Science Multipart Series on Consumer Genetic Testing

Science Multipart Series on Consumer Genetic Testing

This multipart series available from Science News offers helpful information for those of you who ever wondered if genetic testing was for you. The articles include: a 411 on consumer testing; what tests tell you about health; privacy issues; ancestry options; finding family; and several other valuable topics.

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Want to know more about Genetics?

Want to know more about Genetics?

The Genetics Home Reference offers easy-to-read summaries of about 1,200 genetic conditions, more than 1,450 genes, all of the human chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. New and updated summaries are added regularly. The Genetics Home Reference also strives to provide topical information. See recently added entries to the educational primer, Help Me Understand Genetics, discuss Neanderthal DNA, genome editing, and newborn genomic screening.

ALL of US Program Launched May 6, 2018

ALL of US Program Launched May 6, 2018

Dr Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), describes the All of Us Program in a recent blog. You can choose to be a participant in this research resource of data and biological samples. You can consent to contribute online health data, complete health surveys, and provide electronic health records. In the future physical measurements, blood and urine samples may be requested. If you enroll, you will be an active partner and get your information back which may help you learn more about your health. The Director’s blog also lists video links to information that may help you decide if you want to be one of the million volunteers to help speed medical discoveries.

DNA Day April 25, 2018

DNA Day April 25, 2018

NHGRI notes, whether you realize it or not, many parts of our daily lives are influenced by genomic information and genomic technologies. Genomics now provides a powerful lens for use in various areas - from medical decisions, to food safety, to ancestry. See the video that describes the celebration and review the 15 ways that genomics has and will continue to transform our world.

Human Genome Editing

Human Genome Editing

Genome editing is a tool used in the laboratory setting to make changes to a organism's genetic material. A recent report from the National Academies of Sciences provides a review of the advances in this technology and offers recommendations for safe use of genome editing to improve human health. Yesterday a new Nature publication about the first human embryo gene editing in the US at OHSU stimulates discussion and controversy about the potential risks for future generations.

New Pediatric Clinical Trial Testing Targeted Drugs for Childhood Cancers

New Pediatric Clinical Trial Testing Targeted Drugs for Childhood Cancers

This targeted treatment study is for children and adolescents (ages 1 to 21) with solid tumors no longer responding to standard treatment or have recurred after treatment. The study matches patients with therapies aimed at molecular abnormalities in their tumors. Enrollment is available at children’s hospitals, university medical centers, and cancer centers across the US that are part of the Children's Oncology Group.

 

Ever wonder why it's so hard to keep that weight off as we age?

Ever wonder why it's so hard to keep that weight off as we age?

NIH Researcher has identified a muscle enzyme in mice, called DNA-PK that increases with age, slowing down the body's metabolism.  This increase may lead directly to weight gain.  Wouldn't it be great to have a magic pill that along with exercise and healthy diet helped us maintain that slim figure?  

 

Legislation proposed that will allow employers to ask about employees’ private genetic information or medical information

Legislation proposed that will allow employers to ask about employees’ private genetic information or medical information

Newly proposed U.S. Legislation threatens to weaken protections provided through the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008.  Preserve the nondiscrimination protections afforded to all Americans by GINA and the ADA by opposing The Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, H.R.1313 . 

 

New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity in People of African Descent.

New Gene Variant Linked to Obesity in People of African Descent.

Obesity is a global health problem, contributing to premature death and morbidity by increasing a person's risk of developing diabetes, hypertension, heart disease and some cancers. While obesity mostly results from lifestyle and cultural factors, including excess calorie intake and inadequate levels of physical activity, it has a strong genomic component (NHGRI, 2017)

What is a Chimera?

What is a Chimera?

In Greek mythology, the Chimera was an awesome fire-breathing monster visualized with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent. Today, a medical definition of chimera refers to the possibility to create human-animal chimeras for human organ transplant.

Why aren't high risk patients with breast cancer getting genetic testing?

Why aren't high risk patients with breast cancer getting genetic testing?

Genetic testing can be a powerful tool for both men and women with breast cancer. This tool can also help identify other family members at risk for disease. But many are not learning about this as an option in their care.

Achieving universal cancer care requires precision and personalized medicine

Achieving universal cancer care requires precision and personalized medicine

In a recent blog, the author emphasizes how important it is that patients “understand the basics of precision and personalized medicine and feel empowered to make decisions regarding how their data will be used for themselves and to save the lives of others.”