• Heather Millar

  • Mind Over Matter

    April 3, 2018

    Linda Tucker spent most of her career in corporate America. But with the 2008 economic downturn, she decided to follow her life’s passion: caregiving for… Continue Reading »

  • The Wild West of Vaginal Microbiome Testing

    December 18, 2017

    I’m sitting with about a dozen other women around a table in a biotech startup office south of Market Street in San Francisco, California. We’re… Continue Reading »

  • A Brand-New Class of RNAi Drugs Breaks Through

    November 14, 2017

    Rare diseases affect about 25 to 30 million Americans. There are more than 6,800 rare disorders, and the vast majority of them don’t have treatments…. Continue Reading »

  • MTHFR: Hope or Hype?

    March 30, 2017

    Last spring, a woman in her early 30s came into the office of Jay Flanagan, a genetic counselor in a reproductive clinic at Sanford Health… Continue Reading »

  • The Small World of Organs On Chips

    April 5, 2016

    The baby just admitted to the cardiology department at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City was very, very sick. Because of a defect… Continue Reading »

  • Advances in Transplantation

    January 11, 2016

    Steven Webber is a pediatric heart transplant surgeon at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. When he started his… Continue Reading »

  • Watson Wins Jeopardy! Can It Beat Cancer?

    September 30, 2015

    Imagine you’re an oncologist practicing in a community hospital in, say, North Dakota. Because our evolving understanding is that cancer is essentially a genetic disease,… Continue Reading »

  • Decoding Autism

    July 5, 2015

    Jenn Drohan remembers being so thrilled when her son Max developed normally: He smiled, sat up, and crawled. Then he walked. He babbled. Then he… Continue Reading »

  • Bridging the Gap

    March 30, 2015

    John Illis, 77, spent most of his life in Detroit, working on the railroad and raising a family. Then he and his wife retired to… Continue Reading »

  • Citizen Scientists Unite

    November 24, 2014

    A few years ago, patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) used Google to translate an Italian conference abstract suggesting that lithium… Continue Reading »

  • The Changing Face of Clinical Trials

    August 24, 2014

    The oncologist, who runs a community practice in an affluent part of Florida, felt frustrated. “I’m trying to get my patients in clinical trials. I… Continue Reading »

  • How Personalized Medicine Is Changing: Breast Cancer

    April 3, 2014

    In 2011, a 52-year-old runner and yoga enthusiast walked into the office of Monica Loghin, a neuro-oncologist at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, complaining... Continue Reading »