DNA Sequencing: The Backbone of Personalized Medicine

Concept of Personalized Medical Care As a society, we have been accustomed to the concept of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to healthcare. However, this has not been ideal for many people and limits the success of medical management. There are instances where there is some level of tailoring to the individual, but not to the extent […]

Role of Epigenetic Changes in the Etiology of Human Diseases

Introduction The field of epigenetics is ever-growing and considered to be a relatively new branch of genetic research. However, the concept dates back to the 1940s when it was understood as a mechanism that involved gene and gene-product interactions responsible for phenotypic expression1. Epigenetics is now understood as stable, heritable changes in gene expression that […]

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 […]