How understanding tumor diversity can potentially improve the outcomes of patients with lung cancer

How understanding tumor diversity can potentially improve the outcomes of patients with lung cancer

[See video below] “People may think of lung cancer as one disease, but lung cancer is a collection of diverse subtypes of cells and each subtype may respond differently to the same therapy,” said Dr. Chad Creighton, associate professor of medicine and member of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Division of Biostatistics at … Continue reading

Research opens the possibility of new, noninvasive genetic prenatal testing

Research opens the possibility of new, noninvasive genetic prenatal testing

Performing a routine prenatal test with a mother’s blood sample might be possible in the future, says a group of researchers. They have determined that it is feasible to develop a prenatal, noninvasive genetic test based on rare fetal cells that are present in the mother’s blood. “These fetal cells were first reported in the … Continue reading

Small brain region linked to nicotine addiction plays a major role in the control of appetite

Small brain region linked to nicotine addiction plays a major role in the control of appetite

[See video beolow] Researchers studying the mystery of how the brain controls appetite have brought into play a small region of the brain, the basal forebrain. In this region, a small group of a few thousand acetylcholine-producing cells moderates whether an individual is hungry or full. In mouse studies, when these cells are impaired, the … Continue reading

Genomic approaches can provide answers to undiagnosed primary immunodeficiency diseases.

Genomic approaches can provide answers to undiagnosed primary immunodeficiency diseases.

Lea este artículo en español, aquí. An international team of physician-researchers set out to change the approach by which they genetically diagnose primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs). This work represents a potential landmark in the field because of the extent of how genomics is interwoven with the clinical approach to the patient. PIDDs range from severe … Continue reading