For some time, the concept of “designer babies” has freaked out the public, viewed as some kind of far away science fiction. But with the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2001 and progress in the field of genetics, manipulation of genes is close to becoming a reality, and much sooner than any of us could have imagined. Show More Summary
As we harvest ever more human genomes one fact remains unshakeable: race does not exist...
Categories: Quickies Francis Collins on CRISPR: “Designer babies make great Hollywood and bad science.” – “Two years ago, scientists quietly developed a technique known as CRISPR/Cas, which allowed them to edit DNA... (Read more...)
In a controversial new research paper, Chinese scientists describe how they were able to manipulate the genomes of human embryos for the first time, raising ethical concerns about this new frontier in science. First reported by Nature News on Wednesday, the paper appears in the little known online...
We’ve been talking about genetics, genomics, and sequencing since the completion of the Human Genome Project. But when it comes down to it, practical applications of all this science have not yet gotten to patients. Pharmaceutical companies—and oncologists who see patients every day—haven’t been able to fully harness the potential of sequencing. Show More Summary
Links for you. Science: Defending Darwin: I teach human evolution at the University of Kentucky. There are some students I’ll never reach. (excellent) Genome Study Predicts DNA of the Whole of Iceland: Large genome databases are starting to reveal critical … Continue reading ?
Links for you. Science: Pet Peeves (excellent, and every science journalist must read this) In which the postdoc sell-by date continues to shrivel: The MRC comes to its senses Scientists Seek Ban on Method of Editing the Human Genome (it’s … Continue reading ?
The human genome project captured the public imagination when its first draft was published 14 years ago this week in the international science journal Nature, but the epigenome may hold the real promise for conquering disease.
Links for you. Science: Why Get A Flu Shot? Whole genome sequencing reveals potential spread of Clostridium difficile between humans and farm animals in the Netherlands, 2002 to 2011 When Fish Shout How to Explain Papers in a Non Academic … Continue reading ?
Francis Collins, physician and geneticist, is widely known as director of the National Institutes of Health, former director of the Human Genome Project and an outspoken advocate of reconciling science with belief in Christianity. Read full article >>
The ability to sequence the human genome is technology that has developed only in the past couple of decades, so a student-led research project is looking at the role of genetic counselors and whether telegenetics is used to close accessibility gaps for patients.
J. Craig Venter, the biologist who led the effort to sequence human DNA, on unlocking the human genome and the importance of building extraordinary teams for long-term results.
Former New York Times science reporter Nicholas Wade's new book, A Troublesome Inheritance, begins well enough, with a nice roundup of what genomic science has old us about human evolution and migration. But the author then proceedsShow More Summary
Study finds that cyclists feel safer when bike lanes are separated from car traffic. Study’s parents consider study underachiever, wish study was more like its sister Human Genome Project.
Just a teaser from Ann Gibbons in Science: In 2008, Siberian ivory carver Nikolay Peristov was searching for ancient mammoth tusks eroding from the banks of the Irtysh River in western Siberia, when he found fossilized bones instead....Show More Summary
The UK-based Wellcome Trust is the second-largest non-governmental funder of medical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. It was one of the main backers of the Human Genome Project, which pioneered the idea of open data by placing all its results in the public domain, and of open access. Show More Summary
Links for you. Science: The obesity rate for children has not plumeted Google joins the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health When should the university stop supporting a lab? 700-Year-Old Poop Tracks History of Human Gut Microbes A New Generation … Continue reading ?
Links for you. Science: Aiming to Push Genomics Forward in New Study Dr. Andrew Cronyn: Why I’m a Doctor–And What It Has To Do With Vaccines Death Dust: The valley-fever menace. Human–microbe mismatch boosts risk of stomach cancer New rotavirus … Continue reading ?
Links for you. Science: The Mating Habits of Early Hominins: A newly sequenced Neanderthal genome provides insight into the sex lives of human ancestors. Tracking the Secret Lives of Great White Sharks The Science Behind the Grants on Senator Coburn’s … Continue reading ?
Last week I had the privilege of speaking with J. Craig Venter at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, as part of the Bay Area Science Festival. Dr. Venter is a pioneer in biotech, from sequencing the Human Genome to creating a synthetic ...