Genetics

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

Berg quoted in NY Times, WRAL Tech Wire on genetic screening

Berg quoted in NY Times, WRAL Tech Wire on genetic screening

As genetic testing increases in popularity, experts such as Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, question the usefulness of screening disease risks for the general public until further research establishes best practices.

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Valdar earns MIRA award from NIH for gene mapping

Valdar earns MIRA award from NIH for gene mapping

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences awarded Will Valdar, PhD, $2.95 million over five years to investigate the architecture of complex traits using the Collaborative Cross housed at UNC-Chapel Hill.

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 UNC Lineberger researchers help map the cancer genome, generate key insights

UNC Lineberger researchers help map the cancer genome, generate key insights

UNC Lineberger researchers led two major projects to mark the finale of The Cancer Genome Atlas project, which was backed by the National Cancer Institute and National Human Genome Research Institute.

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ASH Announces Partnership with UNC to Curate Genomic Data for Blood Disease Research

ASH Announces Partnership with UNC to Curate Genomic Data for Blood Disease Research

In partnership with UNC School of Medicine researchers led by Jonathan Berg, MD, PhD, the American Society of Hematology is supporting two expert review panels that will analyze the clinical significance of variants and mutations understood to be associated with myeloid malignancies and platelet disorders with the goal of aiding in their interpretation on diagnostic genetic tests.

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To halt breast cancer’s spread, scientists block amino acid found in asparagus

To halt breast cancer’s spread, scientists block amino acid found in asparagus

UNC Lineberger researchers Charles M. Perou, PhD, and Lisa A. Carey, MD, were part of a preclinical study led out of the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute that found that blocking the production of asparagine with a drug called L-asparaginase in mice with aggressive triple negative breast tumors, and putting them on a low-asparagine diet, reduced the breast tumor’s ability to spread.

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UNC Researcher Helps Find Solutions for Childcare Conundrum at Academic Conferences

UNC Researcher Helps Find Solutions for Childcare Conundrum at Academic Conferences

Paola Giusti-Rodriguez, PhD, is one of 40 scientists that contributed to a paper outlining the difficulties parents encounter when attending conferences. They offer solutions that could quickly improve attendance and involvement of mothers at these events.

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UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

UNC SOM lands 16 departments in top 25 for NIH funding

The UNC School of Medicine ranks 16th overall in NIH funding; 6th among public universities. The department of cell biology and physiology is the highest ranked at 2nd overall.

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Scientists map molecular mechanisms crucial for new approach to heart disease therapy

Scientists map molecular mechanisms crucial for new approach to heart disease therapy

Scientists led by UNC McAllister Heart Institute researcher Frank Conlon, PhD, reveal detailed molecular events underlying the transformation of ordinary fibroblast cells into therapeutic cardiac muscle cells.

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UNC School of Medicine departments rank high on “Best Global Universities” list

UNC School of Medicine departments rank high on “Best Global Universities” list

In the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings, pharmacology and toxicology were lumped into one category and ranked first among public universities. Among all universities around the globe, UNC pharmacology/toxicology ranked second behind Harvard.

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Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

Gene therapy researchers find viral barcode to cross the blood-brain barrier

UNC School of Medicine scientists led by Aravind Asokan, PhD, reveal how certain gene-carrying AAV vectors can penetrate the brain more efficiently to treat brain and spinal cord conditions, while reducing liver payload.

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Pardo Manuel de Villena named Chair of Department of Genetics

Pardo Manuel de Villena named Chair of Department of Genetics

Fernando Pardo Manuel de Villena, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Genetics. He will officially begin in his new role on March 1, subject to confirmation by the necessary UNC system entities. Pardo Manuel de Villena has served as Interim Chair since July of 2016.

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Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Bulik awarded Distinguished Investigator Grant by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Cynthia M. Bulik, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Eating Disorders and Founding Director of the UNC Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, is one of 17 scientists awarded a Distinguished Investigator Grant from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Bulik's project, Binge Eating Disorder Genetics Initiative (BEGIN), will focus on the genetics of binge eating disorders.

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UNC School of Medicine to Launch Computational Medicine Program

UNC School of Medicine to Launch Computational Medicine Program

Led by Timothy Elston, PhD, and Chuck Perou, PhD, the university-wide program aims to advance personalized medicine for patients.

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UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

UNC Scientists Discover Proteins Keeping Stem Cells in their Undifferentiated State

The lab of Jean Cook, PhD, found how a chain of proteins called an MCM complex could enable the fast cell-division that makes some forms of cancer so dangerous.

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Pairing cancer genomics with cognitive computing highlights potential therapeutic options

Pairing cancer genomics with cognitive computing highlights potential therapeutic options

Study findings suggest that cognitive computing could help physicians to stay abreast of an ever-expanding body of scientific literature as well as highlight potential cancer therapeutic options. UNC Lineberger's William Kim, MD, is the study's corresponding author.

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Magnuson elected vice-president and future president of Genetics Society of America

Magnuson elected vice-president and future president of Genetics Society of America

Terry Magnuson, PhD, Sarah Graham Kenan Professor in the Department of Genetics and Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been elected 2018 vice president and 2019 president of the Genetics Society of America. Magnuson has previously served GSA as a member of the Board of Directors and as both an Associate and Senior Editor of the GSA journal GENETICS

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Gut bacteria bolster disease research in labs

Gut bacteria bolster disease research in labs

In the journal Cell, researchers at UNC, NIH, and Baylor show how gut bacteria from wild mice is likely very important for the accurate modeling of human diseases in the lab.

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Timing could matter to how responsive cancer cells are to treatment, study suggests

Timing could matter to how responsive cancer cells are to treatment, study suggests

In a new study published in Cell Systems, UNC Lineberger's Jeremy Purvis, PhD, and colleagues report that the timing of when DNA damage occurs within these different checkpoints matters to a cell’s fate.

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Powell appointed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

Powell appointed to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children

Cynthia Powell, MD, professor of pediatrics and genetics, has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Advisory Committee on Heritable Disorders in Newborns and Children.

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