Tag: Francis Collins

DNA Day, Discuss Among Yourselves

It’s DNA Day, a day to reflect on just how far we’ve come in genetic science — from the discovery of the double helix structure in 1953 to decoding the human genome 50 years later. But it also offers an opportunity to look ahead at some of what the future may hold. The Precision Medicine Initiative hopes ...

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Something We Can Agree On

There’s a lot to like about the Precision Medicine Initiative launched last year, but we were particularly heartened to hear President Obama recently make clear that enlisting patients as partners will ensure it works. At a White House forum held on Thursday, President Obama said patients own their data, ...

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Genetics: Looking Back and Looking Forward

The tenth anniversary of the completion of the first draft of the human genome is approaching, apparently putting a lot of scientists in the mood for reflection on the past and speculation about the future of genetics. The journal Nature has a series of opinion articles and two news articles on the ...

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NIH to Create Public Database of Genetic Tests

Today the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced its plans to create a public database in which genetic test providers will voluntarily deposit information about their services that can then be searched by researchers, consumers, health care providers, and others. The aim of this Genetic Testing ...

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Medco to Include Genetics in Comparison of Anti-Clotting Drug Effectiveness

Medco Health Solutions, Inc., announced this week that it will conduct a clinical trial to assess whether clopidogrel bisulfate (Plavix®, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-aventis) is just as effective as the newer drug prasugrel (Effient™, Eli Lilly and Company) in people who lack a genetic variation that ...

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328 Genomewide Association Studies and Counting … What Now?

In 2005 two well-known human geneticists, Francis Collins and Thomas Gelehrter, made a bet: Collins wagered that by the 2008 American Society for Human Genetics meeting, genomewide association studies would have led to the discovery of at least four “validated - not just guessed at” susceptibility variants ...

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