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Great Schools, Nice Parks, More Robust DNA

Posted on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

“Location, location, location” is the realtor’s mantra, and now, besides great schools, walkable streets and friendly neighbors, real estate agents may include “longevity” among the features trumpeted in their listings.

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Tags: genes

Genes, Drugs, and Diagnostics: How Clinical Trials Work

Posted on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 11:25 AM

In my last Map of Biomedicine blog post, I talked about the different phases of clinical trials and a little bit about how trials are structured. I mentioned that trial is really just an experiment designed to test a hypothesis. When you studied science in school you learned about the scientific method:

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Tags: clinical trials, personalized medicine, map of biomedicine, genes, drugs

Put Away Your Winter Genes

Posted on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 02:30 PM

The azaleas are in full, colorful blossom in my suburban Washington, DC neighborhood. To me their appearance signals spring marching toward summer; the end of the last of winter's blahs. According to a paper published in Nature Communications last Tuesday, the impact of seasonal changes on human health are much deeper than aesthetic, and in, fact, may be genetic.

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Tags: research, personalized medicine, genes

Hate Leafy Greens, Coffee, and Hoppy Beer? Blame Your Genes.

Posted on Thu, Oct 09, 2014 @ 03:55 PM

I love kale. And arugula, and black coffee, and brussels sprouts. To me, these foods' bitterness is pleasant and, in the veggies' cases, they strike me as subtly sweet. I am a nontaster according to recent health research. Others are very sensitive to bitter flavors and cringe at the mere thought of -- for instance -- eating a radish plucked fresh from the garden. 

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Tags: research, genes, health research, The Senses

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