Smoking, lung function, and the genetics that explain it

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications The percentage of smokers in the United States declined by almost 15% between 2005 and 2013 (the latest date for which survey results are available), from 20.9% to 17.8% of adults (cdc.gov). However, that still leaves more than 40 million adults who are active smokers. In… Read More Smoking, lung function, and the genetics that explain it

Genetic analysis reveals defective protein leading to mitral valve prolapse

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications Another small but important piece has been fitted in to the endless puzzle of genetic predisposition to disease. This time, a gene responsible for a cardiac condition found in ~2% of individuals has been uncovered by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital. Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) has… Read More Genetic analysis reveals defective protein leading to mitral valve prolapse

Genetic Diversity: Another note on the ASCO policy statement

By: David Shifrin, PhD Science Writer, Filament Life Science Communications Last week, we talked about the updated ASCO policy on genetic testing in oncology. With that out of the way, I wanted to take a quick look at two issues that were only mentioned in the accompanying editorial but worth another pass. Authors Paul Yu, Julie… Read More Genetic Diversity: Another note on the ASCO policy statement