Personal Genetics Education Project

On the cutting edge – prenatal screening, newborn sequencing, genetic engineering, and more

OnTheCuttingEdge-3707633630_14910566ba_bFrom the research laboratory to the doctor’s office, genetics is in the news all the time. Looking for something to read on a snowy day? Here’s a sampling of what we’re reading. From the clinic, hear about how genome sequencing helped diagnosis and treat a toddler’s condition. Check out the discussion on a new option for prenatal testing, and learn about new studies looking at the impacts of genome sequencing for newborns. Then, dive into the latest research on aging, heart failure, and the flu shot. Explore the benefits and implications of genetic engineering and a new strategy focusing on safety (from scientists including pgEd advisor, George Church).

DNA Blood Test Gives Women A New Option For Prenatal Screening
By Nell Greenfieldboyce, National Public Radio
January 26, 2015

No Escape
Biological safety lock for genetically modified organisms
By Stephanie Dutchen, Harvard Medical School News
January 21, 2015

Ageing research: Blood to blood
By splicing animals together, scientists have shown that young blood rejuvenates old tissues. Now, they are testing whether it works for humans.
By Megan Scudellari, Nature News
January 21, 2015

Scientists Spot Mutation Behind Genetic Form of Heart Failure
Variant makes heart muscle less elastic, enlarges organ and impairs ability to pump blood
By Dennis Thompson, HealthDay
January 14, 2015

Are flu shots effective? Your genetics determine how the immune system responds
By David Warmflash, Genetic Literacy Project
January 14, 2015

Genome Sequencing in Babies to Begin as Part of Study
A Genetic Blueprint to Carry Through Life and Help Develop Personalized Treatments
By Amy Dockser Marcus, The Wall Street Journal
December 29, 2014

Medical mystery: Genetic clue solves toddler’s debilitating illness
By Vicente Arenas, CBS News
December 27, 2014

Inclusion on our list does not imply any endorsement from pgEd. Also, there are many wonderful resources that we will not be able to cite, and we apologize in advance for works that we have not included.

Image credit: “Bootstrap DNA by Charles Jencks, 2003” by mira66 (CC BY 2.0)

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