In the late 1990s, as Esteban Burchard was finishing up his medical training at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, newspaper headlines blared warnings about what appeared to be a growing asthma epidemic.
Here’s a riddle: If an alien life form is, well, alien, how will we know what it is? DNA and RNA are the building blocks of life on Earth, but the molecules of life might differ substantially on another planet. So if scientists combing, say, the potentially habitable waters of Jupiter’s moon Europa were to stumble…
Cockroaches have been one of humanity’s most unwanted, yet admirably persistent, roommates for thousands of years. But despite our reluctant intimacy, there’s still a lot we don’t understand about these insects. A new study, published today in Nature Communication, unpacks the genes that make roaches tick—and helps…
At a San Francisco biotech conference on Monday, DNA sequencing giant Illumina announced the launch of a new DNA sequencer that could push the cost of decrypting the human genome from $1,000 to just $100.
A child delivered last week in California could well be the first healthy baby born in the United States "with his entire genetic makeup deciphered in advance," according to MIT Technology Review.
One day we'll have truly personalized medicine; your doctor will sequence your genome and prescribe a drug tailor-made for whatever ails you. Though this vision is still decades away, there are already a few people who are benefiting from it. Like this young woman, whose rare disorder was diagnosed after she got her…
Scientists have successfully sequenced a baby's entire genome while it was still in the womb — and without interfering with its protective sac. This non-invasive breakthrough could have profound implications for prenatal screening practices, and the potential elimination of genetic disorders.
A small Amsterdam startup called Medicinal Genomics, has analyzed the marijuana plant down to its strands of DNA, and the company's CEO says some analysis of the data will be available as an iPad app next fall.
Drawing individual strands of DNA through nanoscopic pores in a chip could do in a matter of minutes what the human genome project took more than a decade to achieve – sequence an entire human genome.
A year ago, it was big news that the human genome could be sequenced for just $50,000. Now, one physicist is trying to make everyone else look ridiculous by saying he can do the whole damn thing for $30.