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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 […]

MTAfucknuttery!

Andy Deans (@GenomeStability), a researcher at St. Vincent's University that studies the DNA repair genes related to Fanconi anemia and just a really nice guy, posted this week on twitter about a crazy MTA that he received from someone when trying to obtain a plasmid from them.  This MTA is so nuts I just had […]

Slow, Slower, Slowest

Slow-My minute per mile pace Slower-My metabolism Slowest-Yankees/Red Sox Game   Its still the fourth inning!

Conservatives, gym douchebags, and bullying...

I think everyone has a fair idea of which area of the political spectrum I park my ass at, and I'm fairly apathetic to political ploys and bickering to a point.  I have to say I'm quite disappointed with Conservatives that are lambasting the photos and videos of the president working out.  Sean Hannity of […]

Publishing update

I'm currently shopping my manuscript at journal #4...  You know what they don't say, 4th time is the charm.

Taking the sting out of rejection

First off, I don't want to hear any OA bullshit.  I know everyone has a bone for OA journals right now but the best thing for my career and my boss currently is to publish in glam  journals.  In a utopian society I'd tell CNS to go drink paint thinner and jump off a high […]

Managing the minions...

Just a quick poll the audience question.  Our lab is getting some summer interns in a few months and was just wondering how everyone distributes them (to grad students, postdocs, techs) and what kind of projects do you give them (plug and play, extra stuff in the lab nobody has time to do but may […]

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