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A Safer Way to Edit Genes?

CRISPR-Cas9 has set the research community on fire for its gene editing efficiency. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do better. Now, in a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have shown a system used for decades in bacteria can also edit human cells. With a little optimization, this approach — called recombineering — could be a safer way to edit genes.

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NSF Award Will Let UM Researchers Dig Deeper into Innovative Soil Technology

Helping farmers and agricultural professionals detect nutrients and harmful chemicals in their soil in an easy, affordable and long-term way is the goal of a group of researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The promise of their new technology just landed them a competitive National Science Foundation award.

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Patients will be seen by UM clinicians and genetics experts, who will perform in-depth and comprehensive clinical examinations, as well as cutting-edge genomics investigations, including whole genome sequencing.

Miller School Becomes a Site for NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is among five new academic medical sites across the nation that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and been awarded a grant by the agency to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The new awards, announced September 24, are part of the second phase of the agency’s expansion of the network.

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From left, Edward Abraham, M.D., Alan Zhou, M.D., Wendy Liu, M.D. ’14, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., seated, Henri R. Ford, M.D., MHA, Li Lin Du, Fred F. Telischi, M.D., MEE.

Dr. Xue Zhong Liu Honored with Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology

In honor of his landmark research identifying the genes that cause deafness and its translation to patient care, Xue Zhong Liu, M.D., Ph.D., was recently honored with the Marian and Walter Hotchkiss Chair in Otolaryngology. Dr. Liu — an internationally renowned researcher, author, educator, and otolaryngologist — received the chair August 30 during a ceremony at the Lois Pope LIFE Center.

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A patient undergoing radiation therapy.

$2 Million NCI Grant Funds Research to Protect Kidneys from Radiation Therapy

A cross-departmental team of researchers at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study ways to protect kidneys from radiation therapy. Specifically, the investigators will be seeking new information about the molecular mechanisms of radiation nephropathy.

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