A new strategic plan from an arm of the National Institutes of Health envisions scientists being able to identify genetic bases of most single-gene disorders and gaining new insights into multi-gene disorders in the next decade. This should lead to more accurate diagnoses, new drug targets and the development of practical treatments for many who today lack therapeutic options, according to the plan from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI).
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- Blogger Outed In Court | Universal Health
N=1 over at Universal Health discusses a medical blogger’s malpractice case settlement and the bigger picture of social responsiblity.
- Dr. Jim Watson’s Genome Sequenced for 2 Million Dollars | Eye on DNA
Hsien-Hsien Lei at Eye on DNA congratulates Dr. James Watson, co-discoverer of the structure of DNA. He’s the first human to have his genome sequenced.
- 10 Tips for How to Acquire a Disease | ScienceRoll
Berci over at ScienceRoll gives us 10 tips on how to aquire a disease. A must read!
- How To Lower Your Cooling Costs And Go Green This Summer | The Good Human
David at The Good Human offers some suggestions on how to lower cooling costs and go green this summer. Save some money and save the planet!
George Weinstock, co-director of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, wrote a short, interesting article posted to MIT’s Tech Review, contemplating whether this year may be remembered as the year of the personalized genome.
In April, two companies, 454 Life Sciences and Illumina, announced plans to sequence individual human genomes. While genotyping tests have been used for decades to sequence single genes, DNA sequencing has never been done on the entire genome of a single person.