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Items Tagged ‘DNA’

June 16, 2022

Native American’s genetic test results at Mayo Clinic reveal surprise lineage to ancient tribe   

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Mayo Clinic working to advance health equity among Native Americans, Alaska Natives Schyler Martin, a member of the Munsee Band of Mohicans in Minnesota, was surprised and excited when his recent Mayo Clinic genetic test results revealed he has distinctive DNA lineage to an ancient group of Native Americans known as the Beringians. According to […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, genetic testing, genomics


May 31, 2022

Mayo research using DNA to catch cancer, other medical conditions earlier

By Adam Harringa Adam Harringa (@harringaadam)

What would happen if a certain percentage of serious medical conditions, including cancer diagnoses, were found significantly earlier by studying the entire genome of patients’ DNA? How would their quality of life improve, and how many fewer cancer deaths would there be each year? That’s what a group of Mayo Clinic scientists and clinicians aim […]

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Tags: Bijan Borah, breast cancer, Center for Individualized Medicine, Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, DNA, genome, genomics, health disparities, hereditary cancer, hereditary diseases, hypercholesterolemia


March 23, 2022

Nanopore sequencing method rapidly detects, identifies antibiotic-resistant microbes, Mayo Clinic research shows 

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

A growing number of people are dying from antibiotic-resistant infections. These infections are fueled by microbial species that are mutating to evade the drugs developed to destroy them. More than 1.2 million people worldwide died in 2019 from antibiotic-resistant infections.  In response, a team of researchers from Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine has developed a sequencing technology to […]

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Tags: antibacterial resistance, antibiotic, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, Emma Whittle, genomics, gut health, infection, infectious disease, microbiome, RNA


August 25, 2021

Mayo Clinic analysis shows how disease, diet, and genomics interact with gut virome

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

Mayo Clinic researchers published a comprehensive analysis of the gut virome in Gastroenterology, showing how disease, diet and genomics interact with the gut virome in irritable bowel syndrome. This common disorder affects the intestine and manifests as abdominal pain associated with constipation, diarrhea or both. The gut virome is one component of the microbiome (bacteria, fungi, viruses). […]

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Tags: Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, gastroenterology, genomics, gut health, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, microbiome, Purna Kashyap


March 10, 2021

Mayo Clinic physician cracks patient’s mysterious illness with epigenetics technology

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Kenneth Hobby assumed his fever, fatigue and aching pains on that day in May 2018 were from another bout of malaria. He was visiting Zambia in southern Africa — the stomping grounds of his childhood and a place where the mosquito-borne parasite is common. He had returned to the vast safari lands, as he often […]

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Tags: blood disease, Center for Individualized Medicine, DNA, epigenetics, genomics, hematology, Mrinal Patnaik, rare disease


March 3, 2021

Mayo Clinic investigators pursue every clue to solve patients’ rare diseases

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

When patients’ illnesses are a mystery and their symptoms have defied a diagnosis, they often turn to Mayo Clinic. There a team of genomic-oriented clinicians and researchers within the Center for Individualized Medicine pursue every possible clue to solve these complex cases.  As many as 30 million Americans have a rare disease. Many patients search […]

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Tags: biobank, biomarkers, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical research, DNA, Filippo Pinto e Vairo, gene mutation, genetic counseling, genetic testing, genomics, Konstantinos Lazaridis, rare disease


December 9, 2020

Diversifying genomic medicine beyond genes

By Colette Gallagher Colette Gallagher (@colettegallagher)

The work to improve health and health care is ongoing and ever-evolving. It takes many shapes, from streamlining delivery to improving care and pursuing inclusive medical research to help develop precision medicine for all populations. This was a key element of the Arizona Return of Actionable Variants Empirical, or RAVE, study, which brought genomic medicine to […]

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Tags: biomedical ethics, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical trials, diversity, DNA, genetics, genomics, health disparities, Iftikhar Kullo, Richard Sharp


December 2, 2020

Conquering cancer by targeting its genetic abnormalities

By Susan Murphy Susan Murphy (@susanmurphy)

Joanne Garnett has harrowing memories of that life-changing day back in 1981. She was a 39-year-old land use planner living in Wyoming when she received a call from her doctor confirming she had uterine cancer.  “I was shocked, and it was strange because I didn’t fit any profile for uterine cancer,” Garnett recalls. “I got a […]

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Tags: BRCA2, breast cancer, cancer genomics, Center for Individualized Medicine, clinical research, DNA, gene mutation, genetic testing, hereditary cancer, Lynch syndrome, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Niloy "Jewel" Samadder


November 23, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/23/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

There were all sorts of different things in the news this week, but perhaps the most heartening was the news from Dr. Anthony Fauci and our own Gregory Poland, M.D., that Santa Claus and the elves are practicing safe behaviors and COVID-19 won’t stop Christmas from arriving.  Read on for excerpts from this and other […]

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Tags: Amir Lerman, Andrew Badley, Anna Subramaniam, antibiotic, antibodies, anxiety, autism, cardiovascular medicine, clinical research, COVID-19, depression, DNA


November 9, 2020

Mayo Clinic Research in the news — 11/9/2020

By Elizabeth Zimmermann Elizabeth Zimmermann (@elizabethzimmermann)

As SARS-CoV-2 spreads throughout the world, COVID-19 has become the subject of almost every conversation. Not surprisingly, the media are actively following developments in research on symptoms, testing, treatment and vaccines. In addition to some of these stories, you’ll find Mayo Clinic research and researchers highlighted across a wide range of topics. We are also […]

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Tags: ALS, Alzheimer's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, animal model, bone disease, cancer screening, cardiovascular medicine, clinical research, colorectal cancer, COVID-19, David Ahlquist, dementia


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