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The Genetics of Epilepsy

In some diseases and disorders, genetic knowledge may be beneficial in related issues such as selection of optimal supportive care, informed medical decision-making, prognostic considerations, and avoidance of unnecessary testing. If you or a loved one have recently begun to show symptoms of epileptic seizures unrelated to trauma, it may be genetic. Continue reading “The Genetics of Epilepsy” »

Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics

Three UB Genome, Environment and Microbiome Community of Excellence projects have received funding to create new and innovative ways to educate and engage teachers as well as the public about genetics. Continue reading “Taking Strides to Educate Communities About Genetics” »

Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments

The year is now edging into that time where thousands of people begin to feel a little blue and just want to curl up under a blanket. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder and can be treated with a mild antidepressant until it subsides in the spring but what about those whose constant struggle with depression has them feeling like every treatment has let them down? Continue reading “Genetic Code Key to More Effective Depression Treatments” »

Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Did you know that up to 24% of women with ovarian cancer has inherited genetic mutations? September is ovarian cancer awareness month and October is breast cancer awareness month, so this is an important opportunity to discuss getting tested for an increased cancer risk could potentially get you life-saving treatment. Continue reading “Genetic Testing For Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer” »

DNA Robots Can Sort Molecules

In a study published in Science, researchers at the California Institute of Technology designed a group of DNA robots. They are called DNA robots not because they have “bodies”, “hands”, “arms”, and “feet,” but because they perform mechanical tasks at the nanometer scale. The robots’ current goal is to work together to find and collect fluorescent molecules. Continue reading “DNA Robots Can Sort Molecules” »

Can’t Beat the Test With Synthetic Urine Anymore

Are you applying for a new job and worried about the pre-employment drug testing? You may be thinking about trying your luck with a quick detox kit or trying to fool the lab with someone else’s or synthetic urine. You’ll probably want to think again. Continue reading “Can’t Beat the Test With Synthetic Urine Anymore” »

Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA

About two to three percent of the national population develops psoriatic disease, although scientists believe that at least 10 percent of the population inherit one or more genes that lead to the disease.  Continue reading “Psoriasis Keys Are Found in Your DNA” »

Researchers Make a Breakthrough Concerning Cancers Resistant to Treatment

Researchers from Monash University and the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC, New York) have discovered why some cancers, especially lung cancer and melanoma, are able to develop deadly resistances so quickly to targeted therapies. Continue reading “Researchers Make a Breakthrough Concerning Cancers Resistant to Treatment” »

Lab Screening & Confirmation: What’s the Difference?

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Don’t Get Fooled By a Fake Paternity Test

Last week, a woman living in Liverpool, England was jailed for a year for faking the results of a paternity test. Danielle Morris told her ex, Jamie Somers, that he was the father of her daughter.

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