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Gary K. Owens, PhD, director of UVA’s Robert M. Berne Cardiovascular Research Center, consults with researcher Molly R. Kelly-Goss.
The Arc of Science
March 15, 2019

Dr. Gary Owens and his team are providing us with new insights into atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries. It's amazing to see how new discovery begets new discovery.

An image of a bacterium stealing DNA.
Watch DNA Being Stolen, in Real Time
July 20, 2018

For the first time ever, we can actually see a bacterium steal a piece of DNA in real time. In the video you'll find at the link above, the bacterium Vibrio cholerae reaches out and grabs a free-floating piece of DNA so that it can stitch it into its genome.…

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At-Home Genetic Testing: What You Need to Know
February 5, 2018

How is at-home genetic testing different than the genetic testing you'd get at a doctor's office? My colleague Leigh Critzer has written an informative post over at Healthy Balance, the UVA Health System's blog. Before you try to draw any conclusions about your health, make sure you check it out.…

J. Julius Zhu, PhD, developed a new technique that will let doctors better diagnose disease and predict patient outcomes.
We Can Predict the Severity of Your Genetic Disease
September 22, 2017

Our J. Julius Zhu, PhD, has found a way to predict the severity of genetic disease just by measuring mind-bogglingly small interactions between molecules. He and his team of international collaborators have developed a technique that lets them measure the effect gene mutations have on the molecules that cells use…

Michael McConnell, PhD
A Condition So Rare It Has No Name
August 11, 2017

A local group, the Bow Foundation, has donated $50,000 to help our Michael McConnell, PhD, research a genetic disorder so rare it has no common name. That's the news hook, anyway. The condition actually may not be that rare. It's just not well studied. Once researchers start investigating, it may…

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Better Predicting, Preventing and Treating Disease
May 11, 2017

Several interesting projects designed to better predict, prevent and treat disease have received funding as part of UVA's research partnership with Inova Health System, according to an announcement that went out today. Nine joint research teams from UVA and Inova will receive a total of nearly $450,000 from the two…