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Gene editing technology may improve accuracy of predicting individuals’ heart disease risk

Scientists may now be able to predict whether carrying a specific genetic variant increases a person's risk for disease using gene editing and stem cell technologies, according to new research in the American Heart Association's journal Circulation. For the first time, the study demonstrates the unique potential of combining stem cell-based disease modeling (Induced pluripotent stem

June 21st, 2018|Categories: General News|Tags: , , |

Genetic testing improves blood thinner dosing

Blood thinners, or anticoagulants, are often prescribed to help prevent blood clots that can lead to pulmonary embolism, heart attack, and stroke. Though effective at preventing these clots, warfarin can cause life-threatening bleeds. Warfarin has led to more emergency room visits for older people over the last decade than any other medication. This is because

Liquid Biopsies: Too Soon for Cancer Detection

While the idea of using a drop of blood to detect an occult cancer is still elusive, use of so-called liquid biopsies for cancer screening is at least a little closer to reality with the development of a new high-intensity genomic sequencing approach outlined here at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2017 Annual

June 15th, 2017|Categories: Cancer|Tags: , , , |