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  • BRCA

    25 Years of BRCA: How a Cancer Milestone Has Changed the Field

    October 24, 2019

    Each October, the color pink seems to take over as breast cancer awareness month moves into full swing. Everything from nonprofit fundraisers to big time sporting events get a fresh pop of color as a visual reminder of the need for more education and increased awareness, the hope for new cancer treatments, and as a tribute to those who have been affected by, or who have lost their lives, to the disease.

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    The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    December 18, 2018

    The overwhelming draw of DTC genetic kits is their appeal to discover more about one’s ancestry and heritage, as well as health and wellness.

  • Genetics

    Is Your Genetic Test Telling You the Truth?

    October 29, 2018

    When I first ordered my at-home DNA testing kit, I was curious about my family’s ancestry – was the lavish rumor true that my Polish roots began with a bankrupted Hungarian royal?

  • Mini Organ

    Mini-organs: Next-Gen Lab Model, not the Child of Frankenstein

    October 25, 2018

    When it comes to biology, fiction often predates reality, sometimes by centuries. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein epitomizes how much one novel has infiltrated science throughout time.

  • CRISPR

    CRISPR: Potential & Problems

    July 13, 2018

    Whether academic or athletic, there is a limit to what modern humans are capable of. The reasons for this have a lot to do with our genetic makeup. But what if that changed?

  • Time Machine

    Genome Time Machine

    March 30, 2018

    The human genome is a bit like a time machine, says Ben Voight, an associate professor in Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics and of Genetics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine.

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    Jumping on the At Home DNA Testing Kit Bandwagon

    February 23, 2018

    Direct-to-consumer (DTC) DNA tests were popular gifts this past holiday season. The tests’ makers promise the ability to sketch out details about customers’ family trees, but some results may also include a swath of information related to your genetic risk of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and Parkinson's disease.

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    Human Genetics Studies Reveal New Targets to Reduce Heart Disease

    September 06, 2017

    Again and again, it’s the rare among humans that help the rest of us. The exploration of human genetics is revealing new targets to combat heart disease among atypical variants. Mutations in genes that play a role in heart health are the inspiration for a cluster of new heart drugs.

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    Is Running Really Good for the Heart?

    February 13, 2017

    Running season is just around the corner—and for many people, from avid runners to weekend warriors, that means it’s almost time to lace up your shoes and dust off those training plans. But recent news stories about runners suffering sudden cardiac arrest and other heart-related complications mid-race might leave some wondering if there may actually be a risk to running.

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    PennSeek is the "Google" of EMRs

    January 25, 2017

    Genetic sequencing technology has generated a vast amount of biomedical data in the past ten years. Along with that, the technology has become cheaper, faster and more accurate. This month, the Penn Center for Precision Medicine Accelerator Fund awarded its first grants to eight research teams for personalized medicine projects across a gamut of clinical specialties, from lung cancer to infectious disease to knee surgery, each making use of “big data” in different ways.

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