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A longtime Google creative lead is heading to genomics startup Color

Michael Krantz was Google’s first consumer marketing writer 13 years ago.<p>Michael Krantz is leaving his 13-year Google career to head editorial at genomics startup Color.<p>He’ll be joining former Googlers Othman Laraki and Elad Gil, the company’s co-founders, and Katie Stanton, its CMO, at what is one …

Startups

House committee passes bill that could allow employers to require genetic testing

A new bill circulating congress could allow employers to require genetic testing– and demand to see the results.<p>While most Americans were worrying about the replacement for the Affordable Care Act making its way through Congress, a lesser-known bill regarding healthcare was sneaking up behind …

Health Care

CRISPR: An In-Depth Primer On All Its Varieties

A Historical Viewpoint<p><b>The Explosion Onto The Public Stage</b><p>For those focused on how history will favor the uncovering of CRISPR and the miraculous …

Genetics

How the genomics revolution could finally help Africa

New investments promise to get precision medicine and precision public health off the ground. But experts debate how much work needs to be done first.<p>…

South Africa

Sensitive CRISPR diagnostics using RNA targeting CRISPR enzyme

I was recently involved in a collaboration between the Zhang and Collins labs at MIT to use the RNA-targeting CRISPR protein Cas13a/C2c2 to detect …

Genetics

An AI-Driven Genomics Company Is Turning to Drugs - MIT Technology Review

The next blockbuster drug could be developed with help from machine-learning techniques that are rapidly spreading from AI research to pharmacology …

Machine Learning
Startups

San Diego 2nd in genomics, study finds

San Diego County is the nation’s second-leading center for genomics research and products, according to a study released Monday by the San Diego …

Genetics
Genetics

Baheal Pharm to launch better cancer treatment technology with IBM help

Baheal Pharm, a Chinese company that focuses on e-health, signed a partnership agreement with IBM in Beijing on Wednesday to introduce Watson for …

The New Way to Lose Weight Involves Healing Your Gut

Feeding the bacteria in your belly may be the key to dropping pounds. Liz Krieger investigates.<p>Small can be very powerful—looking at you, split atom, microchip, and mosquito—and that definitely holds true when it comes to bacteria in your gut. The 100 trillion tiny microbes, a.k.a. gut flora, that …

How Eating Healthy Can Actually Make You A More Effective Leader

We’ve all seen the magazine headlines touting the benefits of healthy eating: “Ten Diet Tips to a Better You!”; “Get Hot by Eating This!”; “How Switching to This Diet Helped Me Find Love/Get a Job/Become a Rocket Scientist!”<p>It comes as little surprise that taking control of your eating can help you …

Wellness

Your "Ultradian Rhythm" Is the Secret to Staying Energized All Day

We all know the body runs by rhythm—our metabolic rhythm, our wake-sleep cycle (otherwise known as our circadian rhythm), but there's one important …

Employee Engagement

Lazy Girls Unite! Nap Bars Are the Latest Trend in Luxury Wellness

This just in: bragging about how sleep deprived you are is no longer cool. The latest lifestyle trend is all about catching those Zs, and doing so in …

Cute

All the “wellness” products Americans love to buy are sold on both Infowars and Goop

There are two Americas, we’ve been told.<p>There’s <i>Duck Dynasty</i> America and <i>Modern Family</i> America. There’s “gosh” America and “dope” America. Sometimes, though, Americans unite around a common idea. Like the healing powers of eleuthero root, cordyceps mushrooms, and “nascent iodine.”<p>Near the end of a …

Wellness

Stephen Colbert “Goop-splains” Gwyneth Paltrow’s latest wellness craze: healing stickers

Goop, the lifestyle brand owned by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, promotes and sells an assortment of wellness products ranging from “Sex Dust” to “Chill Child: Kid Calming Mist” to “Trauma Repair Flower Essence Blend.” The last of these purports to “stabilize and sooth emotional trauma”—a claim that …

Arianna Huffington brings her enterprise-grade wellness program to India

Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and a member on Uber’s board, launched Thrive Global in the US last year to tackle stress and burnouts in the workplace, by offering wellness workshops, tech products to address the needs of your body and mind, and a content platform that focuses …

India

Get Your REM on with Tomorrow Sleep Tech-Bedding Sleep System

Dudes need beauty sleep too.<p>After a long day of work, a heavy session at the gym, and trying to not burn the chicken for dinner, the last thing you …

Sleep

What if your employer paid you to exercise and sleep? Inside one startup’s wellness experiment

The online mattress-maker Casper specializes in selling customers a good night’s sleep. But Casper employees can actually <i>mak</i>e money in exchange for getting some shuteye.<p>Along with a growing number of companies, Casper is looking for ways to incentivize employees to exercise and get enough rest. But …

Namaste En Masse: Can Wellness Festivals Grow As Big As Coachella?

In the U.S., there are now more than 1,000 yearly celebrations of holistic living that generate hundreds of millions of dollars. Can they sustain the high?<p>“The universe is calling and your right leg is going to answer,” an exuberant yoga instructor commands over the speakers at the Santa Monica …

Santa Monica

Wellness Is The New Luxury: Is Healthy And Happy The Future Of Retail?

Consumers are placing more value on health and wellness than on material objects these days, and the definition of health and wellness has evolved. The phrase no longer refers simply to a lack of illness and disease, but to a more holistic state of being, where one’s mental, physical and emotional …

eCommerce

Goop and Infowars sell the same wellness stuff

You'd think <i>Goop</i>, Gwyneth Paltrow's "lifestyle brand" for clean-freak whippies, and <i>Infowars</i>, Alex Jones' conspiracy compendium for seething fascists, …

Wellness

'Forest Bathing': How Microdosing on Nature Can Help With Stress

The practice, long-popular in Japan, is gaining traction in the U.S. as a way of harnessing the health benefits of being outdoors.<p>On first glance, it looked like a two-hour walk in the woods. Our guide had already tackled the hard part of finding a trail with minimal elevation gain and limited …

Northern California

Apple's healthcare ambitions look to take a step forward

Working with Apple every day, as Apple sees it, could help keep the doctor away—or at least well informed.<p>Apple's push into healthcare is readying …

Medical Technology

The five keys to a successful Google team

Pod. Work group. Committee. Autonomous collective. Whatever you call it, you’re part of one at Google and probably wherever you work: a team. So if …

Personality