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New Genetic Link Found for Alcohol-Related Liver Cirrhosis

In most people, any liver damage that might occur from drinking alcohol is reversible. However, in 25 to 30 percent of alcoholics what begins as accumulation of fat in the liver progresses to inflammation, fibrosis and ultimately irreversible cirrhosis, for which the only treatment is a liver transplant. A new study indicates that specific gene mutations might predispose some people to irreversible liver cirrhosis.

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Integrative Approaches Key to Understanding Cancer and Developing Therapies, Say Moffitt Cancer Center Scientists

Moffitt Cancer Center researchers are using integrative approaches to study cancer by combining mathematical and computational modeling with experimental and clinical data. The use of integrative approaches enables scientists to study and model cancer progression in a manner that conventional experimental systems are unable to do.

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In Cancer Fight, Angelina Jolie Makes Case for Fluidity in Feminine Ideal

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Big Data Allows Computer Engineers to Find Genetic Clues in Humans

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Computer scientists at Washington University in St. Louis tackled some big data about an important protein and discovered its connection in human history as well as clues about its role in complex neurological diseases.

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Researchers Master Gene Editing Technique in Mosquito That Transmits Deadly Diseases

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Rockefeller University researchers have successfully harnessed a technique, CRISPR-Cas9 editing, to use in an important and understudied species, the mosquito Aedes aegypti, which infects hundreds of millions of people annually with the deadly diseases chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever.

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Genetic Mutation Helps Explain Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital even while their family and friends recover easily. New research from Rockefeller University helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation that prevents the production of a critical protein, interferon, that is needed to fight off the virus.

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Latest Jolie Pitt Announcement Broadens Conversation on Cancer Prevention Options

Dr. Henry Lynch, chair of preventive medicine at Creighton University and the discoverer of a syndrome related to linkages between breast and ovarian cancers, weighs in on the pre-emptive surgery option taken by Angelina Jolie Pitt.

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New Autism-Causing Genetic Variant Identified

Using a novel approach that homes in on rare families severely affected by autism, a Johns Hopkins-led team of researchers has identified a new genetic cause of the disease. The rare genetic variant offers important insights into the root causes of autism, the researchers say. And, they suggest, their unconventional method can be used to identify other genetic causes of autism and other complex genetic conditions.

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Like Angelina Jolie, Study Pinpoints Genetic Cause of Increased Leukemia Risk

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A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published today in the journal Nature Genetics describes a newly-discovered, heritable genetic cause of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), namely mutation of the gene ETV6.

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New Insights Into Little Known but Common Birth Defect: Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Although many genetic mutations have been linked to CDH, a new study from the University of Utah School of Medicine is the first to demonstrate a linkage between genetic variation and a physiological mechanism that gives rise to defects in the diaphragm. The research points to a crucial role for connective tissue in CDH, and in guiding normal development of the diaphragm. These findings will be published March 25, 2015, in Nature Genetics.