become a Routine Part of Health Care?

It has become faster and cheaper than ever to sequence the human genome. So, why doesn't everyone know their genetic code and what it might tell them about their health? Dr. Gabor Marth, co-director o...Read More

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USTAR Launches Center for Genetic Discovery

The USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery is partnering with California based Omicia, Inc, to make patient genome analysis as routine as a blood test. The center, co-directed by Utah Genome Project Inves...Read More

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Using Computer Logic to Diagnose Disease

It’s impossible for a patient to be treated effectively without knowing what’s wrong. In this interview, human genetics professor Dr. Mark Yandell describes a software program that can dia...Read More

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Genetic Testing For Cancer

If you have a family history of cancer, you may have considered genetic testing to see if you actually have the mutation that causes the disease. It’s a very useful tool, but there are many othe...Read More

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National Poll Shows Public Divided on Genetic Testing to Predict Risk

Genetic testing to predict the likelihood of developing a hereditary cancer can help save millions of lives each year. This year’s survey shows significant work is still needed to educate the pu...Read More