Sequencing of the exome – the protein-encoding parts of all the genes – is beginning to dominate the genetics journals as well as headlines, thanks to its ability to diagnose the formerly undiagnosable. The 2011 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting honored the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel’s coverage of a 4-year-old whose intestinal disorder was finally diagnosed […]Read more "10 Things Exome Sequencing Can t Do-but Why It s Still Powerful"
Every time a cell divides, there is a chance for a mutation (mistake) to occur in the DNA – the substance that carries genetic information in all living organisms. These mutations can lead to cancer. If all cells have a similar chance of developing cancer-causing mutations, then very large and long-lived animals with more cells […]Read more "Can the evolution of elephants show us how to treat, prevent cancer?"
New research suggests that salivary molecules hold potential as realistic diagnostic biomarkers in a bid to tackle Alzheimer’s disease.The study carried out by investigators at the Beaumont Research Institute and published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, reveals that spit could potentially provide clues to the future of brain health. Currently, Alzheimer’s has no cure, […]Read more "Spit Could Provide Clues to Brain Health"
Dr. Colby’s vision can be summarized in three words – PREDICT, PREVENT, PREVAIL. If science can predict the diseases for which you and your loved ones are at increased risk, we can take action to try to prevent them even before they arise. And if we can prevent disease, we prevail. Genetic technology now makes […]Read more "Outsmart your genes"
23andMe, a genetic testing startup that captured the national imagination a decade ago, appears to have fully emerged from the wilderness. The Food and Drug Administration has cleared the startup to market $199 genetic tests that will tell consumers not whether they have a condition like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s, but how likely they might be to […]Read more "23andMe Rides Again: FDA Clears Genetic Tests To Predict Disease Risk"
We’ve entered a new phase in the history of whole genome sequencing (WGS). Consider that researchers at University of Toronto just launched a massive project to sequence the whole genomes of 10,000 people per year. This is truly astounding when you recall that it took 13 years and $3 billion to sequence the first human […]Read more "The genomics intelligence revolution"
It was when my future wife came to visit me in America for the first time that I learned she detested whiskey, or more specifically Scotch whisky, the most popular spiritous liquor of her native Portugal. After some questioning, I suggested she try some Kentucky bourbon. Liking it, she declared, “But this isn’t whisky!” Some […]Read more "Do you Like Whiskey? Maybe It’s Your Genes"