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Category: Genetics

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October 18, 2017

Should I Get Tested for the Cancer Gene?

Hereditary risks can be tested, giving you information and power to protect yourself—if you decide you want to know

Cancer, Genetics

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August 12, 2017

Thanks to a UNC research project, she can walk again

As UNC geneticist Jonathan Berg gears up to lead a $9.7-million renewal of the NCGENES project, we look at a story from the original study and how it changed the fortunes of a woman from Goldsboro, NC.

Gene Therapy, Genetics, Genome, News, Research, UNC Stories

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Aziz Sancar, MD, PhD

June 20, 2017

Where Cigarette Smoking’s Damage is Done . . . Down to Your DNA

A new technique from UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Nobel Prize winner Aziz Sancar reveals the genome-wide DNA damage that a major carcinogen causes.

Cancer, Genetics, Lung Cancer, Research, Tobacco

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McKay Fly Wing

May 25, 2017

In fruit fly and human genetics, timing is everything

UNC scientists show how DNA is accessed and used during the journey to maturation in fruit flies, and what this might mean to our understanding of how cancers arise.

Genetics, Research

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Researchers implicate genetic locus on chromosome 12

May 12, 2017

For anorexia nervosa, researchers implicate genetic locus on chromo...

UNC researchers led the most powerful genomic study of anorexia nervosa conducted to date to identify the common roots anorexia shares with psychiatric and metabolic traits. Cynthia Bulik, PhD, FAED, was the study's lead investigator.

Eating Disorders, Genetics

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Genetic changes in glioblastoma

May 4, 2017

Researchers map genetic changes in glioblastoma as it progresses, t...

In a pair of preclinical studies published in the journal Neuro-Oncology, researchers from UNC Lineberger and the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute report on the genetic evolution of glioblastoma as it progresses in severity and a potential strategy to treat this often fast-growing brain cancer type. Ryan C. Miller, MD, PhD, is the study's senior author.

Genetics, Research, Treatment

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Jenny Ting, PhD

April 26, 2017

Researchers find molecular trigger for brain inflammation

UNC School of Medicine research findings could lead to new drug targets for treating multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease.

Genetics, Neurology, Research

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Electron microscopy of large

March 23, 2017

The Mechanism of Mucus: UNC discovery could lead to better cystic f...

University of North Carolina scientists found that mucin proteins, which make mucus thick and sticky, fail to unfold properly in the airways of people with cystic fibrosis. And they found the lack of water in the lung can trigger the misfolding mucins.

Gastroenterology, Genetics, Research

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Cassandra Hayne

February 28, 2017

UNC research helps answer why genetic mutation leads to decreased t...

Doctoral student Cassandra Hayne, working with Saskia Naher, PhD, found that a specific mutated version of a lipoprotein binds more effectively to liver cells, thus explaining decreased levels of triglycerides in blood.

Genetics, Hematology, Research

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Green: NAc-projecting prefrontal cortex neurons become active during the presentation of a reward-predictive cue

February 22, 2017

Researchers uncover brain circuitry central to reward-seeking behavior

Published today in Nature, the discovery has major implications for the study of motivation, decision making, as well as addiction and other disorders.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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Chris Selby

February 7, 2017

How Life Survives: UNC researchers confirm basic mechanism of DNA r...

Findings come from an advanced DNA sequencing application developed by the lab of University of North Carolina Nobel Laureate Aziz Sancar.

Genetics, Research, Studies

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Garret Stuber

January 30, 2017

Scientists illuminate the neurons of social attraction

With a whiff of the opposite sex, these hormone-sensitive neurons trigger pro-social behavior in mice and could play roles in anxiety, depression, and other mood-related conditions in humans.

Genetics, Mental Health, Neurology

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