Personalized genomics are all over the news lately, so let’s jump right and see what’s going on.
Genome Alberta joins the enthusiastic PG crowd when Mike Spear showed his own genetic test results at a student conference.
Gene Sherpas take a swipe at 23andMe for allowing genetic data to be used to make medical decision.’
It’s not only personalized genomes that are becoming public. The Daily Scan features Her2 testing errors, a venue where a woman can publicly share and ask about her medical diagnosis and pathology. Is this a good thing?
Remember the other genetics?
Rare genetic disorders don’t get as much face-time as the ones that affect more people, such as cancers or downs syndrome. We don’t even know they exist unless you’re studying them for research or school. Nevertheless, they are very real to those involved. Human Genetics Disorders put a face to Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL), a multi-system disorder characterized by the abnormal growth of tumors in certain parts of the body (angiomatosis).
The genetics of congenital heart disease gets major funding with a 6-year $25M NHLBI-led collaborative genomics. The consortium is looking for research centers to perform clinical and translational studies on the diseases. Interested scientists can check out the PHG Foundation for a list of research focal points included in the grant.
Our understanding of male pattern baldness broadens with recent findings that associate chromosome 20 to hair loss, a disorder that traditionally has been known as sex-linked. Eye on DNA also mentions that hair loss increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Sandwalk‘s Larry Moran says he’s related to Marcus Antonius (The Mark Antony 83 BC). How is that possible? A genetic map of Europe, gene flow and big league names of the ancient kingdoms dropped here and there.
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