• Treatment

    CRISPR Beta-Thalassemia Treatment Approved for Clinical Trial in Europe

    By Dyani Sabin · May 15, 2018 ·

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    Last month, a CRISPR Therapeutics clinical trial for beta-thalassemia was approved to start treating patients in Europe. The clinical trial is one of over a… Continue Reading »

  • LifestyleTechnology

    Genome Culture: The Killer App

    By Laura Hercher · May 14, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Research

    Funny Algorithm, Serious Science

    By Greg Uyeno · May 4, 2018 ·

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    Every week since the spring of 2005, The New Yorker magazine has run a caption contest. The magazine prints a single-panel comic with no words, and… Continue Reading »

  • Research

    Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment May Reduce the Risk of Parkinson’s

    By Heather Stringer · May 1, 2018 ·

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    While people with Parkinson’s disease have a multitude of drug options available to combat symptoms of the neurodegenerative disorder, medications that prevent the disease are… Continue Reading »

  • Genetics

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

    By Laura Hercher · April 27, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Lifestyle

    Fitness Helps Prevent Heart Disease, Even for Those with Genetic Risk Factors

    By Nicole Wetsman · April 25, 2018 ·

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    Exercise and physical activity are go-to recommendations from cardiologists hoping to reduce the risks of heart disease in their patients. Research shows that being generally fit… Continue Reading »

  • Research

    Categorizing Cancer

    By Abigail Fagan · April 23, 2018 ·

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    In 2006, the NIH launched a $300 million initiative called The Cancer Genome Atlas to create a dataset of genomic changes across an array of… Continue Reading »

  • Genetics

    More Than 100 Genes May Influence the Color of Your Coiffure

    By Devika G. Bansal · April 18, 2018 ·

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    Whether you sport a shock of flaming red hair, cascading blonde tresses, or no-nonsense black braids, the color of your mane is often a source… Continue Reading »

  • Column

    Genome Culture: The New Race Riot

    By Laura Hercher · April 12, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Genetics

    Human Genome Project Celebrates 15th Anniversary

    By Knvul Sheikh · April 5, 2018 ·

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    In April 2003, headlines around the world announced a momentous scientific achievement: the completion of the Human Genome Project. An international consortium of researchers had… Continue Reading »

  • Innovation

    Experimental Gene Test Shows Promise for Early Detection of Gynecologic Cancers

    By Sonya Collins · April 4, 2018 ·

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    Cervical cancer was once the number-one killer of women in the U.S. That all changed when the Pap test went into widespread use in the… Continue Reading »

  • Column

    Despite FDA Approvals of Direct-to-Consumer Tests, People Still Need to See Certified Genetic Counselors

    By Karen Powell · March 29, 2018 ·

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    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave the green light for direct-to-consumer testing company 23andMe to test for three mutations in the BRCA1 and… Continue Reading »

  • Research

    NASA Twin Study Shows Some Long-Term Changes in Astronaut Scott Kelly

    By Nicole Wetsman · March 28, 2018 ·

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    Scott Kelly holds the record for the longest consecutive time spent in space by an American astronaut. When he touched down to Earth in March… Continue Reading »

  • Column

    Genome Culture: Redefining Health-Risk Testing

    By Laura Hercher · March 22, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Treatment

    T-VEC Immunotherapy Targets Liver Cancer

    By Greg Uyeno · March 21, 2018 ·

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    Patients with liver cancer can find their options limited, especially in later stages when damaged tissue and tumor growth in mass or numbers can make… Continue Reading »

  • Lifestyle

    The First Direct-To-Consumer BRCA Cancer Gene Test Comes With Caveats

    By Dyani Sabin · March 15, 2018 ·

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    On Tuesday March 6, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first direct-to-consumer test that reports on BRCA1- and BRCA 2-related genetic risk for breast,… Continue Reading »

  • Research

    Aging Immune System May Explain Cancer Better Than Genetic Mutations

    By Lauren Arcuri · March 13, 2018 ·

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    The function of the body’s immune system deteriorates as we age, making us more susceptible to infection. Now, a study published in PNAS in February… Continue Reading »

  • Lifestyle

    Sorting out the ‘Sunshine Vitamin’

    By Jeanne Erdmann · March 12, 2018 ·

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    In the early 2000s, Rick Kittles, a geneticist at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, was curious about a study from researchers in the… Continue Reading »

  • Column

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

    By Laura Hercher · March 8, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Innovation

    From 13 Years to 20 Hours, Genome Sequencing Breaks Record

    By Abigail Fagan · March 1, 2018 ·

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    Sequencing the first human genome was a massive undertaking. The project cost $1 billion and lasted 13 years. But genetic technologies have progressed dramatically, and… Continue Reading »

  • Column

    What Genetic Testing Might Uncover About Your (And Your Family Members’) Heart Health

    By Ana Morales · February 28, 2018 ·

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    Genetic testing is at the forefront of technology that is used to help diagnose the main causes of heart disease. But is genetic testing really… Continue Reading »

  • Treatment

    Hemophilia Drug With Big Price Tag May Be Economical In the Long Run

    By Sonya Collins · February 27, 2018 ·

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    When new drugs receive the Food and Drug Administration’s green light to hit the market, excitement about the medical advancement is often tempered by sticker… Continue Reading »

  • Column

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

    By Laura Hercher · February 22, 2018 ·

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    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 »

  • Research

    Personalized Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Mice

    By Dyani Sabin · February 21, 2018 ·

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    A team of researchers has developed a vaccine in mice that they believe can be used to inoculate a person against cancer, even before tumors… Continue Reading »

  • Lifestyle

    Company Launches First Microbiome Counselor Program

    By Kendall K. Morgan · February 19, 2018 ·

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    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 »