Monthly Archives: March 2020

Chris Murray, IHME Director, Univ Washington, Seattle — modeling scenario for COVID-19 outcome

This email information was received today from Professor David Eaton, and we agreed that it be shared on these GEITP pages. Chris Murray [Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), University of Washington, Seattle] is among the … Continue reading

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Why the Coronavirus Has Been So Successful

This very recent article — from Atlantic Monthly — was recommended by a GEITP-er, to be shared with all of GEITP. Written in (more or less) lay terms, and modified for these GEITP pages, this essay should help us non-virologists … Continue reading

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Is the coronavirus less fatal than early predictions suggested?

This article is a sobering analysis of the hysterical hype that the media has whipped up, i.e. is this catastrophe really worth all the stock market crashes and rebounds, all the schools and restaurants and workplaces closing, etc. etc. etc….????????? … Continue reading

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Fast, portable tests come online to assess coronavirus pandemic

For those interested. This news came out just today in Nature Biotechnol. These GEITP pages changed the title from “online to curb” to “online to assess” — because it is not clear how the information of “COVID-19-positive” subjects versus “COVID-19-negative” … Continue reading

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Genome-wide Association Study for Vitamin D Levels Reveals 69 Independent Loci [IN THESE DAYS OF THIS COVID-19 PANDEMIC, SHOULD WE CONTINUE WITH GEITP?]

[I hadn’t realized the importance of this topic, given today’s pandemic.] 😉 There is a vast amount of medical literature and research — confirming the beneficial effects of vitamin D on the immune system, our ability to fight infections, and … Continue reading

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COVID-19 confirmed cases and deaths per day

This [ United States Coronavirus: 40,855 Cases and 483 Deaths – Worldometer ] might be an excellent web site — to follow the pandemic in the U.S. And for us scientists to try to determine when the peak will occur … Continue reading

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The proximal origin of HCoV-19 (also called SARS-CoV-2)

These GEITP pages have (mostly) stayed away from articles about “allergy” and “infectious disease” — simply because the topic of gene-environment interactions is already enormous, without going into those areas. ☹ However, given the extreme minute-by-minute interest by all of … Continue reading

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GWAS identifies Dapp1 as a determinant of air pollution-induced airway hyperreactivity !!

This topic obviously fits the gene-environment theme of these GEITP pages. The environmental signal is air pollutants, especially particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 μM (PM2.5) — which has been well studied as an ambient air pollutant linked to … Continue reading

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Evaluation of DNA methylation episignatures for diagnosis and phenotype correlations in 42 Mendelian neurodevelopmental disorders

As these GEITP pages have often discussed, any multifactorial trait (e.g. type-2 diabetes, hypertension, schizophrenia) reflects contributions of genetics (differences in DNA sequence), epigenetic effects (DNA changes without sequence differences), environmental factors, endogenous influences (existing conditions such as heart and … Continue reading

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Global warming is not settled science:

Global warming is not settled science: This appeared in The Oregonian, on July 13, 2014: Guest columnist D.W.Nebert, MD Daniel Nebert, MD, is professor emeritus at the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The 2013 report by the … Continue reading

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