Gene Genie #39: Personal genomics, health and evolution

gene_genie_logo_400 Welcome to the 39th edition of Gene Genie, the carnival of clinical genetics and personalized medicine.


Personalized genomics are all over the news lately, so let’s jump right and see what’s going on.

Personalized Genetics 

The financial troubles of deCODE Genetics continue to grow following the massive layout last March. Eye on DNA touches on the (im)practicality of genetic testing during recessions.

Genome Alberta joins the enthusiastic PG crowd when Mike Spear showed his own genetic test results at a student conference.

Gene Sherpas take a swipe at 23andMe for allowing genetic data to be used to make medical decision.’

It’s not only personalized genomes that are becoming public. The Daily Scan features Her2 testing errors, a venue where a woman can publicly share and ask about her medical diagnosis and pathology. Is this a good thing?

Science Roll features quick links to the latest train ride that is personalized genetics. One interesting link is the lecture video on the definition of "genomic revolution".

Remember the other genetics?

Rare genetic disorders don’t get as much face-time as the ones that affect more people, such as cancers or downs syndrome. We don’t even know they exist unless you’re studying them for research or school. Nevertheless, they are very real to those involved. Human Genetics Disorders put a face to Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL), a multi-system disorder characterized by the abnormal growth of tumors in certain parts of the body (angiomatosis). 

The genetics of congenital heart disease gets major funding with a 6-year $25M NHLBI-led collaborative genomics. The consortium is looking for research centers to perform clinical and translational studies on the diseases. Interested scientists can check out the PHG Foundation for a list of research focal points included in the grant.

Our understanding of male pattern baldness broadens with recent findings that associate chromosome 20 to hair loss, a disorder that traditionally has been known as sex-linked. Eye on DNA also mentions that hair loss increases the risk for cardiovascular disease. 

The Tumor Sequencing Project has created comprehensive maps of the genetic changes that underlie cancer formation. Are the results going ‘towards a cure for cancer’? Find out more at Genetic Future.

Are people with autism genius? New evidence is found that autism is associated with intellectual skills, but Genetics and Health thinks it may be genetic or a common environment/upbringing.

Sandwalk‘s Larry Moran says he’s related to Marcus Antonius (The Mark Antony 83 BC). How is that possible? A genetic map of Europe, gene flow and big league names of the ancient kingdoms dropped here and there.

The Medical Quack sums up new findings that the human rhinovirus (HRV) can hijack genes of the immune response and causes the most annoying cold symptoms.

Genome-wide association using SNPs showed evidence for genetic variation in European populations that were considered homogeneous and isolated, as reported in the PLoS recently.


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