Genetics

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

Remembering Dr. Kathleen Rao

Kathleen Rao, PhD, was Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Research Professor of Genetics in the UNC School of Medicine; and Director of the Clinical Cytogenetics Laboratory in UNC Hospitals. She died March 24. A memorial service will be held Monday April 4 at 3:30 p.m. at University Presbyterian Church.

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Novel iPhone Study  to Investigate Genetic Risks of Postpartum Depression

Novel iPhone Study to Investigate Genetic Risks of Postpartum Depression

Genetics ResearchKit study invites women to provide DNA samples to help researchers analyze genomic signature of postpartum depression.

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UNC research challenges Darwin, shows how a gene cheats Mendel’s law of segregation

UNC research challenges Darwin, shows how a gene cheats Mendel’s law of segregation

Led by UNC School of Medicine’s Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena, PhD, a team of geneticists found how the gene R2d2 distorts cell division across generations to affect fertility.

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Terry Magnuson named vice chancellor for research at UNC

Terry Magnuson named vice chancellor for research at UNC

A renowned geneticist whose work spans disciplines will take the top research post at UNC-Chapel Hill

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Scientists elucidate genetic underpinnings of congenital heart disease

Scientists elucidate genetic underpinnings of congenital heart disease

Led by scientists at the UNC School of Medicine, the five-year multi-lab effort lays the groundwork for developing treatments.

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Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Study finds no link between subcortical brain volumes and genetic risk for schizophrenia

Proof-of-concept study provides roadmap for future research into possible associations between brain volume measures and known genetic risk factors.

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UNC/Duke Team Publish on Using CRISPR Technique on Adult Mammals

UNC/Duke Team Publish on Using CRISPR Technique on Adult Mammals

A team of investigators supported in part by a $50,000 CTSA-supported UNC /Duke Collaborative Pilot Program has published results of their research into using CRISPR to treat an adult mouse model of Duchenne muscular dystrophy using a virus to deliver the gene-editing system. This marks the first time that the CRISPR technique has successfully treated a genetic disease inside a fully developed living mammal with a strategy that has the potential to be translated to human therapy.

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Team Science for Turner Syndrome

Team Science for Turner Syndrome

With seed money from the NC TraCS Institute at UNC and a Translational Team Science Award from the UNC School of Medicine, UNC collaborators uncovered an epigenetic mechanism that could be the cause of painful chronic ear infections that plague people with chromosomal and genetic conditions.

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UNC team develops first-ever disease model of a rare liver cancer

A new study led by Lola Reid, PhD, professor, Cell Biology and Physiology, and Praveen Sethupathy, PhD, assistant professor, Genetics, has established the first-ever disease model for fibrolamellar carcinoma (FLC), a highly aggressive liver cancer that is increasing in frequency worldwide. Both Reid and Sethupathy are also Lineberger members.

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UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

UNC School of Medicine Names Inaugural Yang Family Biomedical Scholars

The award, made possible through a donation from Lenovo chairman and CEO Yuanqing Yang, recognizes the research achievements of young tenured faculty.

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Genomic analysis paves way for personalized treatment of invasive lobular carcinoma

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers helped lead an effort by The Cancer Genome Atlas Network of researchers to map the genetic drivers of invasive lobular carcinoma, the second most commonly diagnosed invasive form of breast cancer. They found that this cancer type may be at least three different diseases that differ in their microenvironmental features and outcomes.

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NC researchers awarded $5.3 million to develop novel gut-on-a-chip technology

NC researchers awarded $5.3 million to develop novel gut-on-a-chip technology

Scientists from the UNC / NC State joint biomedical engineering department are creating a new kind of research tool that will be nearly indistinguishable from the human gastrointestinal tract.

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UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger to partner in $12 million effort to find treatments for genetically-linked cancers

UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and eight other leading cancer research institutions have won a five-year, $12 million grant to try to find treatments for a group of cancers linked to mutations in the NF1 gene.

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UNC researchers earn prestigious Keck award for cell cycle map

The labs of Jean Cook, PhD, and Jeremy Purvis, PhD, will develop the first-ever interactive molecular model of a crucial cellular process that controls healthy growth and diseases such as cancer.

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A new era for genetic interpretation

A new era for genetic interpretation

UNC Lineberger researchers are collaborating through the ClinGen consortium to pinpoint disease-causing genetic variants.

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UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC Lineberger sequences 10,000 tumors as part of national cancer genomics effort

UNC sequenced the RNA for 10,000 tumor samples as part of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, a National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute backed effort to create a comprehensive atlas of the genetic changes in cancer.

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Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

Genetically speaking, mammals are more like their fathers

A first of its kind study shows that who we inherit genetic variants from – our mother or father – is crucial for the development of diseases and for research studies aimed at finding causes and potential treatments.

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Kelada recognized by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Kelada recognized by National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Samir Kelada, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Genetics, was one of six scientists across the nation to receive the Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award.

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Largest ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthen genetic links to obesity

Largest ever genome-wide study on body fat and BMI strengthen genetic links to obesity

UNC researchers led by Karen Mohlke, PhD, and Kari North, PhD, including a consortium of researchers, find 89 new genetic locations that will help scientists pinpoint genes that play roles in different obesity traits.

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