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Posted:
Oct 19, 2016

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Christina

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The Cure for Cancer Is Data—Mountains of Data

A FEW YEARS ago Eric Schadt met a woman who had cancer. It was an aggressive form of colon cancer that had come on quickly and metastasized to her liver. She was a young war widow from Mississippi, the mother of two girls she was raising alone, and she had only the health care that her husband’s...

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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The NIH, in pursuit of precision medicine, tries to avoid ghosts of its past

The National Institutes of Health is preparing to recruit 1 million volunteers for one of its most significant research projects in years, one meant to develop personalized medical treatments.  As it does so, officials are trying to dodge the ghosts of a similarly ambitious research initiative, one...

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Feb 12, 2016

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Emily S

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Pharma gets data for discounts

With the mounting price of drugs, the pharmaceutical industry has taken to subsidizing patients’ costs through copay cards and patient assistance foundations. In return for the discounted or free drugs, the companies request patient data. The drug companies say they’re using the information to...

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Helix, a New Gene Sequencing Venture, Aims to Create Digital Hub for Genomics

One of the top providers of gene-sequencing technology, Illumina, is teaming up with investors in hopes of buttressing the growing universe of genetic analysis businesses. Illumina and the investment firms Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures plan to announce on Tuesday that they have created a...

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Cambridge company launches 'Tinder' for cancer trials

As an employee with genetics company Life Technologies, Martin Naley would receive calls from friends and acquaintances looking for guidance on their cancer.  While he was able to connect them to clinical trials with experimental treatments, or help them understand the genetics of their cancer, he...

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May 26, 2015

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Deirdre

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Beyond Average: New platforms genetically barcode tens of thousands of cells at a time

Imagine someone hands you a smoothie and asks you to identify everything that went into it.  You might be able to discern a hint of strawberry or the tang of yogurt. But overall it tastes like a blend of indiscernible ingredients.  Now imagine that the smoothie is made of 20,000 ground-up cells...

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Apple Has Plans for Your DNA: The iPhone could become a new tool in genetic studies.

Of all the rumors ever to swirl around the world’s most valuable company, this may be the first that could involve spitting in a plastic cup. Apple is collaborating with U.S. researchers to launch apps that would offer some iPhone owners the chance to get their DNA tested, many of them for the...

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Sep 24, 2014

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Maggie

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Finding Risks, Not Answers, in Gene Tests

Jennifer was 39 and perfectly healthy, but her grandmother had died young from breast cancer, so she decided to be tested for mutations in two genes known to increase risk for the disease.When a genetic counselor offered additional tests for 20 other genes linked to various cancers, Jennifer said...

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