Blog Posts (18)
November 26, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
For those on the cutting edge (or as we called it in tech journalism, “the bleeding edge”) of science, the Human Genome Project’s promise could be found in home genetic testing.…
November 14, 2013
This blog has carried posts about the development of non-invasive prenatal testing for chromosomal or genetic abnormalities. Because some DNA of a fetus (unborn baby) circulates in the mother’s bloodstream, it is now possible to identify genetic ab...
September 15, 2013
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The National Institutes of Health wants to know the DNA of our babies. The government is not looking to diagnose babies and help them live better lives.…
May 6, 2013
Nanette Elster, JD, MPH
With Mother’s Day rapidly approaching, I can’t help but reflect upon my own journey to motherhood, which began as a solo endeavor with an anonymous sperm donor due to an infertility diagnosis at 30. This time of year always makes me a bit reflective about what titles like mom and dad, mother and father actually mean. I often hear about “biological dads,” “real father,” etc., and this makes my head spin.…
April 17, 2013
Craig Klugman, PhD
In 1994, researchers at the University of Utah discovered that mutations in the genes BRCA1 and 2 correlated with higher rates of breast and ovarian cancer.…
March 30, 2013
[The Guardian] Research involving 1,000 scientists finds scores of genetic markers that identify people most likely to develop diseases
A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS in the wake of a huge internatio...
February 19, 2013
[The New York Review of Books] Can genes be patented? This spring, the Supreme Court will hear a case that may well decide the question, and the consequences for American biomedicine could be huge. Over three years ago, in May 2009, the American Civil ...
January 25, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
The 1000 Genomes Project has collected anonymous DNA samples from people all over the world. By looking at this massive data set, the project hopes to discover genetic components of diseases or traits.…
October 24, 2012
This month’s issue includes a target article on whether or not to disclose research results from whole-exome sequencing to relatives of a family member who has died.…
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December 16, 2013 6:01 pm
Alana Saarinen sat at the piano, playing smoothly and with feeling. Behind her, plastic toys shared floor space with a book of plays she’d been writing. Her mother beamed.
December 16, 2013 2:04 pm
Scientists have discovered a second code hiding within DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in DNA and interpret mutations to make sense of health and disease.
December 15, 2013 2:03 pm
A King County jury awarded $50 million to a couple whose son was born with profound mental and physical disabilities after concluding that Valley Medical Center and LabCorp mishandled a genetic test.
December 5, 2013 2:02 pm
23andMe, the Google-backed direct-to-consumer genetic testing provider, has suspended its health-related genetic testing in response to FDA’s November 22, 2013 Warning Letter.
December 3, 2013 2:51 pm
Publisher withdraws paper despite authors’ objections, citing weak evidence.
November 25, 2013 2:07 pm
The Google Inc.-backed DNA analysis company was told by U.S. regulators to halt sales of its main product because it’s being sold without marketing clearance or approval.
November 21, 2013 7:40 pm
Native Americans have closer genetic ties to people in Eurasia, the Middle East and Europe than previously believed, according to new research on a 24,000-year-old human bone.
November 20, 2013 3:04 pm
Two devices aid in screening and diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.
November 12, 2013 2:44 pm
People suffering from depression may be aging faster than other people, according to a new study from the Netherlands.
November 4, 2013 2:14 pm
Wonder what’s going on inside your microbiome? Artist Ben Arthur gives NPR an illustrated tour.
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