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Dr. Kate Rauen In The News by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Congratulations to our Medical Director, Dr. Kate Rauen, and her team of researchers. Their recent discovery of the genetic basis for cardio-facio-cutaneous (CFC) syndrome ... Read on »
Improving Diagnosis of Celiac Disease by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics In July, the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases ( NIDDK ) held a Celiac Disease Awareness Campaign to tell the public about this disease that ... Read on »
And they’re off! The Genomic X Prize by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics The race is on: $10 million to the first team that develops the technology to sequence 100 genomes in 10 days. Today the X Prize Foundation announced the $10M award, wh ... Read on »
Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Genetic Discovery by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Andrew Z. Fire of Stanford and Craig C. Mello of the University of Massachusettes Medical School wree awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine today. They discovered a process ... Read on »
What We’re Talking About This Week by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics New Theory About Inheritance Called Into Question. Researchers at UCLA say they are unable to repeat the results of experiments that were thought to reveal a form of inher ... Read on »
Sickle Cell Anemia: Carriers Get Protection by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Have you ever wondered why harmful genetic mutations remain in the gene pool? A mutation in the beta-globin gene provides an example of how a genetic mutation can both he ... Read on »
DNA Direct Featured in Business 2.0 by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics October’s issue of Business 2.0 is titled “The Next Disruptors: Meet 11 Companies Whose Breakthroughs Will Change Everything.” We are the first health company profiled, in ... Read on »
Hereditary Ovarian & Breast Cancer by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Yesterday in San Francisco, thousands of people turned out for the Race for the Cure, a fundraising event put on by the Susan G. Koman Foundation for breast cancer awarene ... Read on »
It’s Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Ovarian cancer awareness month has begun with good news at the intersection of cancer and genetic research. In the August issue of Oncogene, one of the world’s leading can ... Read on »
Tamoxifen, 2D6 and How Doctors Get Their News by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Since DNA Direct first began offering CYP2D6 testing for tamoxifen efficacy last month, we’ve had calls from women asking, “how come my doctor didn’t recommend this?” and ... Read on »
What We’re Talking About This Week by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Copy Number Variation in Our Genome. Over at Evolgen, RPM explains “recent work indicates that there’s also quite a bit of variation amongst individuals in the actual cont ... Read on »
Gene Therapy for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Is Promising by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics In October, I posted about how rescue workers from the World Trade Center were being diagnosed with Alpha-1, an inherited lung and liver disease that is suspected to be mu ... Read on »
Tay-Sachs Disease: Beyond Prevention and Toward Treatment by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics In an earlier post, I talked about Ashkenazi Jewish diseases in general. Now let’s turn to one disease in particular, Tay-Sachs, which is a disease that sadly claims the l ... Read on »
Chocolate: What Can’t It Do? by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Yet more good news for those of us who love chocolate. Add to the list of wonderful things that moderate doses of dark chocolate can do…make your blood less “sticky,” much ... Read on »
FDA Update: Tamoxifen & 2D6 Testing by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics The only recent coverage I’ve seen so far about the FDA’s relabeling of tamoxifen on is from the PGx Reporter, which is subscription-only. Here’s their public excerpt: ... Read on »
Warfarin Sensitivity DNA Test Launches by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Have you had a blood clot or DVT? If so, chances are you’ve been on warfarin (brand name: Coumadin). Warfarin, a blood-thinner, is the most commonly prescribed drug for p ... Read on »
You Saw It Here First… by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Yes indeed, colorful and humorous gene names are getting new, respectable monikers. I can’t believe we blogged about it before the New York Times covered it. Sure, it was ... Read on »
What We’re Talking About This Week by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Get Your Genes On! Who’s watching the new TV show, Heroes? According to a local journalist, it reflects a cultural meme that sweeping the nation. From X-Men to ancestry DN ... Read on »
One Woman’s Choice: Breast Cancer BRCA Testing by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics If you or someone you love is considering genetic testing for breast cancer, you must read Aliyah Baruchin’s article, “ In Breast Cancer, There Is a Single Agenda: Stay Al ... Read on »
National Geographic on “Personalized Medicine” by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics I just returned from vacation to find a great article in National Geographic about how genomics is - and will increasingly - affect the practice of medicine: Personalized ... Read on »