When Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare disease, she and her husband, Eric Minikel, set out to find a cure. https://media.wired.com/photos/5c365c19c60d0b0dc24df532/master/pass/Insomnia_Sleep-No-More_Web-Art.jpg
He Jiankui was broadly condemned for editing the DNA of twins. But more widely used forms of gene editing, like IVF, perpetuate inequality by design. https://media.wired.com/photos/5c12e05984c514347f1b7949/master/pass/Ideas_Art_CRISPR-112505422.jpg
Enlarge (credit: Wyss Institute, Harvard) If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection is, but the arrows point in the same direction: genetics helps determine someone’s risk for ADHD. Beyond that, we still have myriad questions and not many answers—which genes play a […]
This OZY original series brings to you Medical Breakthroughs – and the people behind them – that could change how doctors treat us, find fixes to today’s diseases and make our lives truly better. Two exhausted but joyful parents welcome their tiny daughter to the world. The nurse whisks her away to get cleaned up, […]
A number of genetic testing companies, including 23andMe and Ancestry, have signed onto a set of guidelines that aim to address consumer privacy concerns, the Washington Post reports. The privacy best practices, drafted alongside the Future of Privacy Forum, state that companies should acquire “separate express consent” from customers before handing over their individual-level information […]
Enlarge / She does, in fact, eat the goat. (credit: Frontier Developments) Jurassic World might just be the worst movie I ever paid money to see. It wasted a perfectly fine premise (rich people doubling down on past mistakes for profit) on a soulless, oddly sadistic “adventure” that wiped out whatever hope I had left […]
The DNA of deadly strains of plague, dysentery and cholera were decoded in what the researchers said was an effort to better understand some of the world’s most dangerous diseases.
Door will open to genetic discrimination if act protecting Canadians is overturned, genomics expert says
A genomics and policy researcher with the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto says the health and personal freedom of patients will be at risk if a challenge by the government of Quebec to Canada’s year-old Genetic Non-Discrimination Act (GNA) is successful.
A scientist who developed a lab test to predict whether children with cancer are susceptible to potentially life-threatening side effects from three chemotherapy drugs is now focusing on five other medications so parents and doctors can discuss safer, personalized treatment.
The All of Us precision health initiative could lead to medical breakthroughs—but the agency has to lock the doors tight to make sure sensitive data doesn’t get hacked or leaked. https://media.wired.com/photos/5aecf5ddca35f96f250c8fb8/master/pass/GENOME_FINAL.png