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Evolution of DNA sequencing talk 2015 version

Crossposted from microBEnet<br>Every year for the last few years I have given a talk on the "Evolution of DNA Sequencing" at the "Workshop in Applied …

DNA Study Yields Big Surprise About The Tiny 'Molecule Of Life'

Forget about the static little ladder you heard about in biology class. DNA wiggles like crazy and keeps changing its shape.<p>You don't have to be a molecular biologist to know that deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has a "double helix" structure. But if you think the molecule of life is nothing more than …

What MTHFR Is And Why You Should Get Tested

<b>What MTHFR Is And Why You Should Get Tested</b><p>They say knowledge is power, right? And so, today, I’m talking about MTHFR* and gene mutations on the blog.<p>Why are so many people talking about and concerned with MTHFR? First, it may affect up to 66% of Americans, and that’s A LOT of people. Second, research is showing that it may be the underlying cause of many health issues, from mental health disorders to cardiac events.<p>Check out my blog post to find out more about MTHFR (I promise it’s in English, …

FDA Fires Its First Shot at Laboratory Developed Tests

How can a simple blood test magically become “an unapproved medical device”? <b>Action Alert!</b>Last week, the FDA <b>sent a letter</b> to Pathway Genomics stating …

I shipped my spit to a genetics company to have it tested, 23andMe style — here's what I found out

That information can be used for everything from finding out where your family came from to figuring out if you're predisposed to certain diseases.<p>Companies like AncestryDNA and 23andMe have been partnering with drug companies to try and figure out what role genetics plays in getting sick, and how …

New Psychiatric DNA Testing Is Unproven Ground

Wellness<p>John R. Brown had been on medication for depression and bipolar disorder since high school, but with personal crises swirling, he was desperate for help coping. So when his doctor suggested taking an expensive genetic test to find better treatment, he readily agreed.<p>“It was so simple,” said …

The Human Genome Project opened a new era of science 25 years ago

One of the historic meetings held at CSHL—this one in 1989—at which participants sketched out plans for what became the Human Genome Project. James …

Scientists Can Now Perform Complete Genome Sequencing in 26 Hours For Emergencies

Rapid response.<p>Scientists have halved the amount of time it takes to perform genome sequence diagnoses in cases involving critically ill newborns. A …

Genomic Testing Makes Consumers Less Confident in Understanding Genetics (And That's Probably Okay)

After reading a comprehensive report on their own personal genome, consumers reported knowing less about genetics than they did before.<p>Wait, what? How could that be?<p>We'll get there. First, a little background.<p>You've heard of people getting a genetic test for a specific condition -- parents-to-be …

Genomics England announces interpretation partners and expands industry engagement | Genomics England

Genomics England has today (30th September 2015) announced that it has contracted with Congenica and Omicia to work with them on the interpretation …

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The War Over Genome Editing Just Got a Lot More Interesting

If you want to drop some real DNA editing knowledge—like, I don’t know, at a party!—here’s a tip. Instead of calling the much hyped precise …

Bill Gates Just Gave $6 Million To Genetically Engineer An HIV Vaccine

In a bid to someday provide people with the ability to fend off HIV, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded $5.8 million on Thursday to vaccine researchers.<p>A novel genetic engineering approach garnered the award for a Scripps Research Institute group in Jupiter, Florida, who hope to create the …

Immunotherapy

Explaining 'Epigenetics': The Health Buzzword You Need to Know

Most of us get an introduction—whether we remember it or not—to genetics in our first biology class. We learn that genes, made up of DNA, are the …

Biotech Is Opening Up To Coders

Meet a programmer turned gene remixer<p>In 1999, 19-year-old Sean Ward created one of the first music-recommendation algorithms, dropped out of the University of Virginia, and started his own company. By age 25, he had tired of the conflict between record companies and Internet users, so he turned to …

Biotechnology

Breakthrough: Huge new genome discovery shakes human medicine

The human genome has been sequenced, a discovery that has scientists cheering and ethicists fretting about what's next for humanity.<p>It’s a term …

Genetics

Age of menopause 'controllers' found

<b>Sections of DNA that control when women go through the menopause have been identified by scientists.</b><p>Their report, in the journal Nature Genetics, identified genes involved in how the body repairs itself.<p>Ultimately the findings could contribute to a fertility or menopause test, or lead to new …

A Genomics Revolution: Evolution by Natural Selection to Evolution by Intelligent Direction

Humanity is moving from evolution by natural selection (Darwinism) to evolution by intelligent direction.<p>For most of human history, our average age …

Maintaining healthy DNA delays menopause

The findings, published today (September 28) in the journal <i>Nature Genetics</i>, suggest that the reproductive cells or ‘eggs’ in a woman’s ovaries (known …

Craig Venter to offer DNA sequencing to consumers

<i>Human Longevity partner with health insurer Discovery to provide a $250 exome sequence to consumers.</i><p>How do we get consumers interested in their …

Why you shouldn’t know too much about your own genes

By Carolyn Y. Johnson<p>Carolyn Y. Johnson<p>Science reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>This summer, a panel of genetics experts did something surprising: they put out a list of genetic tests people should not get.<p>In the age of precision medicine, the genome is our oyster. There are cancer wonder drugs that …

The FDA thinks Pathway Genomics' cancer blood test could be harmful

'We believe you are offering a high risk test'<p>Pathway Genomics, the startup that's selling a suspicious cancer blood test, appears to have gotten what it deserves. The US Food and Drug Administration sent a letter to the company's CEO Jim Plante earlier this week citing a number of potential …

Where And How To Sift For Your Own Fossils

A simple tool you can make yourself, and 27 great locations to try it out<p>You don’t need to be a paleontologist or travel through remote canyons to find exquisite fossils. The teeth, shells, and bones of ancient animals could lurk in a creek, quarry, or on a beach near you. Once you find a good …

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