Carl Zimmer is a science writer with a regular column in the New York Times. During a recent visit to the Aspen Ideas Festival, folks from the Aspen Institute interviewed Zimmer and asked questions about CRISPR's DNA editing technologies, genetics research, and the crossroads of research and policy. Read more here: www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/understanding-genetics-revolution/
Genetic counselor Leila Jamal discusses the importance of family history and family involvement to genetic counseling as use of genomic testing increases
Last week, the FDA approved a new genetic test that "can tell you how different drugs will work for you, based on the genetic makeup of your tumor." Wired reports on this new test and the impact it could have on cancer care. Read more: www.wired.com/story/fast-precise-cancer-care-is-coming-to-a-hospital-near-you/
Science Magazine also reported on the new paper from researcher Dr. Jason Vassy who recently published his findings of primary care patients who underwent whole genome sequencing. Also included in the report is discussion of another recent paper from researchers at Stanford Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine. Both of these recent publications provide insight to how often exome and genome sequencing reveals genetic variants associated with disease. Read more here: www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/06/one-five-healthy-adults-may-carry-disease-related-genetic-mutations
This week, a research article about a randomized trial of whole genome sequencing in primary care was published and has resulted in a number of articles about its results. The folks at Wired interviewed the lead researcher, Jason Vassy about the study's findings. Read that article here: www.wired.com/story/you-can-get-your-whole-genome-sequenced-but-should-you/
To read the research article published in Annals of Internal Medicine, you must have a subscription to the journal. Duke has a subscription and you can access at the Duke library.
The National Society of Genetic Counselors regularly holds webinars with interesting topics about genetics and genomics. Coming up next Tuesday, June 27 will be the webinar "My Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease: Is the Answer in My Genes?." You can register, seeing other upcoming webinar topics, and download previous webinars here: www.aboutgeneticcounselors.com/Genetic-Counselors-and-You-Webinar-Series
The first patients have been enrolled in the All of Us research program at one of the study sites. Enrollment will gradually expand to 100 sites during the beta phase. Beta testers will help find problems with systems and processes, so they can fix them and improve the experience for everyone going forward. They hope to transition from beta phase later this year.
"It's too early"...the science behind personalized nutrition and diet advice based on DNA and microbiome
Companies offering "personalized nutrition" information based on your DNA and microbiome are taking off. But scientists question the usefulness of these tests for more than "fun"
Findings from a research project exploring the genomes of 6,500 Danish individuals indicates that those with one of two particular variants of the FGF21 gene more likely to enjoy and seek out sugary substances. This discovery is leading to additional questions about the function of the gene and food taste preference.
From The Washington Post: The experience of a 23 year old diagnosed with colon cancer who joined a research trial for a new immunotherapy drug that, for the first time, attacks a genetic feature in a tumor rather than the disease’s location in the body.