FDA Approves Polarizing First Drug for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

On Monday morning, the FDA controversially approved the first drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Read more on how the drug works and what impact this will have in healthcare and medicine!

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First Alzheimer’s treatment, sickle-cell gene therapy and more!

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?

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…

Advances in Alzheimer’s Prevention Made Possible by Genomics

In 2013, more than 5 million people in the United States were living with Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to triple by 2050. Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, and can be an emotional drain on family members of those affected. Treatments can slow or delay symptoms, but there is no known…

Genomics Hinges on Education

Last week I made the case for more education in genomics for nurses, but it’s just as important to educate non-healthcare professionals. Doctors and non-doctors alike are largely unaware of the power current genomic technology has to change how diagnoses are reached and treatments administered. Progress is being made, but there are still hurdles to…

Nature vs. Nurture in Genomics: Why Both Are Important

Many factors affect how genes express themselves. Until now, this blog has exclusively discussed how understanding specific variations in an individual genome allow us to determine impact on health. But this is only half the story. Age and environment are an equally important part of the equation. Epigenetics, in part, studies how external factors affect…