Genetics 101 Blog

What are the odds of finding an individual in Canada who does not know anyone battling cancer? Considering the amount of campaigns and awareness surrounding this condition the chances of this individual existing are extremely low. That is the footprint of this disease and that is why communities come together to support one another and…

Is lean steak – high in protein, low in fat & cholesterol – heart healthy? The answer surprising … Intuition would elude one to believe lean steak to be a healthier red meat option especially when it comes to maintaining top notch cardiac functions. With specs of high protein, low fat and low cholesterol, how…

How many of your fellow peers growing up as kids wore glasses? Interestingly enough that question has a lot to do with the ethnicity of the location you grew up in. Discovering patterns is quite fascinating and if one emerges it’s the inquisitive nature of our species to delve into its details. Professor Chris Hammond…

Companies all over the world leverage big data to assess the health of their organization and measure the impact of tools or technologies they use to deliver the products or services. From a business stand point effective interpretation of these metrics saves time and money devoted to seeking the most suitable investment options. Similarly from…

Did you fill a prescription recently? If you did, you certainly received a 3-4 page printout called a drug monograph. This is a legal document that designed to explain: the possible harms that could be caused by the drug (dizziness, nausea, etc.) how it should be taken (i.e. take three times a day with food),…

Rapid deployment of new sequencing technologies in clinical practice lead to discovery of new disease-causing variants that have significant implications for patients and sometimes provide life-saving insights. However these revolutionary technologies will exacerbate constant ethical dilemmas for geneticists and counselors: what type of disease prediction should be disclosed to the patient? In general ethics guidelines…

The Globe & Mail just published an article about new ways to improve reproductive health entitled “Biological clock running out? Take heart” by Tralee Pearce, from Monday’s Nov 5th – L4 or “Over 40 and trying to conceive? New techniques offer hope” on Sunday’s edition. The article provides interesting insights how to improve the probability…

Doctors’ ignorance is very dangerous for patients; most physicians cannot keep up with accelerating progress of science. Most general practitioners, and even oncologists, frequently ignore the scientific evidence as they wait until this knowledge will be adopted in clinical practice elsewhere, and they will be willing to prescribe new medications and tests only after they…

This is a very nice story, but it makes me sad. The guy (Lukas Wartma) was lucky to be working at a genomic centre and was practically saved by his colleagues, but what about all other cancer patients who not so fortunate and do not have such access to cutting edge science? Ironically this story…

Current genome sequencing technologies already allow for cost effective and comprehensive disease prediction. However,  for the average consumer, does it really make sense to pay $5,000 for a whole genome analysis at this time? And what can they gain from  an analysis of this sort?  After all, genome sequencing will identify three to five million…

If one judges by the news, announcements, and movies, the standard medical genetic practice is pictured to be just short of some kind of magic or, at least, to be on the cutting edge of technology. The doctors make a finger prick or take saliva sample from the affected patients and within a few hours…

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