Genetics

The latest genetics news from UNC Health Care and the UNC School of Medicine.

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

Researchers pinpoint two genes that trigger severest form of ovarian cancer

UNC geneticists led by Terry Magnuson, PhD, and Ron Chandler, PhD, create the first mouse model of ovarian clear cell carcinoma; show how a known drug can suppress tumor growth.

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Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving birth may face greater risk

Women who experience postpartum depression symptoms before giving birth may face greater risk

Postpartum depression (PPD) may have a diverse clinical presentation and this has critical implications for diagnosis, treatment and understanding the underlying biology of the illness, a new study finds.

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Evans co-authors commentary in JAMA

Evans co-authors commentary in JAMA

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member Jim Evans, MD, PhD, Bryson Distinguished Professor of Genetics and Medicine and director of clinical cancer genetics, has co-authored a commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on proposed US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulation of genetic testing.

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UNC School of Medicine researchers elected AAAS fellows

UNC School of Medicine researchers elected AAAS fellows

The scientists join 65 UNC colleagues as fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines, treatments

Improved mouse model will accelerate research on potential Ebola vaccines, treatments

UNC researchers and colleagues are the first to develop a mouse model that more accurately reflects human disease symptoms; they found a single gene crucial for disease severity.

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The Geneticist

The Geneticist

With his selection to the NIH Council of Councils, Terry Magnuson, PhD, becomes the first UNC scientist appointed to the board dedicated to funding the biggest ideas in medical research.

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 Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

Largest cancer genetic analysis reveals new way of classifying cancer

The work, led by researchers at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill and other TCGA sites, revamps traditional ideas of how cancers are diagnosed and treated and could also have a profound impact on the future landscape of drug development.

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UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

UNC researchers pinpoint new role for enzyme in DNA repair, kidney cancer

The discovery, from the lab of Brian Strahl, PhD, offers insights for the creation of better, more targeted therapies for various forms of cancer.

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Scientists visit 8,400 North Carolina students

Scientists visit 8,400 North Carolina students

‘Science ambassadors’ deploy across the state for annual DNA Day celebration, inspiring students to break stereotypes, ask questions and dream big.

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UNC researchers link aging to cellular interactions that occur across generations

UNC researchers link aging to cellular interactions that occur across generations

Shawn Ahmed, PhD, shows that tweaking specific cellular mechanisms helps tiny worms overcome infertility through a pathway of cellular interactions that result in long life. The finding gives clues to how the molecular interactions in cells of one organism affect progeny many generations later.

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Finding the Switch: Researchers Create Roadmap for Gene Expression

Finding the Switch: Researchers Create Roadmap for Gene Expression

In a new study, researchers from North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and other institutions have taken the first steps toward creating a roadmap that may help scientists narrow down the genetic cause of numerous diseases.

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Solving Cancer’s Secrets

Solving Cancer’s Secrets

Five questions for Chuck Perou, PhD, a UNC geneticist on the hunt for better treatments for the most deadly form of breast cancer

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The Genetics of Drug Side Effects

The Genetics of Drug Side Effects

UNC School of Medicine's William Valdar and James Crowley lead a quest to discover the genetic underpinnings of drug side effects.

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Many rare mutations contribute to schizophrenia risk

Many rare mutations contribute to schizophrenia risk

Two new studies provide further evidence that schizophrenia arises from the combined effects of many genes. Dr. Patrick Sullivan of UNC is a co-author of one of the studies.

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Dr. Cynthia Bulik of UNC leads multinational anorexia genetics project

Dr. Cynthia Bulik of UNC leads multinational anorexia genetics project

The Anorexia Nervosa Genetics Initiative (ANGI) will collect DNA samples from more than 8,000 people with anorexia nervosa (AN) and those without an eating disorder in an effort to detect genes that contribute to this potentially life-threatening illness.

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The Gene Team

The Gene Team

UNC clinical geneticists Jonathan Berg and James Evans spearhead an ambitious project to catalog all genetic variations implicated in disease.

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