Familial Hypercholesterolemia – The Story of Genetics, ‘Bad’ Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Danny Jones was a professional rugby player. One day in the middle of a game, he died from sudden cardiac arrest, at the age of 29. Layton Cooper was a businessman. He wasn’t overweight,...

FMR1, the Gene Responsible for Fragile X Syndrome

The first time that you hear your baby cry, thousands of emotions flood your brain but the wait is finally over and he’s finally here. You thank your lucky stars that he is healthy...

Taking Control of Your Cholesterol – APOE and Cardiovascular Disease

At your annual exam two months ago, your cholesterol levels were through the roof. Your doctor was worried that you may be at high risk for a heart attack. You try a low-fat diet...

Taking Aspirin to Lower Cancer Risk – When Your Genes Might Defy You

When Felix Hoffman, a German chemist working for Bayer, wanted to develop his new drug aspirin in 1897, he was promptly ignored. He was told his drug had an “enfeebling” effect on the heart,...

More Reliable DNA Barcodes

A new method for designing DNA barcodes better suited for large-scale sequencing studies could revolutionize biomedical research. DNA sequencing technologies have come a long way, since the first draft of the human genome was published...

Alpha Thalassemia is a Common Inherited Blood Disorder

When Phileas Fogg made his first trip around the world in 1873, it took him 80 days. In 2015, it only takes 27 hours to travel almost 11,000 km, to get from Narita all...
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Curing Alzheimer’s

The latest experimental drug BAN2401 likely won’t be the next miracle Alzheimer’s drug. When Biogen and Eisai presented the results of their Phase II clinical trial for BAN2401 at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference...

Genetic Testing to Assist in the Correct Dosing of Warfarin

It’s flu season. You bring it home and spend the weekend in bed. With painkillers every six hours, an extra dose of ‘Neocitran’ at night and copious amounts of ginger and lemon tea you...

The “Viking Hypothesis” – Genetic Ties to Hereditary Hemochromatosis

Hereditary hemochromatosis is a deadly but treatable disease, found predominantly in individuals of European descent. The gene mutation most commonly associated with hemochromatosis is the C282Y mutation in the HFE gene. Almost 85 to...

Preventing Jewish Genetic Diseases Through Carrier Testing

When Eden Gold was born, she was a perfect, healthy baby girl. By the time she was 9 months, Caroline, her mom, knew something was wrong with Eden. A visit to the neurologist revealed...

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