Topic List : Genetics

  • Predicting aneurysm risk from DNA

    By combining genome-sequence information and health records, Stanford scientists have developed a new algorithm that can predict the risk of abdominal aortic aneurysm, and potentially could be used for any number of diseases.

  • Safer gene therapy?

    A new study gives Stanford researchers hope that they may have solved a big problem plaguing gene therapy: the prospect of an autoimmune attack.

  • Computers help diagnose rare diseases

    A Stanford method for comparing patients’ symptoms and gene data to the medical literature could greatly speed the diagnosis of rare genetic diseases.

  • Repeated DNA arrays can confer psychiatric risks

    Repeated, human-specific DNA sequences are tied to an increased risk of psychiatric disorders, a Stanford study finds. It might be possible to treat the diseases with existing drugs.

  • Genetic screen predicts osteoporosis risk

    A new genetic screen may be able to predict low bone-mineral density, osteoporosis and fracture risk prior to clinical symptoms, according to a retrospective study of nearly 400,000 people by a Stanford researcher.

  • Glucose spikes seen in healthy people

    A study out of Stanford in which blood sugar levels were continuously monitored reveals that even people who think they’re “healthy” should pay attention to what they eat.

  • Howard Chang named HHMI investigator

    Chang joins 23 other Stanford faculty as Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigators. The seven-year appointment frees faculty to pursue the most innovative biomedical research.

  • Multigene tests for breast cancer on the rise

    Tests to detect mutations in multiple genes are replacing BRCA-only analyses in women with breast cancer, according to a study by scientists at Stanford and several other institutions. Greater access to genetic counselors needed.

  • Henrietta Lacks family members speak

    Grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks, whose tissue sample became the source of the first immortalized cell line, spoke at an event featuring Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

  • CRISPR edits genome of coral

    In a proof-of-principle study, Stanford scientists and their colleagues used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing system to modify genes in coral, suggesting that the tool could one day aid conservation efforts.