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Genomics: A revolution in health care?

Drugs affect people differently and we’re increasingly understanding why. For many of us, it’s down to our genes.

How Can Big Data Beat Big Disease?

Predicting outbreaks of a disease, from the passage of the Zika virus to a person’s predisposition to cancer, is crucial to our ability to fight back—and big data is at the front of that battle.

Why Pregnancy Means Less Licorice and More Supplements

The foods eaten in pregnancy matter more than ever—they’re the building blocks of the baby.

Why Taking Our Meds Right Matters

As many as half of all patients don’t take their medication as recommended.

Heart Disease: How One Gene Makes All The Difference

With a regular human genome consisting of 46 chromosomes and around 20,000 genes made up of 3 billion base pairs of DNA, just a slight alteration to our genetic code is enough to cause us disease.

Can Cell Therapy Beat the Most Difficult Diseases?

There are some 7,000 intractable diseases with no known treatment, but medicine hasn’t given up, and in an effort to treat intractable diseases we are turning to the very building blocks of our bodies.

Should we edit the human germline?

Genome editing is as consequential as it is controversial. Scientists are exploring the possibility of altering genes that cause specific diseases. But even if we can do it, the question is: should we?


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