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Using Computer Logic to Diagnose Rare Diseases

Apr 15, 2014

It’s impossible to treat a patient effectively without knowing what’s wrong. Published this month in the American Journal for Human Genetics, computational biologist Dr. Mark Yandell reports a novel method for diagnosing the toughest inherited diseases. Inspired by “Watson,” the computer ...

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U of U Scientists Discover Brain Region Responsible for Resisting Alcohol’s Allure

Mar 31, 2014

As regretful spring breakers are recovering from binge drinking escapades, it may be hard for them to appreciate that there is a positive side to the nausea, sleepiness, and stumbling. Dr. Sharif Taha, a professor of neurobiology and anatomy, discusses his work showing that there is a certain brain ...

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Innovation: Editing Out Disease

Mar 14, 2014

The National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award encourages bold, creative research that has the potential for high payoff. Dr. Ryan O’Connell, Assistant Professor in Pathology, is developing a way to cure certain diseases by editing the genomes of patients. He talks about the work that has ...

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Innovation: Visualizing the Cell’s Tiny Machines

Feb 28, 2014

What makes an innovator? Dr. Adam Frost, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, is a recipient of the National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award for high-risk, high-impact research. He describes the cutting edge techniques he uses to visualize with incredible clarity the tiny machines that work...

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Why Hasn’t Knowing Your DNA Sequence Become a Routine Part of Health Care?

Feb 7, 2014

It has become faster and cheaper than ever to sequence the human genome. So, why doesn't everyone know their genetic code and what it might tell them about their health? Dr. Gabor Marth, co-director of University of Utah's new Center for Genetic Discovery talks about the stumbling blocks that have ...

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Rethinking Breast Cancer Metastasis

Jan 31, 2014

Patients with the most aggressive forms of breast cancer die because the disease spreads to other organs, or becomes metastatic. Researcher Alana Welm, a professor at Huntsman Cancer Institute has discovered a new way by which breast cancer metastasis works, and how to stop it. She discusses her ...

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U of U Researchers Discover A Genetic Cause for Severe, Inflammatory Arthritis

Dec 16, 2013

University of Utah researchers have discovered a genetic variation in mice that predisposes them toward developing severe, inflammatory arthritis. The finding implicates a new class of genes in arthritis progression, potentially opening doors to new treatment options for sufferers of rheumatoid ...

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