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Gene.iobio App for Real-Time, Interactive Analysis of Genetic Variants

Gene.iobio is the latest in a suite of intuitive and interactive genome analysis tools developed by the team of Gabor Marth, D.Sc. professor of human genetics and co-director of the USTAR Center for G...Read More

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Mark Yandell, PhD: Code Breaker

Mark Yandell, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery, uses computer logic and algorithms to search the 3 billion bases of our genetic code for dis...Read More

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Poor Survival in Multiple Myeloma Patients Linked to Genetic Variation

SALT LAKE CITY- Researchers with the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah and collaborators from 17 other institutions have found that multiple myeloma patients with a genetic variation...Read More

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Genetic Testing in Kids?

A woman coping with the burden of familial breast cancer can’t help but wonder if her young daughter will suffer the same fate. Has she inherited the same disease-causing mutation? Is it best to...Read More

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Genomics England Selects Omicia and University of Utah Technology for 100,000 Genomes Project

Genomics England announced that it will be using technology co-developed in a partnership between the University of Utah and Omicia, and exclusively commercialized through Omicia, to interpret the DNA...Read More

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Mutations in RAG1 Gene Linked to Even More Immunodeficiency Diseases

In a multi-institution study published in the Journal Clinical of Immunology, University of Utah researchers and colleagues have extended the spectrum of diseases caused by mutations in the RAG1 gene ...Read More

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Utah Parkinson Disease Registry To Provide Insights Into Disease's Causes

The Utah Parkinson Disease Registry (UPDR.org) was launched last week in an effort to understand an apparent rise in PD by 30 percent over the last ten years in Utah, and to uncover causes of the dise...Read More

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White House Precision Medicine Initiative Recognizes Utah Contributions

The White House Precision Medicine Initiative aims to do no less than completely revolutionize health care by shifting disease prevention and treatment from a “one-size-fits-all” approach ...Read More

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Family Health Histories: We Know They're Valuable, So Why Don't we Collect Them?

Americans overwhelmingly believe that collecting family health histories is important, but only about 37 percent actively compile such information, according to a 2014 survey co-authored by Joshua Sch...Read More

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Don't Stop Debating the Merits of Government Funded Science

Dean Li, M.D., Ph.D., associate VP for research at University of Utah Health Sciences wrote an op-ed for the Deseret News making the case to back government funded science. Prominent Republicans are c...Read More

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University of Utah's Role in Angelina Jolie's Decision to Remove Her Ovaries

This morning in a New York Times op-ed piece, Angelina Jolie shared her experience undergoing a laparoscopic bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy due to her high genetic risk for ovarian cancer. Mutat...Read More

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Should We Be Able to Genetically Modify Humans?

Genetically modified plants and livestock are already a controversial reality. But what about genetically modifying humans? The technology could potentially eradicate certain diseases that run in fami...Read More

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History of Genetics in Utah

For the past 65 years, Utah families have served as a wellspring for genetic discovery...Read More

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Precision Medicine: A Moon Worth Shooting For

Mary Beckerle, Ph.D., CEO of the Huntsman Cancer Institute makes the case for Obama's precision medicine initiative in an op-ed pubished in the Salt Lake Tribune. "We choose to go to the moon in ...Read More

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New Insights Into Causes of ALS

In the wake of the ALS ice bucket challenge, scientists have made important progress on discovering causes of ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Patients with...Read More

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Genetic Science Powered by Family

Representing over 7.3 million people connected to 23 million records, including vital statistics and medical records, the Utah Population Database is a powerful resource for advancing precision medici...Read More

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Is The Precision Medicine Initiative A Good Investment?

Is the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative going revolutionize health care? Is it a good investment? What is it, exactly? Dr. Will Dere, director for the Program for Personalized Health at...Read More

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The Need For Speed

The USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery is expanding the UGP genome analysis pipeline to meet oncoming demands. It's expected that one million people will want their genome sequenced by 2016 to hasten ...Read More

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Knowing Medical Histories of Uncles, Great-Grandfathers Helps Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

A study led by Utah Genome Project investigator Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD, shows that looking at whether a man’s uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relative...Read More