Perfect DNA is a novel that uses Dr. Manuel Corpas’ own experiences and expertise as genome scientist to begin exploring some challenging genetic issues. The idea is to show how the genome technology is going to affect healthcare in the mid 2030’s. The main protagonist is John Malcolm, a forty-something accountant based in London. The […]Read more "The true character is the future in Manuel Corpas’ “Perfect DNA”"
The plummeting prices in sequencing has triggered an exponential growth in the generation of genomic datasets. Currently it is very difficult for search engines such as Google to index data in the biomedical domain. How do we make data from this domain findable by search engines? A group of developers and scientists have gathered on […] […]Read more "Getting Google to find Human Genome Datasets"
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"
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"
Gene-based treatments for eye diseases advance in the battle against blindness and related life-threatening conditions Genetic research into eye diseases is important; heritable eye diseases are a major cause of blindness among children and working-age adults. Genetic insights into more common eye diseases matter too, since they increasingly affect an ageing population; around two million […]Read more "Looking good: genomic-based approaches in eye disease"
Legislators in Europe and US are spending energies and resources to produce pages of regulations aiming at protecting the “sensitive information” encoded in our DNA. Is this a sign of politicians being up to date and reacting fast to protect citizens’ rights? Or are these regulations just another way to decrease the common people’s freedom […]Read more "Is privacy more important than health…or what’s the trick?"
We live in the genomic era. Everyday we hear stories about how genes affect our health, our behaviour, our strength. The genomic achievements of the last twenty years are amazing. There is more to come. Today, knowledge of genetics is essential to shape our health. Genetics is a weapon. Now we need to learn how […]Read more "Genetics is humanity’s most poweful gun, we have to pull the trigger"
We share a common passion for science and a strong desire to make genetics accessible to everyone spreading its knowledge all over the world Why DNA Melody? Because the complexity and the beauty of the genome are the same of a complex symphony. Genes, like musical notes, must flow in harmony, must generate a harmony […]Read more "The melody of our DNA"