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DTC Genomic Testing: a Window on Society?

I continue to believe that the discussion surrounding the Direct to Consumer (i.e. DTC) genomic testing is basically a healthy thing (pardon the pun).  It seems to me to be a window into the larger conversation about the role of … Continue reading

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A Couple of Glimpses at the Genomic Future

There were a couple of stories in the news in the last few days regarding genomic/genetic testing that hit on recent controversies surround said testing. In earlier posts, such as this one, I commented on the now world-wide discussion about … Continue reading

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Recent Developments in DTC Genomic Testing

It’s been relatively quiet on the DTC Genomic Testing front since the turmoil over the FDA’s decision to consider regulating DTC genetic/genomic testing last summer died down.  Nevertheless, there have been a few news items that yielded glimpses of what … Continue reading

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Genome Hacking

How genetic information will flow and be used is of interest to me in this environment of ever-cheaper and ever more rapid DNA sequencing.  What used to be fairly privileged, esoteric information is rapidly becoming a commodity item.  How will … Continue reading

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Genomic-level Testing: the Debate Continues

This is an interesting debate unfolding here: what to do about Direct To Consumer (DTC) genetic/genomic testing.  The two sides seem to be It’s my DNA and I want to know what’s there You may not get correct information on … Continue reading

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Cancer Genes in the News Again

There seems to have been quite a bit of activity in the world of gene-based cancer diagnostics lately.  Just in the last 24 hours some of Myriad Genetics’ BRCA patents were ruled invalid in the United States (http://www.genomicslawreport.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Myriad-SJ-Opinion.pdf) and a … Continue reading

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The Future of Medicine?

Leroy Hood proposes the “P4” view of medicine in an interview in MIT’s Technology Review (http://www.technologyreview.com/biomedicine/24703/page1/). The four P’s are Powerfully Predictive, Personalized, Preventative, and Participatory. These apparently will be the underlying concepts in, as the article puts it, a … Continue reading

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