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Drosophila Study Hints at Diet-Based Treatment for NGLY1 Deficiency
Researchers from the University of Utah studying Drosophila fruit flies have found that in flies, providing a common dietary supplement prevents death caused by Pngl deficiency, the fly analog of the human genetic disorder N-Glycanase 1 (NGLY1) deficiency. Findings were reported at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2016 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, B.C.Read More
“That pizza was #delish!” What Do Tweets Say About Our Health?
"Coffee" was the most tweeted food in the continental U.S. from mid-2014 to mid-2015 followed by "beer" then "pizza". Besides hinting at which foods are popular, VPCAT scholar Quynh Nguyen, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Utah College of Health, and colleagues, are finding that tweets may reveal something about our health. A study published in JMIR Public Health and Surveillance reports that communities that tweeted more often about physical activities, or expressed positive sentiments about healthy foods, had better overall health.Read More
Genome Engineering Paves the Way for Sickle Cell Cure
A team of physicians and laboratory scientists has taken a key step toward a cure for sickle cell disease, using CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to fix the mutated gene responsible for the disease in stem cells from the blood of affected patients. For the first time, they have corrected the mutation in a proportion of stem cells that is high enough to produce a substantial benefit in sickle cell patients.Read More