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CRISPR Used to Repair Blindness-causing Genetic Defect in Patient-derived Stem Cells

A potential precision medicine approach for treating vision loss January 27, 2016 Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and University of Iowa scientists have used a new gene-editing technology called CRISPR to repair a genetic mutation responsible for retinitis pigmentosa (RP), an inherited condition that causes the retina to degrade and leads to blindness in at

Biogen, ALS Association, and Columbia University Med Center to Explore ALS Genetics

Source: © iceteastock/Fotolia.com Aug. 18, 2015 - Biogen, the ALS Association, and Columbia UniversityMedical Center (CUMC) agreed to collaborate to better understand the differences and commonalities in the ALS disease process and how genes influence the clinical features of the disease. The project, “Genomic Translation for ALS Clinical care” (GTAC), will involve a combination of next-generation

NIH joins public-private partnership to fund research on autism biomarkers

Biomarkers Consortium project to improve tools for measuring and treating social impairment in children with autism July 20, 2015 Government, non-profit and other private partners will fund a multi-year project to develop and improve clinical research tools for studying autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The project will receive a total of $28 million over the next

IBM Starts New Precision Medicine Program

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 9:14am Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor, Bioscience Technology A Jan. 13, 2011 file photo provided by IBM shows the IBM computer system known as Watson, at IBM's T.J. Watson research center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y. A partnership between IBM and seven of the country’s top computer science universities, which was set to be

Different Cancers Can Share Genetic Signatures

National Institutes of Health, by Dr. Francis Collins ~ October 22, 2013 Cancer is a disease of the genome. It arises when genes involved in promoting or suppressing cell growth sustain mutations that disturb the normal stop and go signals. There are more than 100 different types of cancer, most of which derive their names