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Open Access Original Research

Next Generation Sequencing and Pediatric Brain Tumors: Detection of Cancer Predisposition Syndromes in Patients and Their Families

Received: 01 September 2017;  Published: 05 December 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1704011


The MNP 2.0 study offers a specified oncologic diagnosis and the detection of possible therapeutic targets for a large cohort of pediatric neurooncologic patients. With the parents / patients agreement the study also performs germline analysis of all included patients and thereby translates scientif [...]

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Open Access Review

Carrier Screening for Cystic Fibrosis: Past, Present and Future

Received: 31 July 2017;  Published: 01 November 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1704010


Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the commonest autosomal recessive genetic diseases that show a high carrier frequency amongst Caucasian populations. Although there has been tremendous progress in the available therapies, compared to the past, the disease is still associated with significant morbidity [...]

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Open Access Review

Preimplantation Genetic Screening

Received: 11 August 2017;  Published: 26 October 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1704009


The main aim of PGS has always been to improve IVF outcome, especially in patient groups assumed to have higher rates of chromosomally abnormal embryos, such as patients of advanced maternal age. In that sense, PGS is quite different from other types of screening as discussed in other papers in this [...]

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Open Access Review

The Role of Epigenetics in Developmental Programming and the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Received: 20 June 2017;  Published: 19 October 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1704008


A number of epidemiological studies have suggested that environmental stresses, such as malnutrition during the fetal period, can induce development of metabolic disorders, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and hypertension, and psychiatric disorders in later life. This theory is known as the Develop [...]

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Open Access Review

Prenatal Screening for Fetal Aneuploidy

Received: 01 August 2017;  Published: 26 September 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1703007


Prenatal genetic aneuploidy screening approaches are designed to identify pregnant patients at increased risk of having a fetus affected. Conventional prenatal screening has consisted in providing women a risk estimate of having a pregnancy affected with trisomy 21 or trisomy 18 based on maternal ag [...]

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Open Access Review

Avoiding the Technological Imperative: Criteria for Genetic Screening Programs

Received: 30 July 2017;  Published: 21 September 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1703006


Genetic screening is the process of systematically evaluating a defined population for genetic conditions or predispositions, in the hope of providing benefit to those with a positive result. With advances in sequencing technology, genetic screening is moving from phenotype-based to genotype-based t [...]

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Open Access Review

Carrier Screening for the Haemoglobinopathies: Past, Present and Future

Received: 03 July 2017;  Published: 14 August 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1703005


Carrier screening for the haemoglobinopathies has undergone many technological improvements in haematological and molecular diagnostic techniques since the first prenatal diagnoses by DNA analysis in the 1970s by Southern blot analysis enabled the implementation of effective successful prevention pr [...]

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Open Access Opinion

Genes, Culture, and Human Evolution

Received: 10 April 2017;  Published: 02 June 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1702004


none, this is an opinion piece

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Open Access Book Review

An Introduction to Molecular Anthropology. By Mark Stoneking. Wiley-Blackwell: Hoboken, NJ, USA, 2017; $129.95; ISBN: 978-1-118-06162-6.

Received: 13 April 2017;  Published: 26 April 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1702003


Mark Stoneking, who is a member of the Editorial Board of OBM Genetics has written a textbook on molecular anthropology

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Open Access Review

Mechanisms of Origin and Clinical Effects of Multiple Small Supernumerary Marker Chromosomes, Each Derived from a Different Chromosome

Received: 15 November 2016;  Published: 10 February 2017;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.1701002


Small supernumerary marker chromosomes (sSMCs) are centric chromosome fragments additionally present in an otherwise normal human chromosome set that cannot be characterized by classical cytogenetic techniques alone. The majority of sSMCs are not yet related to a defined clinical phenotype. We compi [...]

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