The human microbiome — meaning all of our microbes’ genes — will reshape theconsumerization of personalized medicine and diet. Following the human genome project, technological advancements have brought us much closer to acute precision in disease diagnosis and treatment. How will microbiomes reshape what we eat? Earlier this year, two researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science published the results of a study from the Personalized Nutrition Project that looks […]Read more "HOW THE MICROBIOME WILL LEAD A REVOLUTION IN THE CONSUMERIZATION OF PERSONALIZED MEDICINE AND DIET"
Some weeks ago, I bought a Dante Labs Whole Exome Genetic testing. (click here for the first part of the review). Finally I received my results: Dante Labs sent me an e-mail with the instructions to download the report. I like to think to myself as a rational person, however the moment of the clicking […]Read more "Dante Labs Review: Second Part"
Egyptian mummies are back in style at the summer box office — and in genetics labs. A study of genetic blueprints from 90 mummies repairs the frayed reputation of sarcophagus occupants as sources of ancient DNA. And it reveals evidence of a hookup history with foreigners from the east. An Egyptian mummy served up the […]Read more "Mummy DNA unveils the history of ancient Egyptian hookups"
With Summer and the promise of warmer weather around the corner, it’s time to start putting away our winter coats and unpack our summer apparel. If you’re like me, you’re wondering if you still fit into last year’s summer outfits and, even more dreadful, if work is required to shed that unwanted winter weight. On […]Read more "Losing weight – do your genes play a role?"
I am often confounded by the realities of 2016. We have apps that can get you food in minutes, Star Wars films that look more realistic than ever before, and access to the endless expanse of human knowledge that is the World Wide Web. But of all the signals that have forced me to acknowledge […]Read more "We tried 23andMe’s genetic test, and there’s so much you can learn about yourself from a small vial of spit"
Whole genome sequencing (WGS), which is the process of determining an organism’s complete DNA sequence, can be used to identify DNA anomalies that cause disease. Identifying disease-causing DNA abnormalities allows clinicians to better predict an effective course of treatment for the patient. Now, in a series of recent studies, scientists at the University of Missouri […]Read more "Rare feline genetic disorders identified through whole genome sequencing at MU"
DNA day is celebrated on April 25, 2017. DNA Day commemorates the day in 1953 when James Watson, Francis Crick, Maurice Wilkins, Rosalind Franklin and colleagues published papers in the journal Nature on the structure of DNA. It celebrates the discovery and understanding of DNA and the scientific advances that understanding has made possible. In […]Read more "2017 International DNA day"
“Angela was unique. She was a trendsetter … one in a million. The disease that took her was one in a million. Even in death, she stood out from the crowd.” These poignant words are from the eulogy for 22-year-old Angela Anderson, a young woman who was taken too soon by a rare genetic condition […]Read more "NIH probes the genome to understand severe drug reaction"
Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research. Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening in the body more than a decade before cancer is diagnosed. They found that the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes, which prevent DNA damage, […]Read more "New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops"
A revolutionary approach to treating cancer using DNA tests can shrink tumors at six times the rates of conventional medicine. Experts said the promise shown by “precision medicine” was “the most exciting thing since chemotherapy” meaning that in future, patients could be saved by £200 gene tests. It could mean around one in three women who currently undergo grueling […]Read more "Most exciting cancer treatment since chemotherapy could save patients using DNA tests"