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Open Access Review

Genetic Explanations for Fertility Disorders

Received: 02 May 2020;  Published: 23 June 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002111


This article reviews the genetic testing of infertility disorders. Genetic abnormalities can lead to disturbances of sexual development and hamper reproduction by influencing gamete production and maturation, fertilization, and embryonic development. Until now, the vast majority of detectable geneti [...]

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Open Access Review

Splicing HAC1/XBP1 mRNAs in Cytoplasm: The Non-Conventional mRNA Splicing Reaction in the Unfolded Protein Response

Received: 23 March 2020;  Published: 22 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002110


The majority of the secretory and transmembrane proteins are folded in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). When unfolded proteins accumulate in the ER, a collective of signalling pathways, termed the unfolded protein response (UPR), are activated to restore the ER protein folding homeostasis. The most e [...]

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Open Access Technical Note

HER2 FISH for Breast Cancer: Advances in Quantitative Image Analysis and Automation

Received: 02 March 2020;  Published: 13 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002109


Quantitative image analysis of the status of human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) by both immunohistochemistry staining and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) is important for the treatment of breast cancer. Guidelines of the American Society for Clinical Oncology and College of Ame [...]

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Open Access Research Article

Professionals’ Views on Offering Pre-Natal Testing for Adult Onset Cancer Susceptibility. Reconciling Personal and Professional Ethical Conflicts, Coping Strategies and Need for Policy Transparency

Received: 30 December 2019;  Published: 26 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002108


This paper explores views of healthcare professionals (HCPs) in genetics and foetal medicine settings on offering pre-natal diagnosis (PND) for adult onset cancer susceptibility (AOCS) genes. Study participants came from different disciplinary backgrounds and all had considered implications of offer [...]

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Open Access Original Research

MSIGNET: A Bayesian Approach for Disease-associated Gene Network Identification

Received: 19 October 2019;  Published: 07 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2002107


The analysis of gene networks and signalling pathways plays a key role in understanding gene functions, i.e., their effects on the development of a particular disease. Yet, for many heterogeneous diseases, the number of known disease-associated genes is limited. Identifying disease-assoc [...]

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Open Access Case Report

Knight in Splicing Armor: Alternative Splicing as a Neuroprotective Mechanism

Received: 13 January 2020;  Published: 20 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001106


By adjusting gene expression in response to environmental changes, cells can optimize fitness as needed. Alternative splicing is one of the most important post-transcriptional regulation steps, broadly involved in diverse physiological and pathological conditions. Here, we present 5 case [...]

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Open Access Editorial

Epigenetics of Obesity and Diabetes: Emerging Roles and Mechanisms of Non-coding RNAs

Received: 16 March 2020;  Published: 17 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001105

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Open Access Editorial

Plant Genetics and Gene Study

Received: 03 March 2020;  Published: 04 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001104

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Open Access Communication

Effective Delivery of Cancer Vaccines with Oxidatively Photo-Inactivated Transgenic Leishmania for Tumor Immunotherapy in Mouse Models

Received: 29 December 2019;  Published: 24 February 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001103


The parasitic protozoa in the genus of Leishmania have exceptionally favorable attributes for exploitation as a vehicle for safe and effective delivery of transgenically incorporated vaccines against infectious and malignant diseases. A dual suicidal mechanism was installed in Leishmania via genetic [...]

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Open Access Editorial

Another Productive Year

Received: 13 January 2020;  Published: 14 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.genet.2001102


At the beginning of a new year it is always good to look both backwards and forwards and to highlight a few items that are relevant with respect to the long-term development of our journal. As everybody knows, the principle of open access publishing is that the authors pay fees (the article‐processi [...]

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