CRISPR Used For First Time in Curing Clotting Defect

CRISPR is taking science and genetics to a whole new level. Read here to catch up on this latest technology.

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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…

Ending the Medical Odyssey

The rare disease ribbon, courtesy of the advocacy group Global Genes. Sally, over her short 6 years of life, has been hospitalized 15 times. She suffers from a strange constellation of medical problems: developmental delays, low muscle tone, a heart murmur, among others. Worried parents have taken Sally from doctor to doctor, trying to pinpoint…

Sequencing Your Newborn: What You Need to Know

Photo courtesy of Google Images.   Your baby may be born with rosy skin, a loud cry, and a full set of fingers and toes. But just because they appear healthy doesn’t mean that all is well. Before leaving the hospital, every newborn is tested for set of genetic disorders that could be life-threatening or…

Nutrigenomics: How Science Can Personalize Your Diet

“You are what you eat” is the old adage that taught us the importance of our diet. Now modern technology is taking nutrition to the next level, looking at how to improve individual health and prevent disease with unique sustenance plans. Nutrigenomics explores the complex interaction between what you eat and your genes. It looks…

Genomics: The Personal Revolution

Genes are the blueprint for our bodies. Each of us has a unique set, and outside of identical twins, there are no exact duplicates. Genomics is the study of those genes, of how they express themselves, and how they get passed from one generation to the next. Humans have about 23,000 genes. Identifying the exact…