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Bam.iobio: An interactive, real-time, sequence alignment inspector app

Bam.iobio is the first app of its kind that allows scientists to analyze genome sequence data on their web browser, interactively, and in real-time, without having to rely on terabytes of storage and ...Read More

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Grappling With Next-Generation Ethics

Pioneering discoveries in the world of genomics brings with it the challenge of solving problems we never could have imagined. In the process of discovering a genetic cause for atrial fibrillation (AF...Read More

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Former Amgen SVP Brings Industry Savvy to Personalized Health

Willard H. Dere, M.D., brings 25 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical industry to his role as executive director of the Program in Personalized Health at the University of Utah, which began No...Read More

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Powered by UGP Software, Omicia is Finalist for 100,000 Genomes Project

California-based Omicia, Inc. has been selected by Genomics England as a top ten finalist for the 100,000 Genomes Project. Omicia's software platform, Opal, provides user-friendly researcher and clini...Read More

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Pituitary Tumors Signal Risks for Other Cancers in Extended Families

People who develop tumors in their pituitary gland have a significantly higher risk for other, unrelated types of cancer—and so do their relatives, a new study using records from the Utah Popula...Read More

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Should Every Woman Undergo Genetic Testing for Breast Cancer?

Women who inherit certain mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 are at high risk for developing breast or ovarian cancer at a young age. So why don’t all women undergo genetic testing to see if...Read More

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Nature Spotlights Utah Genome Project Disease Discovery Tools

Every clinical geneticist has encountered a patient, often a child, with a constellation of symptoms that confound the most seasoned of specialists. Genetic sequencing carries promise for families who...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 the Utah Genome Project. Watch the video to learn more....Read More

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Toward Preventing Spontaneous Preterm Birth

Preterm infants, born at less than 37 weeks gestation, account for more than 70% of neonatal deaths in the United States. Survivors are at an increased risk for serious complications, including cerebr...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 to...Read More

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Top Computational Biologists Hack Disease Discovery Tool

A child is born in a hospital and has a life-threatening illness that appears to be genetic in nature, but none of the attending physicians can figure out what it is. With a software tool called the V...Read More

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pVAAST Finds Disease-Causing Variants that Run in Families

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

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Software Identifies Disease-Causing Gene Mutations in Three Children

How can a patient hope to receive appropriate treatment if no one knows what’s wrong? Utah Genome Project investigator Mark Yandell, Ph.D., has developed a software tool, called Phevor, that ide...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? "In the research domain we can...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

For the past 25 years, computational biologist Mark Yandell, Ph.D., has been intrigued by DNA, and the code embedded within it.“What fascinates me is the idea that we can compute on a DNA sequen...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