Bacteria living in your gut may help diagnose colorectal cancer

Bacteria living in your gut may help diagnose colorectal cancer

Those millions of bacteria living in your gut may someday be your allies in early detection of colorectal cancer, the second-leading cause of cancer-associated death in the United States. Individuals diagnosed early have a 90 percent chance of survival; however, more than 30 percent of individuals 50 years old or older, the high-risk group, indicate never … Continue reading

Mutated genes and rogue proteins can reveal new ways to treat breast cancer

Mutated genes and rogue proteins can reveal new ways to treat breast cancer

Scientists are puzzled by mysteries such as, why a certain drug that induced one tumor to shrink in one patient did not affect the growth of a similar tumor in another patient? Each person’s cancer has a particular molecular signature that drives tumor growth, and identifying this signature can lead to personalized treatments that potentially … Continue reading

Largest study of malignant brain tumors finds new genetic markers for two distinct glioma subtypes

Largest study of malignant brain tumors finds new genetic markers for two distinct glioma subtypes

In 2017, approximately 24,000 people will be diagnosed with malignant brain tumors and 17,000 will die from the disease in the United States. The most common form of malignant brain tumor is glioblastoma, which has a 5-year survival rate of less than 6 percent. “Until now our understanding of the risks of developing glioma has … Continue reading

Of mice, men and proteasomes; OTUD6B variant causes intellectual and physical disability

Of mice, men and proteasomes; OTUD6B variant causes intellectual and physical disability

One of Dr. Magdalena Walkiewicz’s patients had not received a genetic diagnosis for his condition that included a number of intellectual and physical disabilities. After following the appropriate protocols, Walkiewicz, an assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine and assistant laboratory director at Baylor Genetics, ordered whole exome sequencing analysis. … Continue reading