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Podcast: Mapping Humanity—How modern genetics is changing criminal justice, personalized medicine, and our identities

Innovations in genetics are already changing our lives for the better, and will continue to do so. Using gene-editing technology, ...
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Population health vs personalized medicine? Coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of multiple approaches

“If we are to advance health care in the United States, where is the dollar best spent? Is it spent ...
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Aging is ‘truly personal’: You could have the immune system of a teenager and the metabolism of a 50-year-old

One 50-year-old has the nimble metabolism of a teenager, while another’s is so creaky he developed type 2 diabetes — ...
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Personalizing pancreatic cancer treatment by growing, treating tumors in a dish

Only about 15% of advanced pancreatic patients are alive two years after their diagnosis. Margaret Schwarzhans has now made it ...
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DNA, fruit flies and the quest to treat cancer with precision medicine

"Cancer therapy is becoming customized to each patient." ...
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Viewpoint: AI promises to revolutionize personalized medicine. Now we need ‘clinical validation’.

Machines can now be trained to see things humans cannot, and likely never will.  ... From obviating the need to ...
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Viewpoint: Trump’s proposed drug price cap would threaten gene therapies, cell-based therapies by stifling innovation

President Trump has said he plans to issue an executive order to lower what the United States government would pay ...
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Your own fruit fly ‘avatars’ could boost precision medicine treatments

Personalized cancer medicine involves looking at an individual’s genome and cancer growth to help find more effective ways of screening ...
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Taking cancers apart ‘piece-by-piece’ in search for vulnerabilities that could be attacked with precision medicine

Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team ...
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Better understanding of how genes work together could be key to personalized medicine

Tens of thousands of people have had their genomes sequenced yet it remains a major challenge to infer future health ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine plagued by an ’embarrassing’ human reference genome

The human reference genome, largely completed in 2001, has achieved near-mythic status. It is “the book of life,” the “operating ...
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Viewpoint: The problem with personalized medicine is that ‘statistics are being misinterpreted’

Personalized medicine aims to match individuals with the therapy that is best suited to them and their condition. Advocates proclaim ...
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How AI can make gene editing ‘more accurate, cheaper and easier’

One of the most exciting prospects about gene technology is the development of precision or personalized medicine. The field, which ...
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Breast cancer is not ‘one size fits all’: Obesity, alcohol use, inactivity exacerbate risk

A regular mammogram isn’t enough to battle breast cancer anymore. Researchers have found that a third of breast cancer cases ...
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Why the promise of personalized medicine could fall short for minorities

African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies ...
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Questions about wisdom of early mammograms raise stakes for genetic profiling

Conflicting screening recommendations are sure to confuse women — which raises the importance of factoring in genetic factors in risk ...
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Is crowdsourcing key to finding cures for genetic-based diseases like depression?

Fifteen gene loci are linked to depression using 23andMe user data in the most comprehensive study of the disease yet ...
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‘Bad genes’ may not mean you’ll get a disease

Today, personalized medicine hinges on genetic information on risks of disease. Unfortunately, having a disease-associated mutation may bear little to ...
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Precision medicine’s cost challenges: Are there lower tech alternatives?

Precision medicine is leading to cures but at high cost to healthcare systems. But there are emerging examples of lower-tech ...
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Designer viruses and precision medicine: New findings for the future of gene therapies

Precision and personalized medicine have at their heart the promise of targeting diseases with specialized therapies specific to certain types ...