The Future of Genomic Medicine #FOGM14 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 21, 2014)

The image above is from one of the earliest studies on the genetics of clefting done here at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Those were the days, weren't they? You had to track signs and symptoms across generations, for decades, trying to deduce large scale patterns. Now we spit in a tube and … Continue reading The Future of Genomic Medicine #FOGM14 — Hashtags of the Week (HOTW): (Week of March 21, 2014)

Biobanking and Genomic Research: Ethical Challenges and Policy Implications

On 22 March, Amy McGuire of the Baylor College of medicine will speak on participant attitudes toward genomic data sharing, investigators’ practices and perspectives on the return of genetic research results, ethical issues in human microbiome research, and ethical and policy issues related to the clinical integration of genomics. Date:  22 March Time:  3:30-4:45 Location:  … Continue reading Biobanking and Genomic Research: Ethical Challenges and Policy Implications

Self-identification of race & personalized medicine–does it work?

The Shots blog at NPR reports a study from PLoS One, which suggests that using race as a stand-in for personalized genetic information may not work, especially in certain areas.  Because there's so much genetic variation among races, the labels that people use for themselves don't provide the right information for doctors who want to look for … Continue reading Self-identification of race & personalized medicine–does it work?