• Kevin Davies

    Kevin Davies is the author of Cracking the Genome and The $1,000 Genome. He is publisher of Chemical & Engineering News, published by the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C.

  • Not That Far From the Tree

    January 2, 2018

    In 2000 I traveled to Iceland, lured not by the breathtaking landscape (featured in numerous television and film productions, including Game of Thrones) but by… Continue Reading »

  • The Chronicles of CRISPR

    October 27, 2017

    According to Change Agent, a much-anticipated new book, in the not-too-distant future geneticists will use a revolutionary gene-editing technology called CRISPR to engineer pinpoint corrections… Continue Reading »

  • The Pied Piper

    July 13, 2017

    Twenty-five years ago I opened the newest issue of Science magazine and almost fell off my chair. A little-known scientist named Craig Venter had published… Continue Reading »

  • The Holy Grail of Liquid Biopsies

    June 23, 2016

    Imagine going for your annual medical checkup a few years from now. Your doctor requests a blood sample for the usual routine screening — cholesterol,… Continue Reading »

  • Seven Billion Genomes

    January 11, 2016

    Last August, Facebook passed a major milestone when 1 billion people logged into the social networking site in 24 hours. That’s an extraordinary statistic, considering… Continue Reading »

  • Confessions of a Hollywood Genetics Consultant

    September 30, 2015

    Twenty-five years ago this fall, Mary-Claire King and her colleagues made one of the great discoveries in genetics research: mapping the location of a gene… Continue Reading »

  • Putting the You in Therapeutics

    June 29, 2015

    I have to admit I’ve been a huge fan of 23andMe since, well, the beginning. In the summer of 2007, my former colleague Chris Anderson,… Continue Reading »

  • Medicine, To Be Precise

    March 30, 2015

    For years, we have been teased with the promise of a new era of rationally designed, tailor-made medicines targeted to a specific glitch in our… Continue Reading »

  • Gems and Genomics

    August 24, 2014

    Every summer, legions of tourists flock to Washington, D.C., to tour the famous monuments, museums, and attractions in the nation’s capital. Many will queue to… Continue Reading »

  • Cheaper, Better, Faster, Stronger

    April 2, 2014

    In January, the CEO of genome-sequencing company Illumina, Jay Flatley, made a stunning announcement at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco. Introducing his… Continue Reading »