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Midsummer Updates at DNA Science

Summer is half over, so I thought I’d update a few posts. EMAN IN LIBERIA A year ago, I frantically wrote about my young friend in Liberia, Emmanuel Gokpolu, and his pleas to help stop Ebola. Emmanuel and his loved ones … Continue reading » The post Midsummer Updates at DNA Science appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

Is Wayward Pines Genetically Plausible?

Tonight is the final episode, ever, of Wayward Pines, the 10-episode FOX television show that’s the best sci-fi I’ve seen since the X-Files. The series, based on a trilogy by Blake Crouch, has a seemingly simple set-up. Random people, except … Continue reading » The post Is Wayward Pines Genetically Plausible? appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

“Saving Eliza” Campaign Helps Another Child

Valerie Byers had long suspected that her son Will’s diagnosis of autism was wrong. So when she saw a clip on the homepage of the Today Show about a little girl named Eliza, in late February, she knew instantly that 5-year-old … Continue reading » The post “Saving Eliza” Campaign Helps Another Child appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

With all the hubbub about postdoc pay...

I think I might need that $8k to purchase a license for Ingenuity Pathway Analysis. Goddamn that stuff is not cheap.

Hannah’s Hair – Why Traits Matter

It’s an unacknowledged law of nature that whatever the texture of a girl’s hair, she wants the opposite. For years I wrapped my tangles around soup cans and around my head, squished it under irons, and subjected it to stinky … Continue reading » The post Hannah’s Hair – Why Traits Matter appeared first on DNA Science Blog.

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!"

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