Update on CRISPR: Closer to human trials?

Remember when we talked about CRISPR a little over a month ago? And we dreamt of the positive impact it could have on humans in the future? Well, dream no more–that day may be much sooner than we expected.

CRISPR: The Future of Science is Here

CRISPR, the latest genome-editing technology, has been making the headlines in almost every major science journal, heralding a “new era” for science. Why is CRISPR such a big deal? Better yet, what is CRISPR?

Are Superheroes Among Us?

As we all remember from 8th grade biology, Gregor Mendel is known as the “father of modern genetics.” Mendel’s experiments with pea plants made him realize that there are certain genetic traits (he was testing pea size, shape, color, etc.) that get passed down to the offspring. This inheritance of genetic traits is based on…

The Evolution of Medicine and Where We’re Headed in the Future

Hippocrates, the “Father of Western Medicine,” is arguably one of the most iconic physicians in history. Born in 460 BC, his influence has been long-lasting and far-reaching; in fact, medical students today recite the “Hippocratic Oath” to ensure that as future physicians, they understand the significance and seriousness of taking on the role of being…

Should you get the flu shot? Your genes may hold the answer.

Flu season is underway, so should you get a flu shot?  The CDC encourages every person above six months of age to get an annual flu vaccine, however, how well the flu shot works for you may depend on your genes. A flu shot contains a weakened or attenuated form of the influenza virus that…

Gene of Champions?

With the IAAF World Athletics Championships just concluded in Beijing, we ask the question:  How much do genes affect your athletic potential?  Genetic traits are passed down through generations and can determine many physical attributes such as height, body type, predisposition to diseases and perhaps athletic ability. The limits of the human body continue to be…

New Study Helps Decode Inherited Heart Disease

Two weeks ago President Barack Obama gave his State of the Union Address where he unveiled his Precision Medicine Initiative, which relies on genomics to “deliver the right treatment at the right time.” While NAG’s focus has been to deliver genomic medicine to physicians and patients around the country, we delight in the growing support…

The Search for Missing Answers

The great hope of genomics is that it helps us understand humanities most perplexing diseases. More than a decade after the first complete map of a human genome was assembled, researchers are making serious advances on that promise. Autism is a rare complex disorder that affects brain development. 90% of the different types of autism…

Genetic Counseling Central in Clinical Genomics

As broader, more accurate genetic tests reach the market, Certified Genetic Counselors (CGC) will remain an important part of the process of delivering this information to the patient. Genomics isn’t solely about genetic testing, it’s about understanding and contextualizing all hereditary information available for a patient in order to better understand their health.This includes genotype,…

Prodigo To Offer Personalized Medicine Solution In Marketplace Via New Amsterdam Genomics

October 20th, 2014, (New York, NY) – New Amsterdam Genomics and Prodigo Solutions today announced a partnership that will allow Prodigo Solutions to offer NAG’s revolutionary Genomic sequencing and analysis platform through their digital catalogue, ProdigoMarketplace. The arrangement promises to bring personalized, genomic medicine to the diverse client base served by Prodigo Solutions. Hospitals and health…

New Rules Empower Patients to Access Data

Have you heard of the new rules requiring labs to provide test results directly to patients? Here is a brief summary of the new rules: the order, issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), amends the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) to…

Genomics Only Revolutionary With Broad Access

There are many barriers currently in place preventing patients from getting their DNA sequenced, especially among minorities. Many facilities offer limited testing in the form of gene panels, but they are expensive, and often require patients to pay out of pocket. While out of pocket spending rises with income, the strain of this type of…