Biologists propose to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth

WASHINGTON, D.C.—When it comes to genome sequencing, visionaries like to throw around big numbers: There’s the UK Biobank, for example, which promises to decipher the genomes of 500,000 individuals, or Iceland’s effort to study the genomes of its entire human population. Yesterday, at a meeting here organized by the Smithsonian Initiative on Biodiversity Genomics and the […]

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Genomics is science, not a joke.

In 2003, before Facebook and the iPhone, the first human genome was sequenced. The cost was$3 billion. While Facebook and smartphones have become everyday tools, DNA sequencing rapidly evolved from an expensive process into a quick, reliable, relatively cheap and widely used predictive tool that provides insights on diseases and personalized treatments. Soon, DNA sequencing […]

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Why Personalised Medicine Should Be Available to All – Not Just the Rich and Famous

Angelina Jolie’s recent article in the New York Times gave a touching insight into her decision to go through a second round of preventive surgery, this time to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to prevent the risk of contracting ovarian cancer. Jolie carried a mutation in the BRCA1 gene, revealed by a simple blood […]

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Our DNA Heritage and Our Health

Our bodies have a wonderful collection of genes and chromosomes that make up our very own distinct DNA in each of us.  Our DNA is like a fingerprint; it’s only unique to you and no one else’s matches yours.  Yes there are heriditary sequencing from our parents and family but that’s only a part of […]

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The 100,000 Genomes Project: the new genomic medicine service for the NHS

In April 2003 one of the most significant scientist breakthroughs of modern time was announced. After years of painstaking research carried out by thousands of dedicated scientists across the world, the complete genetic code of human being – their genome – could now be published. In the UK, this great discovery turns out being a […]

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3 reasons why genetics will dramatically change healthcare in the near future.

A growing understanding of human genetics holds the promise to dramatically change healthcare through customized preventative care and treatments. Our health dictated by our genetics: The percentage of our health dictated by our genetics and the faction by behavior and environment depends on individual diseases. Some diseases are entirely genetic and they are called 100 […]

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