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Dna Sequencing

Two-Thirds Of Cancers Caused By Random Genetic Mistakes

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living

About two thirds of cancers are caused by random typos in DNA that occur as normal cells make copies of themselves, a finding that helps explain why h...

An Insider's Look At Personal Genomics: Today's Cutting Edge, Tomorrow's Everyday Experience

James Lu | Posted 10.05.2016 | Science
James Lu

The information we gather from our DNA will be far more than mere biological coordinates. Instead, it will impact many parts of our everyday lives.

Do Computer Scientists Hold the Key to Treating Cancer?

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery | Posted 02.04.2017 | Technology
ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery

To prepare for that revolutionary leap, we need to draft software experts immediately who can leverage advances in cloud computing and machine learning while protecting patient privacy to start building open-source tools that will enable scientists to make major inroads on cancer.

Could a Microbe Transplant Make You Thinner? (and Other Amazing Things About Bacteria and Antibiotics)

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2016 | Science

We are in the earliest days of understanding the human microbiome -- the communities of microbes that live in and on our bodies -- but already scientists are getting a sense of the incredible complexity of this ecosystem and its interaction with us.

Sweet Peach Actually Does Not Want Your Vagina To Smell Like Ripe Fruit

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 11.22.2014 | Women

If you've ever suffered from yeast infections or UTIs, Sweet Peach could help you. But if you're hoping this probiotic will make your nether regions s...

DNA Sequencing Holds Center Stage

Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Lauren Pecorino, Ph.D.

The death of British biochemist Fred Sanger last week gives us a reason to reflect on one of his two discoveries that earned him the Nobel Prize: a method to sequence the genetic code of a segment of DNA.

Genetic Testing: It's Complicated

Adam Marsh | Posted 10.24.2013 | Science
Adam Marsh

As the promise of personalized medicine attracts more and more attention in the medical profession, those hopes are being pinned on your DNA.

Gene-Screening Advance Promises Convenience But Raises Ethical Concerns

| Posted 06.07.2012 | Science

By Kai Kupferschmidt What if you could read much of your child's medical future while it was still in the womb? Taking a major step toward that goa...

Time for Another Human Genome Project?

Andrew Hessel | Posted 05.14.2012 | Science
Andrew Hessel

The scientific charge to read a human genome started gaining traction 25 years ago. Now it may be time to think about writing one.

A Secret Code in All of Us

Anne Wojcicki | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Anne Wojcicki

I feel giddy about the potential genetic discoveries in the coming decade. It's an incredibly exciting time. Questions that have circled in my head for 32 years may soon get more clarity.

Hogwash About the Singularity Is Here

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Neil S. Greenspan

There is no basis at present for believing that medical interventions based on postulated but not-yet-realized nanobots will perform their duties without the side-effects associated with every other therapeutic agent ever employed.

Venter's Celebrity Bacterium: The Faucet Drip That Would Be a Monsoon

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

The Craig Venter endeavor was expensive, glitzy -- and banal. My advice to bioethicists is to save their energy for truly fearsome items.