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Entries for June 2014

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Doctors at the University of California, San Francisco, are using technology called "Next-Generation sequencing" to diagnose patients with infectious disease.  The test works by detecting all the DNA present in clinical samples, instead of targeting a single infectious agent at a time.  This is another great example of the advances being made in sequencing technology and the uses that ar...

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Retta Beery posted on June 13, 2014
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The National Institutes of Health would like to target $4.5 billion over the next 12 years to fund the brain initiative.  The goal is to understand one of the "toughest unsolved puzzles," the brains of humans and animals, to lay a foundation for future generations to treat brain disorders. To read New York times article, copy and paste url to your website browser: http://www.nytimes.com/201...

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Retta Beery posted on June 06, 2014
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Canadian team finds root causes for 146 Rare Childhood Diseases in a ground breaking effort to use genomics to advance diagnosis of Rare Disease.  This is a huge step for more rapid diagnosis and, hopefully, to guide treatment in some cases.   To read article published in the Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/canadian-team-finds-root-causes-f...

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Retta Beery posted on June 06, 2014
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Dr. Charles Chiu, at UC San Francisco, used next generation sequencing to save the life of a 14 year old boy.  The fast diagnosis and successful treatment of the teenager came only 48 hours after sequencing was started.  To read more on the UCSF website, go to: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2014/06/114946/faster-dna-sleuthing-saves-critically-ill-boy

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Retta Beery posted on June 05, 2014