“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"
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"