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Research opens the possibility of new, noninvasive genetic prenatal testing
Articles / Genetics / prenatal testing

Research opens the possibility of new, noninvasive genetic prenatal testing

Performing a routine prenatal test with a mother’s blood sample might be possible in the future, says a group of researchers. They have determined that it is feasible to develop a prenatal, noninvasive genetic test based on rare fetal cells that are present in the mother’s blood. “These fetal cells were first reported in the … Continue reading

Small brain region linked to nicotine addiction plays a major role in the control of appetite
Articles / Control of Apetite / Neuroscience

Small brain region linked to nicotine addiction plays a major role in the control of appetite

[See video beolow] Researchers studying the mystery of how the brain controls appetite have brought into play a small region of the brain, the basal forebrain. In this region, a small group of a few thousand acetylcholine-producing cells moderates whether an individual is hungry or full. In mouse studies, when these cells are impaired, the … Continue reading

Genomic approaches can provide answers to undiagnosed primary immunodeficiency diseases.
Articles / Genetic sequencing / immunology

Genomic approaches can provide answers to undiagnosed primary immunodeficiency diseases.

Lea este artículo en español, aquí. An international team of physician-researchers set out to change the approach by which they genetically diagnose primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDDs). This work represents a potential landmark in the field because of the extent of how genomics is interwoven with the clinical approach to the patient. PIDDs range from severe … Continue reading

Post-operative outcomes in the VA improved in the last 15 years
A Matter of Health

Post-operative outcomes in the VA improved in the last 15 years

The Veterans Health Administration is the largest integrated health system in the US providing care for nearly 9 million veterans. In a recent past, the quality of care the VA provides to veterans was under scrutiny and this motivated a group of surgeon-researchers at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Baylor College of Medicine and … Continue reading

Image of the Month: Artist’s rendition of antigen recognition
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Image of the Month: Artist’s rendition of antigen recognition

In organ transplantation the main target of the immune response is the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) which is expressed on the surface of donor cells. During an allograft transplant, donor MHC antigens are recognized by the graft recipient’s immune system triggering an immune response. Histocompatibility testing of donor and recipient tissues for MHC antigens can … Continue reading

Two Baylor College of Medicine faculty members named to the National Academy of Medicine
Articles / Honors

Two Baylor College of Medicine faculty members named to the National Academy of Medicine

Dr. Malcolm Brenner, founding director of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital, and Dr. Cheryl Walker, founding director of the Center for Precision Environmental Health at Baylor, both renowned leaders in their respective fields, were elected to membership in the National Academy … Continue reading

$27.9 million from NIH to support Baylor’s Knockout Mouse Project
Articles / Award / Genetics

$27.9 million from NIH to support Baylor’s Knockout Mouse Project

Nearly $28 million has been awarded to Baylor College of Medicine’s Knockout Mouse Project led by Dr. Arthur Beaudet, professor of molecular and human genetics, and Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics. The grant, to be used over 5 years, was awarded by the National Institutes of Health as a renewal of … Continue reading