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?

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…

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…

Confidence in Variants? Release the Data!

  Next generation sequencing tests are widely being adopted in oncology and many patients are benefiting. However, when assessing hereditary risk for cancer, sometimes results may come back that are difficult to fully understand. Reports may detail a “Variant of Unknown Significance”, also known as a VUS, which means that a mutation was found that has…

Widespread Genome Testing Likely to Lower Total Medical Spending

The cost of sequencing has been rapidly dropping ever since the first complete human genome was sequenced over a decade ago. Conventional wisdom says that should lead to an overall drop in medical spending. A popular argument claims that for genomic testing, this may not necessarily be the case. Genetic tests currently on the market…

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…

Power to the Patient

There’s a growing trend in healthcare where individuals are taking more control of their health. This manifests itself in many ways. From personal health record apps for your smartphone, to popular workout regimens that promote wholesale lifestyle changes, the course is set. In politics, laws have been passed to protect patient rights to access their…