Editing the Human Genome

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications Two posts ago we looked at new advances in the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system. The DNA-snipping bacterial immune response has been adapted and adopted incredibly quickly by scientists. Arguably, CRISPR’s promise for everything from cell culture experiments in academic labs to curing human genetic diseases makes… Read More Editing the Human Genome

ASHG Issues Updated Position Statement on Genetic Testing in Minors

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications The American Society of Human Genetics has just released a new position statement about genetic testing of minors. The statement, titled “Points to Consider: Ethical, Legal and Psychosocial Implications of Genetic Testing in Children and Adolescents,” was published at the beginning of July in the American… Read More ASHG Issues Updated Position Statement on Genetic Testing in Minors

Faster genetic screening in fish to help solve diseases in man

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications Determining whether a genetic mutation is causative of a specific phenotype or disease is a significant challenge in both basic research and clinical practice. Now, a team of researchers from the National Human Genome Research Institute (part of the NIH) has developed a method to make… Read More Faster genetic screening in fish to help solve diseases in man

Opinions on Genetic Testing from the Early Adopters

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications The past few weeks have been filled with articles dealing with the distribution and use of genetic test results. As we have pointed out on this blog, the underlying theme is that gaining a full(er) understanding of the clinical implications of any given genetic variant will… Read More Opinions on Genetic Testing from the Early Adopters