• Maureen Salamon

  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Genetics

    April 3, 2018

    It was an unlikely group in an unusual setting posing previously unasked questions about once-unheard-of scientific advances. Crammed into a conference room one floor above... Continue Reading »

  • Mind Games

    January 2, 2018

    Computer games have been part of Janet Perry’s life for so long that her grown children refer to them as “Mother’s silly games.” But the... Continue Reading »

  • Decoding the Immune System

    October 29, 2017

    If there were a clock heralding Helen Naylor’s blood donations, it would ring precisely every eight weeks. For the last decade, the 47-year-old genetics researcher… Continue Reading »

  • Turning the Tide

    March 30, 2017

    For Guthrie Ducheneaux, any skepticism about the need for American Indians to embrace research and share resulting data died along with his sister. Nine years… Continue Reading »

  • Profiling Cancer’s DNA

    January 9, 2017

    While vacationing at her son’s Florida home in February 2014, Vita O’Kane found it impossible to enjoy her midwinter getaway because of her nonstop cough…. Continue Reading »

  • Rite of Passage

    September 29, 2016

    Anna Simonsen-Meehan felt robbed. Advised by doctors to plan a cesarean delivery for her first child, she had wanted desperately to give birth naturally. But… Continue Reading »

  • Genetic Testing for Athletic Ability

    June 23, 2016

    Emily Hu had always considered herself a mediocre athlete. Short legs made her a terrible runner, she says, and poor upper body strength made pull-ups… Continue Reading »

  • The Ultimate Selfie

    April 5, 2016

    Michael Snyder never saw it coming. Healthy, trim, and active at age 54, the Stanford geneticist decided to undergo whole genome sequencing (WGS) in 2010,… Continue Reading »

  • Clinic for Special Children

    January 11, 2016

    The first clue that Dawn Sensenig’s fifth pregnancy was different from the rest was her enormous belly. Carrying so large in her last trimester that… Continue Reading »

  • Genes That Protect You From Disease

    September 30, 2015

    With a maternal family history crackling with stories of batty, addle-brained aunts and uncles who all died in their mid-50s, Doug Whitney knew that early… Continue Reading »