Category: Health and Traits

Hope in a Pill: New Treatment for Cystic Fibrosis Approved

The realization of a long-awaited hope arrived this past month for many families in the form of a new treatment for cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is one of the most common recessively inherited diseases, affecting about 30,000 people in the United States. There are at least 500 mutations in a gene ...

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The Debate Over Clopidogrel Continues

In December a new study created quite a stir in the already-volatile clopidogrel research community. Clopidogrel (trade names Plavix®) is a commonly prescribed anti-clotting drug. It is inactive in the body until a protein encoded by the gene CYP2C19 converts the drug to its active form. Some people are able ...

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Patient-Centered Medicine and PatientsLikeMe

There’s nothing futuristic about personalized medicine, but James Heywood, the chairman and co-founder of PatientsLikeMe, likes to pull a line from a futurist and science fiction writer to describe it. “There’s a William Gibson quote that I think is appropriate,” Heywood said in a recent interview in ...

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Listening to Leroy Hood

When Dr. Leroy Hood talks there’s a reason a lot of people in the fields of medicine, biology and genetics listen. Beyond his pioneering work in developing automated gene sequencing, Hood helped found companies as diverse as Amgen and Applied Biosystems; he is one of only about a dozen people who belong to ...

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The Power of Predictive Care

You are unique, but sometimes when you see your doctor you don’t feel you’re being treated that way. The promise of personalized medicine is that what makes you, you, can also be used to tailor the health care plan that is most effective for you. This is already happening, in part, because of the work ...

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Pulitzer Prize for Sequencing Story

Kathleen Gallagher and Mark Johnson are good reporters but it didn’t take a lot to figure out that the tip they got was big news. Doctors, Gallagher heard, had used genetic sequencing to crack the mystery behind an illness slowly robbing a young boy of his life. “The tip that she had was that they had ...

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Lessons at Berkeley: Genetics and Beyond

Having been a genetics educator for over two decades, I was excited to learn in May that Berkeley’s incoming freshman class would have an opportunity to discover whether they have an AA, AG, or GG at a specific site near the LCT gene, along with similar information for the ALDH2 and MTHFR genes.  Time and ...

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Genetic Tests Can Reduce Risks From Blood Thinner Warfarin

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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2009 Spittoon Highlights – Part 1

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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SNPwatch: Common Variants May Influence Glaucoma Risk in Individuals of African Descent

Editor’s note: Pending an FDA decision, 23andMe no longer offers new customers access to health reports referred to in this post. Customers who purchased prior to November 22, 2013 will still be able to see their health reports, but those who purchased after that time will not. Those customers will have ...

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