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 […]Read more "Biologists propose to sequence the DNA of all life on Earth"
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 […]Read more "Genomics is science, not a joke."
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 […]Read more "Why Personalised Medicine Should Be Available to All – Not Just the Rich and Famous"
It’s been 13 years since scientists “sequenced” or read the first complete genetic code of a human being. The effort took 13 years and cost about $1 billion. Today, scientists have sequenced more than 100,000 genomes, as these genetic codes are called, and the price is quickly approaching $1,000. It takes a few days to […]Read more "4 amazing things we’ve learned from genetics – and one big problem"
I never posted anything personal on this blog. It’s time to do publish a personal piece. A reader from Hungary (and likely future collaborator) asked me why I decided to write about genetics. Beyond being a scientist, so genetics is my bread and butter, my inspiration comes from the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting […]Read more "2011 Pulitzer Prize turned out to be my daily inspiration."
The mapping of the human genome, completed in 2003, cost $2.7 billion. Now the cost for an individual’s whole-genome sequencing (WGS) is $ 999 and falling fast. WGS is going to be as easy to get as a pregnancy test at the drugstore. To do the testing, lab technicians need less than a teaspoon of […]Read more "The DNA Dilemma: A Test That Could Change Your Life"
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 […]Read more "Our DNA Heritage and Our Health"