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A new role for zebrafish: larger scale gene function studies

Read more Bethesda, Md., Fri., June 5, 2015 - A relatively new method of targeting specific DNA sequences in zebrafish could dramatically accelerate the discovery of gene function and the identification of disease genes in humans, according to scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health. Read more


NIH researchers pilot predictive medicine in study of healthy people's DNA

Read more Bethesda, Md., Thurs., June 4, 2015 - A new NIH study has turned traditional genomics research on its head. Instead of trying to find a mutation in the genomic sequence of a person with a genetic disease, researchers sequenced the genomes of healthy participants and analyzed the data to find presumed mutations that would almost certainly lead to a genetic condition. Results were published today in the American Journal of Human Genetics. Read more

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Genomics holds promise of treatments for inherited blindness

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Millions of people worldwide suffer from diseases of the retina that cause partial or complete blindness. While there is no cure for retinal degenerative disease, there are several promising areas of research that aim to, at least, partially restore vision. May's Genome Advance of the Month focuses on two experimental therapeutic approaches - gene replacement therapy and optogenetics. Read more

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Last Updated: June 26, 2015