• Kendall K. Morgan

  • Sign of the Times

    April 3, 2018

    Thirty-eight-year-old Danijela Djureinovic recently celebrated one of the most important milestones of her life, though it surely wasn’t one she would ever have wished for... Continue Reading »

  • Company Launches First Microbiome Counselor Program

    February 19, 2018

    The trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in the healthy human gut, vagina, and other parts of the body play a crucial role… Continue Reading »

  • Early Results for Gene-Silencing Huntington’s Drug ‘Exceed Expectations’

    January 15, 2018

    Last month, Ionis Pharmaceuticals announced the long-awaited results of a clinical trial designed to test the safety and tolerability of a gene-silencing drug called IONIS-HTTRx… Continue Reading »

  • Genome in a Bottle

    January 2, 2018

    You don’t have to spend much time with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s catalog of Standard Reference Materials (SRMs) to realize it’s a… Continue Reading »

  • Hunt to Stop a Killer

    October 29, 2017

    In the early stages, a person suffering from Huntington’s disease (HD) might not seem so different from anyone else having a pretty bad day. Early... Continue Reading »

  • Turning Point

    October 29, 2017

    Stefanie Joho found out that cancer ran in her family in her early teens, when her 44-year-old mother got sick with colon cancer. A genetic... Continue Reading »

  • Of Gut Microbes, Jet Lag, and Weight Gain

    October 27, 2017

    Microbes living in the guts of both people and animals can make all the difference when we (or they) step on the scale. “If you… Continue Reading »

  • FDA Approves First Gene Therapy for Leukemia

    October 24, 2017

    In April 2012, Emily Whitehead became the first pediatric patient ever to receive experimental, genetically modified T cells to treat her life-threatening acute lymphoblastic leukemia… Continue Reading »

  • CRISPR Comes to the Clinic

    July 5, 2017

    Lake Wright was born in Winchester, England, on March 4, 1999. At five and a half pounds, he seemed perfect, in the way newborn babies... Continue Reading »

  • A Shot Against Cancer?

    March 30, 2017

    If Cheryl Reinhart hadn’t been in the habit of sleeping on her stomach, she’s pretty sure she never would have noticed the grapefruit-size lump growing... Continue Reading »

  • Genomic Medicine Beyond Borders

    January 9, 2017

    Search for news of “Stevens-Johnson syndrome” and you’ll find a handful of cautionary tales that read a lot more like horror stories. There’s the toddler… Continue Reading »

  • The Next Pandemic

    September 29, 2016

    Above: A closeup of the Ebola virus, isolated in a patient’s blood sample. When you consider them individually, viruses don’t seem like much to fear… Continue Reading »

  • The Price We Pay

    June 23, 2016

    When Mindy Brayman’s son Jack was born in 2002, he seemed perfectly healthy. But by the time he turned 6 months old, it was clear… Continue Reading »

  • Going to the Dogs

    April 5, 2016

    To say that dogs hold a special place in American life is putting it mildly. The U.S. is home to about 70 million pet dogs,… Continue Reading »

  • Brave New World

    January 11, 2016

    Imagine if doctors could correct a cataract, for instance, not by using a scalpel or laser to perform surgery, but rather by sending off miniature… Continue Reading »

  • Traces of the Past

    September 30, 2015

    In the winter of 1944 and stretching into 1945, with the end of World War II still months away, millions of people in the German-occupied… Continue Reading »

  • Are Antibiotics Making Us Fat?

    July 6, 2015

    It’s no secret that America has a weight problem. According to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, more than a third of... Continue Reading »

  • Rocking the Ages

    March 30, 2015

    Above: Zilpha 101 years old Los Angeles, California “I don’t feel like I am 100 years old. I still live on my own, in the... Continue Reading »

  • Food as Medicine

    November 24, 2014

    People are obsessed with food. We love to eat it and to cook it. We also love to worry about how much of it we... Continue Reading »

  • Diagnosis Unknown

    November 24, 2014

    When Beatrice Rienhoff was born in 2003 following an uneventful, full-term pregnancy, she was breathing well and had good color and muscle tone. She was... Continue Reading »

  • Patterns of Disease

    August 24, 2014

    What if you could get an idea about the genes you carry, along with predictions about what your health might be in the future —... Continue Reading »