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Rare Gene Mutations May Be Affecting Energy Levels In ME/CFS

Thursday 20 June 2019


From Health Rising:


The Hudson Alpha team is doing sophisticated
genetic analyses not used in ME/CFS before.

Rare Gene Mutations May Be Affecting Energy Levels in ME/CFS

June 2, 2019
Copyright © 2019 Health Rising.

Dr. Camille Birch has a PhD in biomedical engineering and hails from the Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology at Huntsville, Alabama. Hudson Alpha, only 11 years old, is one of those new biotechnology efforts that’s using sophisticated bioinformatics to understand how our genes affect our health.

Dr. Liz Worthey and Dr. Birch believed that genetic mutations in ME/CFS might be altering metabolic pathways and causing an “unstable cellular energy state” in ME/CFS. They’re using a variety of algorithms, including one called “custom network analysis”, to examine all sorts of genomic abnormalities (single nucleotide substitutions, structural variants, fusion products, expanded tandem repeats, and variants in regulatory regions). (Yes, our genome is very complex…)

The type of ME/CFS you have, they think, might depend on which metabolic pathways your genetic mutations are whacking. Boy, does it appear that they hit that nail on the head in this study.

It should be noted that the SMCI, which funded this work, did not go to them – this genetics team went to the SMCI. Dr. Birch, who has a family member with ME/CFS, checked out past ME/CFS studies, decided genetics might very well play a role, got the OK to submit her grant proposal to the SMCI – and now a new research team is working in this field.

If you tend to roll your eyes when someone talks about genetics, definitely watch this fascinating webinar.


Full article…



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