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 […]

Human Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing or full genome sequencing is a field of study that has proven to be quite critical to the average person. The number of discoveries found through sequencing is rapidly growing by the day.   Of the many applications for genome sequencing, one of the largest is for research. This might apply to […]

HOW DNA SEQUENCING WORKS

The Basic Structure of DNA We may hear a lot about deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) and how scientists discover mutations and other information about the specific makeup of DNA; however, how this information is actually obtained may elude many. The process to determine the actual make-up of a strand of DNA is called DNA sequencing. To […]