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An Autism-Like Developmental Disorder: Rett Syndrome by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Most people haven’t heard of Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects primarily girls. The disease is unfamiliar because it was only in 1983 that Rett sy ... Read on »
Warfarin DNA Test in the News by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics The Washington Post has an unusually lengthly article on DNA testing to determine warfarin dosing. Recently, I blogged about the launch of this testing: “ Warfarin Sensiti ... Read on »
Media Buzz: Access to Genetic Testing by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Happy new year, everyone! I just returned from an unusually exciting break (more on that in later posts) to find that genetic testing is the cover story of this week’s US ... Read on »
The Top 6 Genetic Stories of 2006 by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics I’d say that this year’s stories ran the spectrum from “what’s in our genome?” to “what does it say about us?” to “what should we do with that information?” Yes, here’s sc ... Read on »
DNA Diets? We Shall Soon See by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Nutrigenomics - the study of how your genes and your diet interact to affect your health - has gained a lot of attention this year as a result of the promise it holds, and ... Read on »
Colonoscopies vs. Stool DNA Tests for Colon Cancer Screening by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics If you’re 50 years old or older, you’ve been told “Time to get a colonoscopy.” But have you done it? Not exactly the birthday present you’d like, eh? Everyone should do ... Read on »
BRCA Mutations and Risk for Other Cancers by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics In the December 6th issue of Journal of the National Cancer Institute, researchers report that BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations are more common than has been generally thought, a ... Read on »
Huntington’s Disease: New Research May Uncover Cause by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a protein interaction that may explain how the deadly Huntington’s disease affects the brain. The findings…show how the mutate ... Read on »
“Will Insurance Cover My Genetic Test?” by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics “Will insurance cover my genetic test?” is one of the most popular - perhaps the most popular - question we get at DNA Direct. For some genetic tests, the answer is pretty ... Read on »
Newsweek Talks About Genetic Testing by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Are you generally curious about genetic testing? I highly recommend reading “ Peering Into the Future “, which ran in the latest issue of Newsweek. Genetic testing is ... Read on »
Mendel’s Garden #11 by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics “We love genetics…We love genetics not…” Hsien Lei at Genetics & Health asks in this month’s Mendel’s Garden round-up of genetics bloggers. And guess what? We love genetic ... Read on »
Does APOE Increase Risk for Cerebral Palsy? by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics That fascinating gene, APOE (for apolipoprotein E), is back in the news again. You’ve probably heard of APOE as an indicator for Alzheimers disease or cardiac disease. (Ar ... Read on »
Gaucher Disease Discovery in the News by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics The News section of today’s JAMA reports on exciting new research that may lead to more effective treatment of Gaucher disease. (How odd that I just posted on this rarely ... Read on »
Most Common Jewish Genetic Disease: Gaucher Disease by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Here are fast facts about Gaucher Disease, the most common genetic condition in Ashkenazi Jewish people. 1 in every 18 Ashkenazi Jews is a carrier for Gaucher disease ... Read on »
Jewish Genetic Diseases: Inheritance Patterns by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Last fall I posted on Ashkenazi Jewish genetic diseases, a number of inherited diseases that occur primarily in people of AJ descent (as a result of the “ founder effect “ ... Read on »
The Week of Science Challenge by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Welcome to A Week of Science, brought to you by Just Science and a bevy of scientists and science writers who blog. Tired of reading about culture wars, politics, social c ... Read on »
IBM Calls on Congress to Pass GINA by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics Do I have a bee in my bonnet about the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act? Perhaps. But so does IBM. Did you know that in 2005 IBM became the first major corpo ... Read on »
Pharmacogenetics and the Great Melting Pot by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics When I was in grade school in the 1970s we celebrated the bicentennial of the United States. In my memory, it was the biggest, longest birthday party ever. A big theme in ... Read on »
Mendel’s Garden #10 by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics I’m a bit late to the dance, but the latest edition of Mendel’s Garden is up at Neurotopia v2.0. Next month the carnival will be held over at Hsien’s Genetics & Health blo ... Read on »
New Genes Continue to Be Discovered by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Genetics How long do you think we will continue open our papers or turn on our radios and learn about a new gene that has been discovered — years, decades or generations? Chin ... Read on »