Tag Archives: Scientific Communication

Testing DTC Genomic Testing I

Now that we’ve all gotten over the shock of being able to order a genetic test through Amazon.com, we can begin to actually ask some useful questions about DTC genomic testing and its utility.  Not much is really known about … Continue reading

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Are most published research findings false?

Many people are aware of the work of John Ioannidis regarding the analysis of research findings and the conclusions drawn from those analyses.  In particular, these concepts were described by him in a paper published in PLOS Medicine in 2005 … Continue reading

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Genomic Test for your Kid’s Sports Ability? Oh, Please!

The US FDA just sent out more letters to genomic testing firms asking them to explain why their testing kits should not be regulated.  The companies in question (and their target market) were Lumigenix (disease predisposition), American International Biotechnology Services … Continue reading

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Failure of the Genome?

I recently read an article written by Jonathan Latham in the Guardian (UK) online with the title, “Failure of the Genome” (credit to Genome Web for pointing the post out to their readers).  Following the eye-grabbing headline, the article goes … Continue reading

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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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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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Cytokinetics ALS Drug “Helps” Patients, but Stock is Down 22%?

OK, I admit that I am probably too much of an idealist, but today’s news about Cytokinetics and its amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) drug bugs me. The first story I saw has the headline, “Cytokinetics, Inc. (CYTK) Stock Plunges 21% … Continue reading

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