Personal genomic testing may have the potential to help each of us maximize our wellbeing by finding the right foods and supplements, as well as helping us to find our optimal approach to alignment and exercise. As a curious biohacker I was excited to see what Vitagene’s results would suggest. What would I discover about… Continue reading DIY – Genomic testing with Vitagene
Human Genome: Then and Now Research in the field of genomics has come a long way in the past 60 years. The pioneering effort in studying the human genome and its effect on disease was the Human Genome Project (1990-2003), which changed sequencing from a manual process to an automated computer based one. Driven by… Continue reading The Role of Big Data in Personalizing the Healthcare Experience: Genomics Part 2
Salivary diagnostics may be a cheaper, faster, better way to diagnose certain diseases. Already effective in oral cancer and Sjogren's syndrome, researchers are looking to expand the potential of using saliva. Blood tests and biopsies are invasive, expensive and time-consuming to collect and process. As seen above, salivary diagnostics… Continue reading A Dentist’s Thoughts on Salivary Diagnostics
The open data movement and thus data sharing has been steadily growing since 2001. Data Sharing Open data was a movement that came with the Big Data movement. Open data encourages the sharing of data to promote collaboration and reduce costs. Data sharing is an integral part of many aspects of Big Data in Healthcare,… Continue reading Data Sharing – Genomics
Obesity was recently classified as a disease by the American Medical Association. Ranking 5th in global obesity, over 30% of the US adult population is considered obese. Everyone knows the traditional pyramid of nutrition, but new studies show that an individual’s genome may play a role in body type and individual nutritional needs. What is… Continue reading Will Nutrigenomics Give Us “Personalized” Nutrition?
Ever wonder why family genetics don’t always make sense? According to the increasing number of publications on epigenetics, shown above, there may be both environmental and social influences involved. What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the change in gene expression that results from environmental and social causes that are not related to the DNA itself. "The… Continue reading You May Be More Than Your Genes
Angelina Jolie has been the subject of recent news because she had a preventative double mastectomy. After watching several members of her family battle cancer - Jolie's mother died from ovarian cancer and her aunt from breast cancer - Jolie decided to take a genetic test for breast cancer. The test indicated that she has the abnormal BRCA1… Continue reading Angelina Jolie and Genetic Testing
In the future, patients may no longer have to wait for the right diagnosis because scientists have decreased the time and cost of sequencing the human genome - the time has decreased from nine months in 2000 to 24 hours today, and also the cost has decreased from about $95 million in 2001 to $7950… Continue reading Big Data and Genomics: Baby Steps