Whole Exome Sequencing Leads to Personalized Care for Aortic Aneurysms

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications In 2009, over 10,500 deaths were caused by ruptured aortic aneurysms, while the same condition contributed to another 17,000. Aneurysms occur when a vessel wall weakens, causing a bulge like that seen in a water balloon squeezed in a fist. When the pressure becomes too great,… Read More Whole Exome Sequencing Leads to Personalized Care for Aortic Aneurysms

Patients with schizophrenia display an increased burden of detrimental variants, according to a new genome-wide study

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications Uncovering the etiologies of mental diseases has been a huge challenge for scientists and clinicians alike. The underlying processes that lead to mental illness are multifactorial, with biological, genetic and environmental/lifestyle contributors all playing a role. Though we are still a long way off from a… Read More Patients with schizophrenia display an increased burden of detrimental variants, according to a new genome-wide study

Closing the gap between the promise and reality of genetic testing: Is data sharing the answer?

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications These days, there is a significant push in parts of the genetics community to share testing results. One of the organizations spearheading this effort is Free the Data, which focuses on getting patients to contribute their BRCA1/2 sequences to an anonymized database for use in research.… Read More Closing the gap between the promise and reality of genetic testing: Is data sharing the answer?