Quantum leap in parasite worm treatment research

Parasitic roundworms & flatworms (helminths) cause some of the most common yet neglected tropical infectious diseases affecting more than 1B people worldwide.

Genes linked to Alzheimer’s contribute to damage in different ways

Multiple genes are implicated in Alzheimer’s disease. Some are linked to early-onset Alzheimer’s, a condition that develops in one’s 30s, 40s and 50s, while others are associated with the more common late-onset form of the disease.

Genetic testing helps predict disease recurrence in myelodysplastic syndrome

A DNA-based analysis of blood cells soon after a stem cell transplant can predict likelihood of disease recurrence in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a group of cancerous disorders characterized by dysfunctional blood cells, according to new research at WU and MGI. Such a practice could help doctors identify patients at high risk of disease recurrence early after a transplant and help guide treatment decisions. The study is published Sept. 13 in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Analysis of prostate tumors reveals clues to aggressiveness

Using genetic sequencing, scientists have revealed the complete DNA makeup of more than 100 aggressive prostate tumors, pinpointing important genetic errors these deadly tumors have in common. The study lays the foundation for finding new ways to treat prostate cancer, particularly for the most aggressive forms of the disease.