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"
Also this year Rare Disease Day takes place on the last day of February. The main objective of Rare Disease Day is to raise awareness amongst the general public and decision-makers about rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives. Since Rare Disease Day was first launched by EURORDIS in 2008, thousands of events have […]Read more "Rare disease day: With research, possibilities are limitless"
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 […]Read more "The 100,000 Genomes Project: the new genomic medicine service for the NHS"
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 […]Read more "3 reasons why genetics will dramatically change healthcare in the near future."