• Laura Hercher

  • Genome Culture: The Killer App

    May 14, 2018

    Two weeks ago, California police arrested a man believed to be the Golden State serial killer, long sought for a rape and murder spree that… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: A Personal Risk Score May Be the Next Big Thing in Genetic Medicine

    April 27, 2018

    Was the Human Genome Project a success? Yes! But also no. Genetics has become an effective tool to understand, diagnose, and treat disease, but it remains… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: The New Race Riot

    April 12, 2018

    A highbrow version of a race riot has broken out on the mean streets of The New York Times, Vox, Buzzfeed, and New York magazine…. Continue Reading »

  • Boxed Warning

    April 3, 2018

    Personalized medicine is a move away from one-size-fits-all health care in favor of decision-making that is algorithmically optimized for each individual. Paradoxically, this individualization process… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Redefining Health-Risk Testing

    March 22, 2018

    Recently, the FDA announced that consumer genetics pioneer 23andMe could begin telling customers if they test positive for one of three specific inherited mutations in… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Barbara Streisand Cloned Her Dog And Everyone Should Just Calm Down

    March 8, 2018

    I love dogs. I really, really love dogs. I sleep with my dog. I cook for my dog. Here is a picture of my dog…. Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: DNA Testing of Athletes, a Disaster in the Past, May Be Required of Future Olympians

    February 22, 2018

    The athletes in South Korea — twisting, turning, and dropping out of the sky — seem almost superhuman. Is it possible that they are? Is… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Young Women Are Freezing Their Eggs. Should Men Freeze Their Sperm?

    February 8, 2018

    I don’t know who coined the phrase “women get old and men get distinguished,” but it isn’t true. Mother Nature sayeth otherwise. Young women who… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Genetic Testing for Susceptibility to Opioid Addiction Is a Risky Business

    January 25, 2018

    Genetics professionals are skeptical about many tests that claim to predict complicated, genetically-mediated outcomes like what sport your child will excel at or which common… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Ohio Passes Law Banning Abortion Because of Down Syndrome

    January 11, 2018

    Last month in Ohio, a bill was signed into law that, as of March 1, makes it a felony to perform an abortion on a… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Genetics Fulfills Some Old Promises in 2017

    December 21, 2017

    For decades, genetics has been the science that cried wolf. Stem cell therapies were going to regenerate our aging body parts in the 1980s. Gene… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: How to Decide Which DNA Tests to Buy

    December 7, 2017

    ‘Tis the season for aggressive marketing campaigns, and my inbox is littered with ads from HomeDNA, a company I’d never heard of until it started… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: Welcoming in a New Era of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

    November 24, 2017

    For years, entrepreneurs have envisioned an industry based on direct-to-consumer genetic testing for the science-curious, the worried well, the fitbit wearers. They’ve watched the cost… Continue Reading »

  • Genome Culture: When Genetics’ Race Problem Rears Its Ugly Head

    November 9, 2017

    It may seem like a long time since white supremacists marched in the streets of Charlottesville. It may seem like decades must have passed, because… Continue Reading »

  • An Intro to Genome Culture

    October 25, 2017

    What will our high-tech future look like? Will it have less suffering? Will we be healthier? Will society be more fair, more just? Or will… Continue Reading »

  • The Ghettoization of Genetic Disease

    July 5, 2017

    Few medical technologies debuted with the explosive growth of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which went from nothing to a $1.19 billion global industry in four… Continue Reading »

  • Reality Check

    January 9, 2017

    Apolipoprotein E epsilon 4 (APOE e4) is the genomics equivalent of Kim Kardashian: a gene variant that seems to have developed a taste for the… Continue Reading »