Genetics

  • Deciphering DNA code

    Examining the ethics of sharing genetic risk information

    Should scientists inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions discovered during the studies, and if so, when and how? A Vanderbilt professor is part of a team working to answer these questions. Read More

    Sep. 28, 2011

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    Discovery of how G proteins ‘turn on’ may lead to better drugs

    Researchers have discovered how key proteins are “turned on” and transmit signals inside the cell. The discovery could lead to new, more effective drugs. Read More

    Aug. 18, 2011

  • Deciphering DNA code

    Number of genes associated with MS doubled

    An international team of scientists has identified 29 new genetic variants linked to multiple sclerosis, providing key insights into the biology of an important and very debilitating neurological disease. Read More

    Aug. 10, 2011

  • Crop from Sminton

    Jumping genes make the funny pages

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Jun. 24, 2011

  • Moira MacTaggert

    Real science in X-Men

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Jun. 21, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Lecturers explore impact of genomics on race perceptions

    The question of whether new discoveries about the human genome will cause racism to fizzle or flare was the topic of the two recent discussions at Vanderbilt. Read More

    May. 13, 2011

  • Amanda Kussrow

    Investment in biomedical research yields jobs, billions in return

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    May. 11, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    New insect repellant may be thousands of times stronger than DEET

    Discovery of a new class of insect repellant raises the possibility of formulations that are thousands of times more effective than current repellants. Read More

    May. 9, 2011

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    Gene variant impacts exercise blood pressure

    Subtle genetic changes can have big effects on blood pressure while exercising. Read More

    Apr. 28, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Fishing for a new model of tuberous sclerosis complex

    A zebrafish model of the genetic disease tuberous sclerosis complex will speed new discoveries. Read More

    Apr. 27, 2011

  • Get some science with your coffee

    Get some science with your coffee

    "Genetics Today" was the subject of a recent Science Café, a monthly free scientific exploration held at Nashville coffee shop Fido and sponsored by the Adventure Science Center. Read More

    Apr. 25, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Evolution points to genes involved in birth timing

    Researchers have identified a gene associated with accelerated evolution in humans that may increase some women's risk to deliver their baby prematurely. Read More

    Apr. 19, 2011

  • Members of the team studying genes associated with epilepsy include (front row, from left) Alison Miller, M.S., Jennifer Kearney, Ph.D., Courtney Campbell, (back row, from left) Benjamin Jorge and Alfred George, M.D. (Susan Urmy / Vanderbilt University)

    Potassium channel gene modifies epilepsy risk

    The discovery of a new gene that can influence a person's risk for developing epilepsy could improve diagnostic tools and open the door for new therapies. Read More

    Apr. 18, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt: Laboratory for health care reform

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Apr. 15, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Four new Alzheimer’s genes uncovered

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Apr. 4, 2011

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    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center launches online genetic research tool

    A new online tool enables cancer patients and researchers to track the latest developments in personalized cancer medicine and connect with clinical research trials. Read More

    Mar. 3, 2011

  • Vanderbilt University

    Video: Genetics and politics

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Oct. 15, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    VUCast: What secrets your genetic code holds and celebrating the big 100!

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Jul. 20, 2010

  • Vanderbilt University

    The Possibilities of Personalized Medicine

    Ellen Wright Clayton (Neil Brake / Vanderbilt) Answering the questions of if, when and how scientists should inform participants in genomic studies about their risk for diseases or conditions is the aim of new research funded with a $5.7 million grant to Ellen Wright Clayton, Craig-Weaver Professor of… Read More

    Jan. 31, 2010