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DNA Download: What You Learn With Genetic Testing

May 11, 2018

Genetic testing is booming - the market is expected to hit $20 billion by 2020. Here’s what to look for in DNA testing options, as well as what to do when you get your results.... Read more

Gum Disease and Cancer: What We Do and Don't Know

December 11, 2017

Gum disease has long been linked to heart disease. Now it is being reported that the condition can increase the risk of certain cancers – like cancers of the esophagus and the stomach. ... Read more

University of Utah Health Collaborates with Janssen Research & Development to Investigate the Genetics of Suicide

September 08, 2017

Researchers at the University of Utah Health and Janssen Research & Development, LLC have partnered to identify genetic variations associated with an increased risk for suicide. ... Read more

Researchers Propose New Approach to Identify Genetic Mutations in Men with Prostate Cancer

June 28, 2017

Scientists have had limited success at identifying specific inherited genes associated with prostate cancer. Researchers studied prostate cancer patients with multiple cancer diagnoses, many who would not be recommended for genetic tests following current guidelines, to identify genetic mutations that may influence cancer risk. ... Read more

Your Mother's Eyes and Your Father's High Cholesterol

March 21, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control says that if you have a family health history of a chronic disease like cancer, heart disease, diabetes, or osteoporosis, you are more likely to get that disease yourself. ... Read more

Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

February 23, 2017

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... 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

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

Miscarriage and Misconceptions

August 11, 2015

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

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