About Utah Genome Project

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Largest Genetic Study of its Kind to Date Leads to Deeper Understanding of Heart Defects in Children

A congenital heart defect describes a structural flaw in the heart or major blood vessels that is present at birth. This common birth defect affects about 40,000 newborns every year. Even with proper ...Read More

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Leveraging Bioinformatics to Personalize Cancer Treatments

Yi Qiao, PhD, director of research and science at USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery, is merging two of his childhood interests — biology and computer science — to understand how...Read More

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Tough Questions and Reasoned Discussions About Genetic Enhancement

In the past, eugenics was conducted by the state, but in the future, it could be done by couples, lamented a participant of a break-out session at A Faith and Science Workshop on Ethical Issues in Hum...Read More

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Ethics of Science: Researchers Join Theologians to Discuss Gene Editing Tools

The cornerstone of medical science and faith-based groups aims to alleviate human suffering, but the development of new gene-editing tools raises many ethical questions.  Bioethicists, scientists...Read More

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University of Utah Health Awarded $3 Million to Accelerate the Integration of Precision Medicine into Patient Care

SALT LAKE CITY - On the computer screen in front of him was the smoking gun responsible for the young child’s death. After analyzing the child’s DNA, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, M.D., a pedia...Read More

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University of Utah Health Collaborates with Janssen Research & Development to Investigate the Genetics of Suicide

Even today, suicide is a taboo topic often discussed in whispers and swept to the shadows of society, despite it being the leading cause of death among youth in Utah and the tenth leading cause of dea...Read More

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New Tools to Mine Health Datasets May Uncover the Genetic Causes of Heart Defects

Earlier this summer, comedian Jimmy Kimmel delivered a moving monologue detailing the dramatic events that unfolded following the birth his young son, Billie, who was diagnosed with the birth defect, ...Read More

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Sequencing Genomes in the Palm of Your Hand

Aaron Quinlan, PhD, associate professor of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at University of Utah Health, and Tom Sasani, a graduate student in Quinlan’s lab, are using the Oxford ...Read More

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Utah's Role in Developing Technology to Unmask Causes of Genetic Disease

Mark Yandell, PhD professor in Human Genetics at the University of Utah Health, has spent the better part of almost two decades developing new technologies to mine the genome to diagnose genetic disea...Read More

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Heritage 1K: Progress and the Road Ahead

Two years ago, Utah Genome Project launched Heritage 1K, an initiative to sequence 1,000 genomes to understand the genetic bases of approximately 25 inherited diseases. With the final DNA sequences re...Read More

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Gene Linked to Early Menopause

Corrine Welt, MD, professor of internal medicine at University of Utah Health, has spent the past 20 years helping women with infertility. Despite many medical advances, primary ovarian insufficiency ...Read More

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Catalysts for Change

Faster, cheaper DNA sequencing is sparking optimism that cures are just around the corner. But to turn genetic data into knowledge that’s meaningful for patients, we need experts with wildly dif...Read More

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Mark Yandell, PhD: Code Breaker

Mark Yandell, Ph.D., professor of human genetics and co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery, uses computer logic and algorithms to search the 3 billion bases of our genetic code for dis...Read More

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The Need For Speed

The USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery is expanding the UGP genome analysis pipeline to meet oncoming demands. It's expected that one million people will want their genome sequenced by 2016 to hasten ...Read More

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Genetic Science Powered by Family

Representing over 7.3 million people connected to 23 million records, including vital statistics and medical records, the Utah Population Database is a powerful resource for advancing precision medici...Read More

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Searching Family Trees for the Seeds of Cancer

Our genetic code is made up of 3.3 billion base pairs of DNA, and one single base pair change can be enough to put someone at risk for developing disease. Nicola Camp, Ph.D., a professor of genetic ep...Read More

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Grappling With Next-Generation Ethics

Pioneering discoveries in the world of genomics brings with it the challenge of solving problems we never could have imagined. In the process of discovering a genetic cause for atrial fibrillation (AF...Read More

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Rethink What's Possible

The Huntsman Cancer Institute launches a campaign to stop cancers before they start, an ambitious goal made possible through the Utah Genome Project. Watch the video to learn more....Read More

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Discovery at UUHS

Over a decade ago, scientists at the University of Utah capitalized on a long and rich history of genetic discovery. Some of the most renowned geneticists at the University created genetic technology ...Read More

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Creating the World Standard in Genomic Electronic Health Records (GEHR)

Today, technology has increased the pace of genetic discovery immensely and scientists at the University of Utah Health Sciences [UUHS] are utilizing and developing some of the most cutting-edge tools...Read More

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A Vision for Your Future Genetic Health

Perhaps your grandfather died from heart disease at age 60 and your father at 65. You and your siblings may be at risk for that same condition. Genetically, you may have even passed these same risks o...Read More