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Tag: Genetics

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December 11, 2017

Expert Help for Patients at Risk of Kidney Cancer

UNC’s von Hippel-Lindau Comprehensive Clinical Care Center treats familial syndromes with predispositions of kidney cancer.

Cancer, Physicians

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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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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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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's Health, Genetics, Pediatric Medicine, Research

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January 18, 2017

Another molecular clue in the mysterious influence of microbiota in...

By focusing on small molecules called microRNAs in stem cells of the intestine, UNC School of Medicine researchers have proposed a new mechanism by which gut microbes might help keep us healthy or make us sick.

Gastroenterology, Research

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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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Charles M. Perou

October 6, 2016

Komen recognizes Charles Perou with the Brinker Award, its top scie...

Susan G. Komen announced UNC Lineberger researcher Charles M. Perou, PhD, as the recipient of this year's Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science for his contributions to the understanding of breast cancer as distinct molecular subtypes that have prognostic value using cutting-edge cancer genomics tools.


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Jason Whitmire

September 15, 2016

UNC researchers identify how hepatitis A virus causes liver injury

A new report in the journal Science describes how the virus can jump species, including to mice – a finding that has major implications for researching the disease and host immune responses to the virus. Jason Whitmire, PhD, and Stanley Lemon, MD, led the research team.


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September 1, 2016

Biology discovery: tight DNA packaging protects against ‘jumping ge...

UNC study indicates that the “heterochromatin” form of DNA packaging mainly guards against virus-like genetic elements that destroy genes and destabilize the genome, a precursor of disease.

Genetics, Research

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Melissa Troester

May 26, 2016

Researchers link gene expression patterns of normal tissue to breas...

In the journal npj Breast Cancer, researchers reported they identified a particular gene expression pattern in normal-appearing breast tissue around tumors that was linked to lower 10-year survival rates for women with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer.

Breast Cancer, Genetics, Research

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Norman Sharpless

May 3, 2016

New investigational compound shows promise against melanoma, lymphoma

Cancer patients with the EZH2 gene mutation could benefit from a new therapy UNC School of Medicine and UNC Lineberger researchers have now tested successfully in lab models.

Cancer, Studies, Treatment

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