Watson dings genetics, Irish, fellow Nobelist

by jeeg 27. March 2013 00:07
James Watson, who earned the Nobel Prize for helping figure out the structure of DNA, said Thursday that sequencing genes isn't proving to be particularly useful in fighting such diseases as cancer and that much of the research being done on the subject is irrelevant. Watson made the remarks during... [More]

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, the Sequel

by jeeg 25. March 2013 23:37
LAST week, scientists sequenced the genome of cells taken without consent from a woman named Henrietta Lacks. She was a black tobacco farmer and mother of five, and though she died in 1951, her cells, code-named HeLa, live on. They were used to help develop our most important vaccines and cancer med... [More]

Controversial guidelines suggest patients should be informed what risks lurk in their DNA

by jeeg 21. March 2013 23:32
Doctors who sequence a patient’s full set of genes for any medical reason should look for two dozen unrelated genetic conditions and tell the individual if they find any of them lurking in the DNA, according to a long-awaited report led by a medical geneticist from Boston. Released Th... [More]

DNA Test for Rare Disorders Becomes More Routine

by jeeg 19. February 2013 21:20
Debra Sukin and her husband were determined to take no chances with her second pregnancy. Their first child, Jacob, who had a serious genetic disorder, did not babble when he was a year old and had severe developmental delays. So the second time around, Ms. Sukin had what was then the most advan... [More]

New Newborn DNA Sequencing Research Project

by jeeg 1. November 2012 21:04
A new research project is aiming to determine ways that newborn DNA sequencing can be done most responsibly and effectively for the benefit of babies and their families. The project is led by Robert C. Green, a physician-scientist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Director ... [More]

Citing privacy concerns, U.S. panel urges end to secret DNA testing

by jeeg 11. October 2012 18:20
They're called discreet DNA samples, and the Elk Grove, California, genetic-testing company easyDNA says it can handle many kinds, from toothpicks to tampons.   Blood stains from bandages and tampons? Ship them in a paper envelope for paternity, ancestry or health testing. EasyDNA also ... [More]

Fetal genome sequenced without the father's DNA

by jeeg 5. July 2012 22:08
Who's your daddy? Clinicians seeking to pinpoint genetic diseases in developing fetuses may no longer need to know the identity of the father, thanks to a method for sequencing a fetus's genome using just a blood sample drawn from a pregnant woman.   Researchers have known for some time... [More]

Social Media, Genomics Driving Data Tsunami

by jeeg 22. February 2011 23:29
The social media wave is being followed by a big data tsunami.   Ok, the imagery is getting a little outlandish, but the flood of information that must be stored and analyzed is generating excitement, especially in Boston, where many in the tech world worry that they were at the beach w... [More]

Not Quite A Thousand Genomes

by jeeg 8. November 2010 22:23
It took about 10 years and almost $3 billion to sequence the first human genome. With current technology, it takes about 4-6 weeks and costs on the order of only $10,000 to $20,000 (or about $1 per gene for all 20,000 genes that make up our genomes). This dramatic reduction in costs is ongoing... [More]

Forbes: “soon you’ll be able to afford that genome sequence you’ve always wanted”

by jeeg 24. August 2010 05:37
              Ten years ago, mapping the human genome cost billions.  Now, a map of your genome could be your very own for as little as a thousand dollars!  Not that I’m one to question the powers that be, but see that downward dott... [More]
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