kidney disease

Investigators are searching for non-invasive biomarkers of rejection and earlier stage graft injury in children and adults who have received kidney transplants.

Heterozygous deletions at the chromosome 22q11.2 locus contribute to kidney problems in individuals with DiGeorge syndrome or congenital urogenital conditions.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based precision medicine firm hopes to translate molecular information into therapies for chronic kidney diseases.

The company said it will use the funds to commercialize its proteomic PromarkerD kidney disease test and launch an analytical testing service business.

Metabolon will work with Johns Hopkins University and Tufts Medical Center to develop and clinically validate the new blood-based diagnostic.

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Researchers from the University of Michigan are beginning to use Drop-Seq to characterize human kidney cells.

With data from the CanPREDDICT study, the partners will develop a test to predict the rate of disease progression in patients with chronic kidney disease.

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Using transcripts expressed in kidney tissue as a guide, researchers identified a protein marker of chronic kidney disease progression and kidney function in urine.

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Jay Shendure and his colleagues have developed a new method to more comprehensively identify human cell types, the NY Times reports.

Researchers in the UK and Japan have shown that infertility in mice with three sex chromosomes can be overcome, according to the Guardian.

China is embracing preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Nature News reports. 

In PLOS this week: host genetic factors associated with cervical neoplasia progression, population patterns for an ancient flowering rainforest plant, and more.