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Category: DNA sequencing

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Would You Want a Dog That Was Genetically Engineered to Be Healthier?

“Dogs have more genetic diseases than any other species on the planet.” David Ishee told me this early in our conversation. His claim makes sense: there’s no other animal that humans have purposefully bred with an emphasis on form over function—aesthetics over health—for so long. Centuries of inbreeding have left many dog breeds with a […]

Surprisingly, Plant Microbes May Be an Answer to Our Growing Food Needs

Organizations as diverse as the United Nations and Monsanto are in agreement that we need to double our food production globally by 2050 to feed the world’s population. But our current agricultural process is one of the biggest contributors to global warming. It emits more greenhouses gases than all the world’s cars combined and is a major consumer and polluter of our precious water resources. How can we sustainably feed everyone without overextending our planet’s… read more

Necrogenomics: Gathering DNA From the Dead to Improve the Lot of the Living

DNA sequencing of the deceased could lead to a number of advances in health care. A group of scientists in Denmark have launched a proposal to create the world’s first national necrogenomic database. The idea that dead men tell no tales is about to be seriously put to shame, should a newly suggested DNA registry in Denmark become reality. The registry would collect genomic data from the recently deceased. Coupled with information of past illnesses and ailments, the new data could generate insights into hereditary diseases, genomic disease triggers, and drug efficiency. “We would gain a much better understanding of… read more

Why we should all be thrilled about the FDA starting to embrace innovation

On Feb. 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration took a huge step towards patient-centric medicine when it approved the marketing of genetics testing company 23andMe’s carrier test for Bloom… read more