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The Gene: An Intimate History Book Review

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee is a fascinating read about the journey scientists have traveled to unlock the mysteries of the gene, the master code that defines all forms of life. As with his Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Mukherjee interweaves dramatic stories about scientific discoveries and patient journeys […]

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The Juggler's Children

The Juggler’s Children by Carolyn Abraham

How appropriate that Carolyn Abraham’s new book, The Juggler’s Children was launched this April, a month of famous genetic research anniversaries. Sixty years ago, in April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their paper in Nature about their discovery of the double helix structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid, DNA. And ten years ago, in April 2003, the Human Genome Project sequenced […]

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Epigenetics – Ending the Nature versus Nurture Debate

Is it nature or nurture? That was the theme of a recent Café Scientifique in Toronto, hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Three experts talked about the field of epigenetics and how the ‘nature or nurture’ debate is a futile argument. Recent spectacular advances in genetic research may make you think scientists […]

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Family Learns Health Secrets Through Genome Sequencing

Breakthrough research in the field of personal genomics. A few years ago, John West suffered two frightening pulmonary embolisms from blood clots that traveled from his leg to his lung.  Up to 600,000 Americans suffer from venous thromboembolism each year, a combination of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE), and one third of them die as […]

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