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Genomics

Genome Sequencing for Healthy People: Is it Time?

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 09.29.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

It may be true that we have entered the age of personal genomics, but we have only just scratched the surface.

Med Tech Will Turn 100 Years of Age Into the New 60 Years

Diane M. Francis | Posted 08.01.2016 | Technology
Diane M. Francis

Medical technology pioneers believe that 100 years of age will become the new 60 as scientific breakthroughs, software and gadgets extend and improve ...

Should Researchers Share Genomic Results With Participants' Relatives?

Robert C. Green, MD, MPH | Posted 05.16.2016 | Science
Robert C. Green, MD, MPH

Your brother recently died of a rare form of cancer. You know that he had been participating in a study on the genetics of this cancer, and that as part of the study, researchers promised that they would send him his individual results.

WATCH: 5 Top Tech Minds Reveal Hopes and Fears About AI

Nathan Gardels | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Nathan Gardels

The Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center recently brought a diverse group of neuroscientists and philosophers together with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and programmers to answer this question: As developments in artificial intelligence extend or surpass human intelligence, do they challenge the traditional definition of what it means to be human? Here's what five of them had to say.

Stripped-Down Synthetic Organism Has Smallest Genome Yet

Reuters | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 03.25.2016 | Science

Scientists on Thursday announced the creation of a synthetic organism stripped down to the bare essentials with the fewest genes needed to survive and...

Alec Ross Wants To Talk To Your Kids

April Rudin | Posted 03.10.2016 | Impact
April Rudin

Never mind that he was raised by a mother so ferocious she was nicknamed, "Becky the Barbarian." To paraphrase Barry Goldwater, ferocity in defense of...

Code is the New Language of Creation

Bryan Johnson | Posted 03.02.2016 | Science
Bryan Johnson

This story originally appeared on the Daily Dot. "What if, in the future, instead of growing a tree, cutting it down, and then using mechanical engi...

The Next Trillion-Dollar Industry Could Be Built on Genetic Code

Dawn Nakagawa | Posted 02.04.2016 | World
Dawn Nakagawa

Alec Ross served as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's senior advisor for innovation. During that role, he earned unique insight into the changing nature of technology. In his new book, "The Industries of the Future," Ross not only lays out the key industries that will shape the 21st century, but also provides the geopolitical, cultural and generational contexts out of which they are emerging. Berggruen Institute's Dawn Nakagawa sat down with Ross to discuss the book.

More Thoughts on Life

Benjamin T. Solomon | Posted 01.22.2016 | Science
Benjamin T. Solomon

When NASA searches for life on other planets, it is not sufficient to just find life, but to ask the question, why did each stage (animated, free will, bioton, & entity) of stochastic dominance succeed or fail?

Let the 'Cancer Moonshot' Inspire Hope!

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

As individuals, all we can do for now is keep contributing to cancer research, voting for candidates who support intensified research funding, and hoping that this latest moonshot initiative will fulfill our wildest hopes and dreams for controlling this equal-opportunity killer.

Talk About It Over Turkey: The Power of Your Family History

Emily Mounts | Posted 11.24.2015 | Science
Emily Mounts

Now more than ever, we understand that nearly every single health condition is either primarily caused by, or its course influenced by, one's DNA.

Genomics -- The Future of Forensic DNA Profiling

Garry Rodgers | Posted 11.18.2015 | Science
Garry Rodgers

I think we're in a fascinating time, watching technological advancements in forensic sciences. We're close to the day when your tiny biological dropping at the scene of your crime will go into a machine, the button pressed, and a full-color, 3D image of your entire person right from your molecules to your moles.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

Who Owns Your Genes?

Footnote | Posted 11.23.2015 | Science
Footnote

New forms of genetic testing can predict whether a couple will have a child with cystic fibrosis, guide doctors in selecting the most effective chemotherapy for a breast cancer patient, and help researchers unlock the causes of Alzheimer's. But they also raise serious ethical questions.

Tailoring Treatment, One Cancer Patient At A Time

Footnote | Posted 10.20.2015 | Science
Footnote

At age 42, Holly Boehle was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. Fortunately, the cancer cells have been banished by chemotherapy targeted against a specific genetic abnormality in her tumor.

Meeting My Genome: This Expensive Test Still Isn't for Everyone

Techonomy | Posted 10.14.2015 | HuffPost Home
Techonomy

One might think I would be disappointed after 15 years of anticipation, but I'm not. This first glimpse of my DNA was interesting, but it's what comes next that I'm excited about.

Why Are Many Young People Who Never Smoked Getting Lung Cancer?

Bonnie J. Addario | Posted 09.09.2016 | Healthy Living
Bonnie J. Addario

Anyone who knew her would tell you that Jill Costello hated to lose. She was a fierce competitor as the coxswain for the CAL Berkeley crew team and th...

Genome Pioneer: We Have The Dangerous Power To Control Evolution

The WorldPost | xxNathan-Gardelsxx | Posted 09.10.2015 | World

J. Craig Venter is the pioneering cartographer of the human genome, the sequence of which he and other scientists mapped in 2000. The WorldPost recent...

What Your Genetic Blueprint Says About You: The Rise of Epigenetics

Dr. David Samadi | Posted 08.28.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. David Samadi

Health care and medicine is living through a major transformation. We're entering into a new era of medicine where prevention precedes treatment.

3 Cancer Research Accelerators Worth Watching

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

In 2000, Douglas Hanahan and Robert A. Weinberg articulated the concept of cancer hallmarks as a foundation for understanding cancer's biology across traditional cancer types. Three initiatives built on that foundation now promise to accelerate development of more powerful life-saving therapies.

The Risks of Turning Races Into Genes

Matthew W. Hughey | Posted 08.20.2016 | Black Voices
Matthew W. Hughey

By increasing the dialogue of how we tackle racial inequality regardless of whether we work in a laboratory or not, we can deconstruct the myth that race is found in genes and begin to search for the legal, economic, political and social forces that make the effects of race all too real.

Taking Control of Our Genetic Information: Could it Go Too Far?

Karthika Swamy Cohen | Posted 06.16.2016 | Technology
Karthika Swamy Cohen

Up until recently, those in the technology industry and those conducting genomic research would have been considered strange bedfellows. But big data -- more specifically, big genomic data -- is bringing the two groups together.

The 'Omics' and the Future of Cancer Research

Judith A. Salerno | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Judith A. Salerno

Perhaps some of the most innovative work in the field being done today centers around genomics and related fields such as proteomics. They have given researchers new ways to understand susceptibility to cancer -- especially breast cancer -- and therefore new targets for treatment.

My BRCA Journey: Why Fear of Information Imperils Genetic Testing

Techonomy | Posted 03.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Techonomy

The world breaks down into two camps, my genetic counselor said: people who want information, and people who don't. I've been writing about gene testi...

Pharmacogenomics and the Biology of Race

Myles Jackson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Science
Myles Jackson

Rather, dividing humanity into racial groupings, pharmaceutical companies come across as caring about specific characteristics to which a group of individuals can relate and with which they closely identify. All of this results in the commodification and reification of race.