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…

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…

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…

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…