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U Symposium on the Law, Ethics, and Science of Precision Medicine

November 18, 2016

On Dec. 1-2, national experts in genetics, medicine, law, big data and other will fields gather for Frontiers in Precision Medicine II: Cancer, Big Data and the Public, a unique precision medicine symposium at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. The symposium, sponsored by the U’s Colleges of Law, School of Medicine and Huntsman Cancer Institute, addresses topics in law, ethics, and science as precision medicine is gaining more attention nationwide from health care systems, practitioners, researchers, insurers and federal agencies. ... Read more

Drosophila Study Hints at Diet-Based Treatment for NGLY1 Deficiency

October 20, 2016

Researchers from the University of Utah studying Drosophila fruit flies have found that in flies, providing a common dietary supplement prevents death caused by Pngl deficiency, the fly analog of the human genetic disorder N-Glycanase 1 (NGLY1) deficiency. Findings were reported at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2016 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C. ... Read more

DNA Fest Highlights Utah Genetics, Precision Medicine

July 04, 2016

On July 9, the Natural History Museum of Utah will host a DNA Fest presented in part by Utah Genome Project and USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery investigators. With hands-on activities, families are invited to explore the genome and genetic traits, and learn what they are and how they are advancing medicine and technology today. ... Read more

UCEER Awarded $4 Million to Tackle Ethical, Legal and Social Impacts of Genomic Information

June 01, 2016

With $4 million in funding from the National Human Genome Research Institute, the University of Utah Center of Excellence in ELSI (Ethical, Legal, & Social Implications) Research (UCEER) will explore ethical, legal and social questions raised by advances in genomic research and the increasing availability of genomic information. ... Read more

Metagenomics Pathogen Detection Tool Could Change How Infectious Diseases Are Diagnosed

May 26, 2016

Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes. ... Read more

Within Six Families, a Path to Personalized Treatment for an Immune Disorder

March 16, 2016

By age 56, Roma Jean Ockler had endured 17 years of recurring infections and a life-threatening intestinal illness before finally receiving the right treatment for her condition. Her family’s genetic information was combined with that of five other families from across the world to classify a new immune disorder. The finding makes possible diagnosis at a young age so that doctors can intervene early and give the right treatment from the start.... Read more

Invaders in Your DNA

March 03, 2016

Not all of your DNA belongs to you. Some came from viral sources. Now, we know why. ... Read more

Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

March 03, 2016

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. A new study published in Science by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that evolution has repurposed some of these viral remains into weapons against its own kind. They find that bits of viral DNA embedded in our genome are regulating genes that are integral to our innate immune system.... Read more

Share Your Eye Diagnosis with Family

December 21, 2015

You could be giving them the gift of sight. ... Read more

When Cancer of Unknown Origin Strikes, Family Members Are At Increased Risk

December 17, 2015

Cancer usually begins in one location and then spreads, but in 3-5% of cancer patients, the tissue where a cancer began is unknown. In these individuals a cancer diagnosis is made because it has metastasized to other sites. Patients with these so-called “cancers of unknown primary,” or CUP, have a very poor prognosis, with a median survival of three months. A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Oncology finds that family members of CUP patients are at higher risk of developing CUP themselves, as well as cancers of the lung, pancreas, colon, and some cancers of the blood.... Read more

Tiny Fish Teach Big Lessons

December 02, 2015

BioEYES presents students with concepts in genetics, cell biology and developmental biology. It does something more important as well – it teaches kids how to pose and answer scientific questions in a fun and safe learning environment. They can see themselves as future scientists because they are acting as scientists now. ... Read more

Why Do So Many Children Born With Heart Defects Have Trouble in School?

August 23, 2015

As advances in medicine are giving rise to growing numbers of children who survive severe heart defects, it’s emerging that over half have behavioral problems and difficulty keeping up academically. The University of Utah School of Medicine was awarded $6.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to identify causes of these disabilities, focusing on a search for genetic lesions that affect both the heart and brain. The goal is to be able to predict patient outcomes from genetic data, so that health care providers can intervene early.... Read more

Miscarriage and Misconceptions

August 11, 2015

Miscarriage previously was the subject of whispered conversations. However, it may now be going mainstream. ... Read more

A Call for Caution Before Genetically Engineering Humans

March 19, 2015

A group of 18 leaders in the field of genomic engineering have written a perspective to be published in the journal Science Express on March 19, cautioning fellow scientists from going down this path too quickly. They call for a moratorium on genetically engineering changes in human DNA that would be passed to future generations. Before this can happen, they say, scientists, clinicians, and the general public must agree on the best ways to ensure the safety and efficacy of the technology. ... Read more

Rare Disease Day Organizers to Raise Awareness at Symposium and Statehouse Event

February 26, 2015

Not so rare: 1 in 10 Utahns is affected by a rare or undiagnosed disease. ... Read more

Making Genetics Understandable

January 28, 2015

Louisa Stark, the director of the Genetic Science Learning Center, has been awarded the Genetics Society of America’s Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. ... Read more

Louisa Stark Wins Award From the Genetics Society of America

January 23, 2015

The Genetics Society of America has named University of Utah Research Associate Professor Louisa A. Stark as the recipient of this year’s Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. ... Read more

Enjoy an "Evening with the Experts" Through February

February 12, 2014

Read a recap of the Feb. 5 discussion on street drugs, and see the schedule of presentations slated for each Wednesday in February.... Read more

New Information about Usher Syndrome

May 07, 2012

Jun Yang, PhD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine and researcher at the John. A. Moran Eye Center, is committed to studying the molecular mechanisms underlying hereditary retinal degeneration and hearing loss.... Read more