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Carcinogenic chemicals cramp DNA

Nov. 21, 2012—Researchers have determined how a DNA lesion caused by exposure to chemicals may spark cancer formation.

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Balser, Roden discuss personalized medicine at Global South Summit

Nov. 15, 2012—“Personalized medicine—the effort to tailor health care to understand individual patients’ needs, genetic profiles and circumstances—is a big emphasis at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center,” said Jeff Balser, vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt, in his opening statement to a panel discussing personalized medicine at the Global South Summit...

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Genomic research gains ad-“vantage” with new resources

Nov. 1, 2012—Vanderbilt University Medical Center has stepped up its support of research aimed at cracking the mysteries of the genome, the master DNA code.

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VU recruit’s work lights up genetic ‘dark matter’

Oct. 11, 2012—They’ve been called “junk DNA” and genetic “dark matter” — the long segments of the human genome (98 percent of it) that do not encode protein.

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BioVU reaches new benchmark in DNA samples

Sep. 6, 2012—This month BioVU logged in its 150,000th unique genetic sample. It is now the world’s largest collection of human DNA linked to searchable, electronic health information.

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Director of Vanderbilt’s DNA databank to discuss reality and hype of personalized medicine

Aug. 30, 2012—The director of Vanderbilt’s DNA databank will discuss the possibilities of personalized medicine in the first Chancellor’s Lecture of the academic year.

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Kids’ cells okay after mom’s cancer radiation

Jun. 22, 2012—Study finds no evidence of increased mitochondrial mutations in the children of women treated with radiation for cancer.

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Gene database to aid disease research

Jun. 19, 2012—A new catalog of human genetic data may help researchers uncover the genetic roots of disease and enable the ultimate realization of personalized medicine.

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Vanderbilt identifies genes linked to breast cancer chemo resistance

Jun. 11, 2012—A study led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center investigators has identified a gene expression pattern that may explain why chemotherapy prior to surgery isn’t effective against some tumors and suggests new therapy options for patients with specific subtypes of breast cancer.

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DNA: From modification to mutation

Jun. 8, 2012—Understanding how an environmental hazard damages DNA may shed light on processes of tumor formation.

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New York Times: Study says DNA’s power to predict illness is limited

Apr. 3, 2012—Vanderbilt University is already doing genetic analyses of patients to help in developing a shortlist of effective drugs, says Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at its medical school.

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iPOND method goes fishing for proteins

Mar. 19, 2012—A new tool will allow researchers to identify proteins involved in DNA replication and damage repair, processes that go awry in cancer.

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