23andMe Rides Again: FDA Clears Genetic Tests To Predict Disease Risk

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 […]

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History of Next Generation Sequencing

Next generation sequencing (NGS), often referred to as massively parallel sequencing or deep sequencing, refers to a DNA sequencing technology that enables sequencing of millions of small DNA fragments in unison. This generates a massive pool of data and NGS has revolutionized genomic research studies. The data created can reach gigabytes in size (the equivalent […]

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Hilary Burton: Get on board with genomics—a call to all clinicians

Personalised medicine has become the “holy grail” of modern medical research and has been embraced by policy makers and healthcare providers as a route to more satisfied patients, more effective and efficient health services, potentially even reducing demand through more effective prediction and prevention of disease. But what do today’s health professionals make of this, […]

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DanteLabs review

Update: I got my results. For the second part of the review, please click here This Spring, European personal genetics company Dante Labs launched new direct-to-consumer certified DNA tests. The Dante Labs tests are based on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), which is superior to the micro-array technology used by some American direct to consumer ventures, […]

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2017 International DNA day

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 […]

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