Category Archives: Genetics


Illumina Claims New Sequencer Transcribes 18,000 Genomes per Year at $1,000 Each

Illumina, the biggest maker of genomic sequencing machines, say they've broken the "sound barrier" of sequencing. Their latest machine can transcribe 18,000 human genomes... more

Written By: | Posted: 02/2/14


Gene Therapy Improves Sight in UK Patients

With few treatments available and clear genetic causes, progressive blindness has been the focus of several types of gene therapy. But doctors have previously balked at... more

Written By: | Posted: 01/26/14


Gene Therapy Helps Parkinson’s Patients, But Is It Simply A Placebo?

Since the heady days of the initial human genome sequencing, doctors have pointed to the prospect of administering the “right” version of a gene to patients suffering... more

Written By: | Posted: 01/24/14


Amid a Debate That’s Hot As Ever, General Mills Says No GMOs in Its Cold Cheerios

General Mills recently announced they’ll make one of their most recognizable breakfast cereals, Cheerios, free of genetically modified ingredients. The announcement... more

Written By: | Posted: 01/23/14


It’s Alive! Artificial-Life Worm Wiggles on Its Own

A worm wiggles. It’s a process as old as time, but there’s a twist: This worm is a bit of open-source software that encodes biological data gleaned from decades of... more

Written By: | Posted: 01/9/14


Gene Therapy Turns Several Leukemia Patients Cancer Free. Will It Work for Other Cancers, Too?

A new cancer treatment pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania has generated a lot of excitement in the field in addition to a handful of breathless media reports.... more

Written By: | Posted: 01/6/14


Genomic Studies Sift Centenarian DNA for Genes Protecting Against Age-Related Diseases

Occasionally, you hear tell of a hale hundred-year-old who drank and smoked their whole life—or the reverse, a health nut who fell prey to a killer disease at... more

Written By: | Posted: 12/29/13


Evidence Mounts for Gene Therapy as Treatment for Heart Failure

Doctors are quite good at bringing patients back from the swelling and exhaustion of heart failure, which affects nearly 30 million people worldwide. But there’s little... more

Written By: | Posted: 12/13/13

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