The past week was centered around Navigenics, the newest personalized genetic company. After I posted about the launch of the company, Hsien-Hsien Lei had an interview with Elissa Levin, the director of the genetic counseling program. And Elaine Warburton at Genetics and Health shared a really long and comprehensive series of interviews with us.
As Navigenics also finds it important to train physicians to be able to understand genetics and tell patients about their genomic profile properly, you can check out A Primer on Genomic and Personalized Medicine: How Will It Affect Your Practice?
- But we should be cautious as stated by Genetics and Health:
Researchers from the Genetics and Public Policy Center at Johns Hopkins University are suggesting some companies are using misleading claims to push tests that have limited clinical validation — something they say may ultimately hurt the pharmacogenetics field.
- Daniel Macarthur at Genetic Future discusses why genome-wide scans fail.
- Sometimes Biomed Central comes up with an article with a strange title: Gene name errors can be introduced inadvertently when using Excel in bioinformatics
- Katherine Hyland explores the knowledge that is resulting from increasing genetic understanding in her presentation: A New Era in Medicine: Genetics
- My favourite blogpost of the week was How Breast Cancer and Other Four Star-Rated Topics Relate to My DNA, Part 1 from Buzzyeah. He examined the results of his genomic data at 23andMe. It’s interesting to see how people are talking about the genetic influence of their attributes.
Stay tuned for more about individualized genetics!