Ringing In The New Year With Dysferlin — #GeneOTW

Sometimes, the entire month of December feels like an endless stream of holiday parties, non-stop feasting, and way too many cookies. Since my holiday vices tend toward roast duck and copious amounts of sticky rice, I’m definitely looking forward to a more fitness-focused January. With health-related New Year’s resolutions being so common, many people (myself included) will soon be trading in...
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I need some AIRE — #GeneOTW

If you’ve been reading my Gene-of-the-Week posts for a while, you may recall that, although I know admittedly little about the immune system, I have a particular, personal interest in autoimmune diseases.  Recently, my immune system has been aberrantly attacking my own healthy tissues, resulting in some really annoying joint pain and swelling.  As much as it sucks, the more I learn about...
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A Fifty Billion Dollar Problem — #GeneOTW with ACE

With 11.4 million prescriptions filled each month, it’s no wonder that the hypertension drug Diovan is one of the most prescribed medications in America.  After all, the CDC reports that 1 in 3 adults has high blood pressure.1  In the U.S alone, 67 million people are affected2 —and that’s almost twice the total population of Canada. When you combine all the costs of medications, doctor’s visits,...
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PGM1 Deficiency: Best New Disease of 2014?— #GeneOTW

2014 is almost over, my friends. The year is coming to a close, and like every year—but probably plenty more this year, thanks to Buzzfeed—a barrage of “Best of” lists will soon besiege us. Already, we have had the best subreddits, the best movie posters, and the best wine books of 2014 enumerated for us. But what I am really looking forward to this year is the Best Newly Discovered Diseases of...
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The Secret Amino Acid — #GeneOTW with Selenoprotein T

The Flying Dutchman. A 4×4. Animal style fries, well done. If you know the lingo, In-N-Out’s “secret” menu has enough delicious goodies to satisfy everyone’s tastes. Personally, I’d never order the “Wish Burger” (as in, “I wish there were meat in here”), but for some people, the whole salad-in-a-bun concept suits them just fine. In the same way, there’s a select group of proteins that...
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Be Thankful for the Little Things… — #GeneOTW with DICER1

Be Thankful for the Little Things… and the big things that make the little things work  I’ve said it before: small things can make a big difference.  This Thanksgiving (and every day), it’s important that we remember and give thanks for the little things.  The little things, like microRNAs (miRNAs). miRNAs are small, non-coding RNAs that are important for the inhibition of gene...
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