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Category: Genetics

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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Photo by Max Englund/UNC Health Care

January 25, 2017

Collaboration offers genetic testing for NC newborns

A new NIH-funded consortium in North Carolina will offer Early Check, a free newborn screening done in partnership with the N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health, UNC, Duke University, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Babies, Children, Genetics, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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Illustration by Christ-claude Mowandza-ndinga

January 17, 2017

Are you ready to explore baby’s genome?

UNC clinical geneticists are part of a national consortium of researchers studying the ins and outs of genome sequencing for newborn health screenings and beyond.

Babies, Genetics, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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UNC Chapel

January 5, 2017

Optogenetics Breakthrough: UNC scientists expand the use of light t...

The new research technique, developed by researchers at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has the potential to illuminate the roles of previously inaccessible proteins important for health and disease.

Eye Health, Genetics, Research, Technology, Treatment

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Illustration of DNA helixes with damage.

December 14, 2016

Genetic alterations more common in tumors of older patients with me...

In preliminary findings presented at the 2016 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, researchers showed that older patients were as likely as younger patients to receive targeted therapy and enroll in therapeutic trials based on their sequencing results.

Breast Cancer, Genetics, Research, Seniors

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Kenneth Ataga

December 5, 2016

New investigational compound dramatically reduces sickle cell pain ...

The drug, called SelG1, also reduced the frequency of pain crises in people with sickle cell disease and reduced the number of days they spent in the hospital.

Genetics, Research

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November 16, 2016

It’s how you splice it: scientists discover possible origin of musc...

The basic biological process called alternative splicing proves vital in making sure important muscle cell proteins switch from their fetal forms to their adult forms. Not doing so could lead to muscle defects and disorders.

Cardiology, Genetics, Vascular Health

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James Faber

November 4, 2016

UNC scientists identify “collateral vessel” gene that protects agai...

Variants of the human version of the gene may help explain why people differ so much in their ability to survive artery blockages.

Genetics, Innovation, Stroke

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Damaged chromosomes in Atr-mutant progenitors.

November 1, 2016

Could targeting a gene linked to microcephaly lead to a better brai...

UNC Lineberger researchers led by Dr. Timothy R. Gershon report preclinical findings showing promise for targeting a gene linked to microcephaly in infants as a treatment for medulloblastoma.

Brain Cancer, Genetics, Neurology, Treatment

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Nikolay Dokholyan

October 14, 2016

New ALS discovery: scientists reverse protein clumping involved in ...

By countering the tendency of the protein SOD1 to clump in motor neurons, researchers at the UNC School of Medicine find a way to protect neurons from toxic effects in lab experiments.

Genetics, Treatment

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Illustration of two human figures with gears showing the machinery of the body concept

October 14, 2016

Researchers find two distinct genetic subtypes in Crohn’s disease p...

The UNC School of Medicine discovery could lead to more effective, personalized treatments for the debilitating gastrointestinal condition.

Genetics, Research

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