Diseases

Could DNA Tools Help Manage Ebola?

Recent innovations in DNA analysis have given scientists and epidemiologists new ways to track and treat outbreaks, and many of these tools are already being deployed in the battle against Ebola and other diseases. Technologies...

Diagnosing the First Patient: Genomics to the Rescue

Nic Volker. Beatrice Rienhoff. Alexis and Noah Beery. If you happen to be a scientist or clinician in the genomics field, you already know the topic of this article just from those four names. Each...

This Diagnostic Device Could Save You a Trip to the Doctor

Want to take an influenza test without visiting the doctor’s office? San Diego-based startup Cue aims to provide consumers with an innovative solution to track fertility, testosterone, and vitamin levels and detect inflammation and influenza....

Should You Have the Right Not to Know Genetic Information?

Affordable genome sequencing has brought with it a host of ethical debates. Who owns the data? Who can access the data? Should we sequence children? But the debate most likely to directly affect you in...

How a Database May Demystify a Deadly Children’s Disease

Iris Melendez was pregnant with her second child in 2004 when her healthy two-year old son Nathaniel developed a mild cold and a fever. A doctor diagnosed mononucleosis, but 48 hours later the boy had...

Should the FDA Regulate Medical Apps?

At the Consumer Electronics Show last January, the seventh most popular gadget in a popular vote was a wireless glucose meter for diabetics, Telcare BGM.The device reads the glucose level in a drop of blood...

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