Genetic Future

Archives for January, 2011

Genetic Future is moving

After a semi-hiatus due to various distractions, I’m about to restart blogging in earnest again over at the new home of Genetic Future on Wired Science.  Please update your RSS feed: my new one is here. And a reminder: you can always keep track of new posts here as well as other nuggets of genomics…

In the last century infant mortality has declined precipitously in the Western world, thanks in large part to the development of antibiotics and vaccination. Yet as the suffering and death from infectious disease has reduced, the burden from genetic disease has become proportionately greater: currently around 20% of all infant deaths in developed countries are…

Software company 5AM Solutions has just launched a neat little FireFox plug-in for customers of consumer genomics company 23andMe.  The idea is very simple: Download your raw data from 23andMe (or use one of the files from me or my colleagues at Genomes Unzipped); Install the plug-in from here and point it to your 23andMe data; Browse…

As part of his Gene Week celebration over at Forbes, Matthew Herper has a provocative post titled “Why you can’t have your $1000 genome“. In this post I’ll explain why, while Herper’s pessimism is absolutely justified for genomes produced in a medical setting, I’m confident that I’ll be obtaining my own near-$1000 genome in the…