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Unregulated Web Marketing of Genetic Tests for Personalized Cancer Care Raises Concerns in New Study

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Websites that market personalized cancer care services often overemphasize their purported benefits and downplay their limitations, and many sites offer genetic tests whose value for guiding cancer treatment has not been shown to be clinically useful, according to a new study from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Sun Damage Causes Genetic Changes That Predispose Children and Adolescents to Melanoma

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The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital—Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project found that melanoma in some adolescent and adult patients involves many of the same genetic alterations and would likely respond to the same therapy. The research appears in the March issue of the Journal of Investigational Dermatology.

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Strong Genetic Risk Factor for MS Discovered in Family of Five Affected Siblings

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Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a genetic variation that in women significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis. The variant occurs almost twice as often among women with MS as in women without the disease, making it "one of the strongest genetic risk factors for MS discovered to date,” said senior author Doug Feinstein, professor of anesthesiology at UIC and research biologist at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The report is published in the journal ASN NEURO.

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Genome Replication May Hold Clues to Cancer Evolution

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The more copies of a genome a cell holds, the more adaptable those cells are. This may have implications for cancer's evolution and adaptation.

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Genetic Data Can Help Predict How Pine Forests Will Cope with Climate Change

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Data from only a small number of gene variants can predict which maritime pine trees are most vulnerable to climate change, scientists report in the March issue of GENETICS. The results will improve computer models designed to forecast where forests will grow as the climate changes, and promises to help forestry managers decide where to focus reforestation efforts. The results will also guide the choice of tree stocks.

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Am I Normal? British Urology Journal Measures 15,000 Penises to Find the Average

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Penis size nomograms may be useful in clinical and therapeutic settings to counsel men and for academic research.

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New Genetic Syndrome Found, Arising From Errors in 'Master Switch' During Early Development

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Analyzing a puzzling multisystem disorder in three children, genetic experts have identified a new syndrome, dubbed CHOPS syndrome, shedding light on key biological processes during human development.

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Genetically Speaking, Mammals Are More Like Their Fathers

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A novel research study from the UNC School of Medicine shows that although mammals inherit equal amounts of genetic mutations from their parents – the mutations that make them unique and not some other person – they actually “use” more of the DNA that they inherited from their dads.

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Disease, Evolution, Neurology, and Drugs: Fruit Fly Research Continues to Teach Us About Human Biology

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Over 1,500 scientists from 30 countries and 46 states will attend next week's 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference organized by the Genetics Society of America (GSA), March 4–8 in Chicago, IL. The conference will feature close to 1,000 presentations (including 170 talks) describing cutting-edge research on genetics, developmental biology, cancer, stem cells, neurology, epigenetics, genetic disease, aging, immunity, behavior, drug discovery, and technology. It is the largest meeting in the world that brings together researchers who use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study biology.