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Department of Biomedical Informatics News and Stories


Research    DNA    Genetics

Why Do Zebrafish Make Model Organisms in Scientific Research?

At first glance, there don’t seem to be many similarities between humans and zebrafish, but the small freshwater minnows native to southeastern Asia have quickly become a favorite model organism in scientific research, allowing researchers to study human health, rare diseases, and treatment options.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date September 26, 2023
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DNA    Genetics    Data analysis

What is Genomics?

Genes are at the center of nearly every human disease and symptom, and until the past few decades, medical researchers had a much narrower interpretation of the human body’s entire genetic makeup, also called the genome.

Author Kara Mason | Publish Date August 30, 2023
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Department of Biomedical Informatics In the News

Washington Post

This boy was born without an immune system. Gene therapy rebuilt it.

news outletWashington Post
Publish DateNovember 28, 2023

Katrina Claw, PhD, a Navajo geneticist and DBMI assistant professor, explains that Western science and medicine have historically ignored and underestimated the traditional knowledge of Native people.

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Science Daily

Toward new targeted treatments for rheumatoid arthritis

news outletScience Daily
Publish DateNovember 09, 2023

New research led by DBMI secondary faculty member Fan Zhang, PhD, and Anna Helena Jonsson, MD, PhD, may lead to new targeted treatments for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), an autoimmune disease that causes joint inflammation and destruction.

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Denver Business Journal

Palantir, Denver-area university receive $30M grant from National Institutes of Health

news outletDenver Business Journal
Publish DateOctober 20, 2023

“The methods proposed have the power to advance healthcare best practices in personalized medicine on national, regional and local scales,” says DBMI professor Melissa Haendel, PhD, chief research informatics officer with CU Anschutz and the principal investigator of the grant.

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Hundreds of genes identified that directly influence what we eat

news outletEarth.com
Publish DateOctober 12, 2023

“Some genes we identified are related to sensory pathways – including those for taste, smell, and texture – and may also increase the reward response in the brain,” said lead author Joanne Cole, PhD, assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics department at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. 

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