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    Epigenetic changes and disease – what is the connection?

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Previous research has shown that there is a connection between epigenetic changes and some of our common illnesses. But what does this connection mean? A new study shows that external factors, such as lifestyle aspects, often affect both the epigenetic… [...]

    Scientist Joann Sweasy awarded Postdoctoral Mentoring Prize

    Original @ Science-technology & Health Sweasy, the Ensign Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and professor of genetics, is honored for her strong advocacy for those working in her lab. [...]

    Microscope invented at marine biological laboratory illuminates chromosomal ‘dark matter’

    Original @ Phys.org – latest science and technology news stories Using a microscope invented at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL), a collaborative team of biologists, instrument developers, and computational scientists has for the first time measured the density of a relatively inscrutable, highly condensed for… [...]

    Controversial Study Predicts What People Look Like From Their DNA

    Original @ Singularity Hub As the cost of sequencing DNA goes down more and more, people’s genome data is being collected for research and personalized medicine. This data is often anonymized by decoupling it from other identifying information, but a biotech company says its algorithms can use your genome to build a computer-generated image of your face. The claims […] [...]

    Household environment—not genetics—shapes salivary microbes

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered that the mix of microorganisms that inhabit a person’s saliva are largely determined by the human host’s household. The study, published this week in mBio, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, shows that early environmental influences play a far larger role than human genetics in shaping the salivary microbiome—the group of organisms that play a crucial role in oral and overall health. [...]

    Scientists construct first predictive model of inflammatory bowel disease

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sema4, and collaborating institutions today published results of an in-depth, multi-omics approach to characterizing the immune component of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These results prov… [...]

    Scientists construct first predictive model of inflammatory bowel disease

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sema4, and collaborating institutions today published results of an in-depth, multi-omics approach to characterizing the immune component of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). These results prov… [...]

    Researchers investigate genetics of suicide

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Even today, suicide is a taboo topic often discussed in whispers and swept to the shadows of society, despite it being the leading cause of death among youth in Utah and the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers at the University of Utah Health are collaborating with Janssen Research & Development to shed light on these understudied and tragic deaths. The research will attempt to identify genetic variations associated with an increased risk for suicide. [...]

    Researchers investigate genetics of suicide

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Even today, suicide is a taboo topic often discussed in whispers and swept to the shadows of society, despite it being the leading cause of death among youth in Utah and the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers at the University of Utah Health are collaborating with Janssen Research & Development to shed light on these understudied and tragic deaths. The research will attempt to identify genetic variations associated with an increased risk for suicide. [...]

    What role do genome variations play in tuberculosis?

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Tuberculosis is caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In 2016, this was the most common causative pathogen for death by infectious diseases. Therefore, investigating the biology of infection and disease development is important in the quest to end tube… [...]