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Survey Says: Patients Want their Own Genomic Data

Posted on Tue, Jun 09, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

We suspected this all along: people want to be engaged with their own healthcare. Our suspicions were confirmed by researchers in the U.S. in a study published in the European Journal of Human Genetics, as well as by researchers in the U.K. via survey results presented at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Genetics.

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Tags: personalized medicine, Genomics, genomic data

Big Data and the (Near) Future of Genomics

Posted on Tue, Nov 11, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

At ASHG 2014, I had the pleasure of listening to the talks of Ajay Royyuru from IBM’s Computational Biology Center, and David Glazer from Google, during the ‘Separating Signal from Noise’ symposium.

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Tags: clinical trials, Big Data, Genomics

Liquid Biopsy - Curing Cancer from the Inside Out, Ctd.

Posted on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Last week, we did a post on curing cancer at the gene-level.  But what about using genes to diagnose cancer? A feature story in the MIT Technology Review looks at research happening at Johns Hopkins University on that very possibility.

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Tags: 5AM, Genomics, cancer, diagnostics, Cure

Breaking Genomic Silos - Collecting and Using Genetic Data

Posted on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:38 AM

A few days ago I attended talks by Phil Bourne and John Wilbanks, both of whom are working on ways to make scientific data, including genetic information, more freely available for research purposes. Phil and John were speaking at an NIH conference called ‘Open Science: The Transparency Revolution’ (see agenda and videocast). Dr. Bourne is Associate Director for Data Science for NIH and Wilbanks is Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks. Bourne has only been in his position at NIH for about a month, so he outlined his goals, one of which was to create a data commons at the NIH where researchers could go to discover, access and analyze scientific data.

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Tags: Data Science, Genomics, Data Silos

Venter's Human Longevity Project - Academic vs. Private Genomics Round 2?

Posted on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 12:07 PM

Craig Venter, the scientist who made a name for himself more than a decade ago by challenging the NIH-funded Human Genome Project, has a new venture. Last week he announced Human Longevity, Inc. The company, according to their press release, is “focused on extending the healthy, high performance human life span” and is going to “tackle the diseases associated with aging-related human biological decline”.

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Tags: bioinformatics, cancer research, Genomics, Craig Venter

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