• Laura Hercher

  • 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 »