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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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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