With Summer and the promise of warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start putting away our winter coats and unpack our summer apparel. If you’re like me, you’re wondering if you still fit into last year’s summer outfits and, even more dreadful, if work is required to shed that unwanted winter weight. On […]Read more "Losing weight – do your genes play a role?"
I am often confounded by the realities of 2016. We have apps that can get you food in minutes, Star Wars films that look more realistic than ever before, and access to the endless expanse of human knowledge that is the World Wide Web. But of all the signals that have forced me to acknowledge […]Read more "We tried 23andMe’s genetic test, and there’s so much you can learn about yourself from a small vial of spit"
Every time a cell divides, there is a chance for a mutation (mistake) to occur in the DNA – the substance that carries genetic information in all living organisms. These mutations can lead to cancer. If all cells have a similar chance of developing cancer-causing mutations, then very large and long-lived animals with more cells […]Read more "Can the evolution of elephants show us how to treat, prevent cancer?"
New research suggests that salivary molecules hold potential as realistic diagnostic biomarkers in a bid to tackle Alzheimer’s disease.The study carried out by investigators at the Beaumont Research Institute and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, reveals that spit could potentially provide clues to the future of brain health. Currently, Alzheimer’s has no cure, […]Read more "Spit Could Provide Clues to Brain Health"
Dr. Colby’s vision can be summarized in three words – PREDICT, PREVENT, PREVAIL. If science can predict the diseases for which you and your loved ones are at increased risk, we can take action to try to prevent them even before they arise. And if we can prevent disease, we prevail. Genetic technology now makes […]Read more "Outsmart your genes"
Whole genome sequencing (WGS), which is the process of determining an organism’s complete DNA sequence, can be used to identify DNA anomalies that cause disease. Identifying disease-causing DNA abnormalities allows clinicians to better predict an effective course of treatment for the patient. Now, in a series of recent studies, scientists at the University of Missouri […]Read more "Rare feline genetic disorders identified through whole genome sequencing at MU"