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Aicardi Syndrome: Genome Sequencing Illuminates Another Rare Disease

As my inbox fills with ever more updates on the number of human genomes sequenced and the plummeting time and cost of next next next generation sequencing, I find myself hitting delete more and more often. Instead, I’m drawn to … Continue reading » The post Aicardi Syndrome: Genome Sequencing Illuminates Another Rare Disease appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Taskmastering

For the summer I have been fortunate to be assigned (read: saddled) with a high school intern. It turns out this kid kicks ass and has been nothing less than a pleasure, making reevaluate my dim view of summer interns. My goal from day one was to make them fairly autonomous but giving them a […]

The equality of pain

No one has the right answer! Everyone's proposals to fix the NIH funding situation boils down to give money to folks like "me" and fuck everyone else. So I have to agree with Odyssey's premise, maybe the current system is as good as we get. Maybe, the current system just cannot function properly when it […]

When Celebrities Suddenly Care About Rare Diseases

I have followed, in awe, the tireless efforts of families that have rare genetic diseases to raise awareness and funds. Bake sales and bike races, balls and raffles, exhausting and all-consuming. But these efforts pale when a performer or other … Continue reading » The post When Celebrities Suddenly Care About Rare Diseases appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Post Ph.D. transition to Postdoc

So now that I'm ensconced in my new position as a postdoc, I felt it was time to talk about the post Ph.D. Transition. The last few months of my Ph.D. program felt like a wild ride. It also felt so far removed from the rest of my experiences in grad school. 1. Thesis Writing: I […]

“Genes in Space” Student Winners Announced

I thought for sure some of us would be living on the moon, or beyond, by now. In the late 1960s, it was easy for a kid to believe that. For many families back then, a launch was a special … Continue reading » The post “Genes in Space” Student Winners Announced appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Why Do Healthy People Have Harmful Mutations?

“NIH researchers pilot predictive medicine by studying healthy people’s DNA,” read the headline of a news release yesterday. The news release, about intriguing new findings from the ClinSeq program at the National Human Genome Research...Show More Summary

Can We Cure Huntington’s Disease?

I didn’t cry until page 123 of Lisa Genova’s terrific new novel Inside the O’Briens. That’s when 44-year-old Boston police officer Joe O’Brien tells his four young adult offspring that his “weird temper”; his frequent toe-tapping, shoulder-shifting, and eyebrow lifting; … Continue reading » The post Can We Cure Huntington’s Disease? appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

DNA Profiling of Cat Waste

“Bring in a stool sample,” says the vet. But that’s not so easy in a multi-cat household. I recently faced this problem when I adopted our fourth cat, Panda. Researching the issue, I found only one website that addresses the … Continue reading » The post DNA Profiling of Cat Waste appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Gene Therapy for Blindness Works!

The news this week presented at a major vision conference and published in The New England Journal of Medicine about gene therapy to treat childhood blindness paints an unnecessarily grim picture. Because I wrote a book about it and know affected families, … Continue reading » The post Gene Therapy for Blindness Works! appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

AGTC Tackles 3 Eye Diseases with Gene Therapy

September will be 25 years since the first gene therapy experiment, and FDA approval is finally in sight. Several gene therapies are approaching the finish line, awaiting results from comparisons to existing therapies and analyses of long-term efficacy. Among the … Continue reading » The post AGTC Tackles 3 Eye Diseases with Gene Therapy appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Adventures in Stem Cell Land

Two weeks ago a neurologist asked me to blog about a US-based company that is offering stem cell treatments, because it had raised hopes among some of his patients. Intrigued because I cover  “stem cell tourism” in my bioethics class and … Continue reading » The post Adventures in Stem Cell Land appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Assessing Breast Cancer Risk: Beyond the Angelina Effect

On April 30 at 7:30 PM,  I’ll be part of a panel on Health Link with Benita Zahn, WMHT TV, to discuss the genetics behind the “Angelina Jolie effect” that has catalyzed testing for the BRCA mutations that increase risk for breast … Continue reading » The post Assessing Breast Cancer Risk: Beyond the Angelina Effect appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Leroy Stevens: Fairwell to The Unsung Hero of Stem Cell Research

Yesterday a Google Alert popped up with a blast from my past, an obituary for Jackson Lab researcher Leroy C. Stevens. It quoted me calling him “The unsung hero of stem cell research” in an article I wrote 15 years ago … Continue reading » The post Leroy Stevens: Fairwell to The Unsung Hero of Stem Cell Research appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Happy Festivus 2014 edition

Break out the Festivus Pole its time for the annual Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength. "Festivus for the rest of us!"

The Hunt for Red October....er...postdocs--is over!

I found a great lab with good folks, great ideas, and stable funding.  I'll be starting there soon and sent out my unfortunate Dear John letter's to the labs that I didn't choose.  I felt bad about all but one of them, the outlier was a major douche and a bit of nasty bastard to even […]

Thesis Writing Tips...I need them

I'm in the throws of writing my Ph.D. thesis right now and could use any tips.  I mean anything, crazy ass endnote tricks, how to deal with the boredom, etc.   I already got pissed off at my laptop for being slow and maxed the hell out of the RAM, so now its running like […]

Endings & beginnings

Update: Comments enabled now! Until further notice this is my last post as a blogger at Discover Magazine. This shouldn’t impact regular readers. As always you can follow me by going to: My feed, http://feeds.feedburner.com/RazibKhansTotalFeed...Show More Summary

The Hunt for Red October...err postdocs (Pro-Tip Edition)

Just some thoughts as I'm rolling through interviews: 1.  Don't wear jeans and wrinkled t-shirt on the day of your interview. (Not me, someone else interviewing in the lab next door). 2.  If you are presenting from your laptop, please bring VGA and DVI adaptors (Like I do).  Invariably they don't have the one you […]

The Hunt for Red October...err postdocs

So far my postdoc search has been quite pleasant to say the least.  Everyone I have contacted has gotten back to me and even if they didn't have a spot in their lab, they are recommending good folks who do or are telling me their future timelines when they could pick someone up.  I've even […]

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