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

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

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…

J. Julius Zhu, PhD, developed a new technique that will let doctors better diagnose disease and predict patient outcomes.
New Approach Speeds Up Cancer Research Hugely

J. Julius Zhu, PhD, has come up with a new technique that will let one cancer lab do the work of dozens. Research that would have taken 10 years can now be done in three months. Best of all, the technique isn't just for cancer research -- it's useful for…

Cool: We Can View Genes In Living Cells

For Mazhar Adli, the little glowing dots dancing about on the computer screen are nothing less than the fulfillment of a dream. Those fluorescent dots, moving about in real time, are set to illuminate our understanding of the human genome, cancer and other genetic diseases in a way never before…

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The Future of Genome Modification

Did you know that scientists have already genetically modified a type of mosquito to help reduce the spread of malaria? That tidbit's from an interesting article on UVA Today about the future of genome editing. It's a Q&A with UVA public policy professor Randall Lutter, a faculty member at UVA’s…

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The Challenges of Gene Editing

The possibility of editing our genes to prevent disease is tremendously exciting, but this interesting article from National Public Radio highlights what a daunting task it is.  (The piece also includes the fun tidbit that mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are thought to have once been primitive bacteria that…