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family history: human genes are the instructions for your body development

Family history: It’s an important part of your health

"We can’t change our genetics, but we can change behavior"
SHN Staff SHN Staff 6 min read
Kevin Francis, who studies Batten disease, sits in a corner of his lab area.

Researcher feels urgency, knowing families who need help

Kevin Francis, Ph.D., studies fatal childhood Batten disease at Sanford Research
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
KCNMA1: A young girl with a KNCMA1 gene mutation smiles as her mother smooths her hair.

Netflix ‘Diagnosis’ family searches for rare disease clues

A medical mystery in South Dakota is part of a new documentary series
Katie Foutz Katie Foutz 7 min read
Friedreich's ataxia rare disease Raena Brendtro and Dan Brendtro petting thier dog, Luca

Man fundraises for research-study inspiration: his daughter

Friedreich's ataxia can't be stopped yet, but two men have formed a bond trying
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 37 min read
Golfer in silhouette swings a golf club on artificial turf surrounded by snow.

Looking for another reason to get in a round of golf?

Study shows it helps reduce chances of early death in older adults
SHN Staff SHN Staff 7 min read
Dr. Michelle Baack and Dr. Randy Raustino sit at a table with a laptop open as they look over heart research information.

Heart research: Two lab leaders share common goal, spirit

Dr. Michelle Baack, Dr. Randy Faustino on collaborative, complementary paths
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 18 min read
Lisa MacFadden stands in front of a Sanford Sports Science Institute sign. She serves as director of the institute.

Lisa MacFadden makes research look like a game

Biomechanical engineer oversees studies on golf, other sports for Sanford Health
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 16 min read
Hands Holding A Smartphone . Central Park,Manhattan, New York City US

Research group studies eating disorders, weight loss surgery

Center for Biobehavioral Research surveys patients remotely, in real time
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 11 min read
Jasmine Johnson, a Sanford PROMISE Scholar, works with lab equipment at Sanford Research.

Cells — and fun — fill high school PROMISE Scholar’s summer

Jasmine Johnson learned more about research and herself by working in lab
Jane Thaden Lawson Jane Thaden Lawson 29 min read
Genetic counselor Bethany Tucker holds a file folder while discussing the gene-editing tool CRISPR with a colleague in a genetics lab. Another colleague sits at a lab bench, facing away from the camera.

Rewriting human DNA: The evolution of engineering genes

CRISPR is a genetic cut and paste tool, say Sanford genetic counselors
Ashley Schwab Ashley Schwab 9 min read