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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