Using Whole Genome Sequencing in Patients with Neuromyelitis Optica

In the April 2014 Edition of Neurology, Benjamin Greenberg, Douglas Kerr, Tim Harris, Aaron Day-Williams and John Carulliwrote about a study that was conducted to deduce the inheritance pattern of those who suffered from Neuromyelitis Optica. Neuromyelitis Optica is an uncommon autoimmune disorder that can affect the nervous system, optic nerves, and the spinal cord. […]

Winner of Lasker Award Calls for Universal Cancer Screening

On Monday morning the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Awards were announced according to a New York Times article. One of the winners of these awards used her spotlight in a very constructive way- she called for widening the use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer. Mary-Claire King, 68, Departments of Medicine and […]

Ebola Outbreak Leaves Behind Genome Sequences

On August 28, 2014, researchers from Harvard University and the Broad Institute released a report that sequences and analyzes the genomes from the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. Stephen Gire and Pardis Sabeti of Harvard and the Broad Institute led the collaborative effort of more than 50 co-authors. The research is […]