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Pregnancy myths from the 1600s, the first US attempt to genetically modify a human embryo, the complexity in our genes and more..

By Kunal Kalro

, on August 2, 2017

For the next time someone mentions your biological clock

Looking at you, mom. First give them your best side eye. Then send them this.

Takeaway:

The myth of “fertility dropping off a cliff at 35” is based on research done rural French census records from the 1600s. Sooo, best not to get your fertility advice from 400 year old French farmers.

First attempt to genetically modify an embroyo in US

The GIF above is the first known attempt to genetically modify human embryos in the U.S. carried out in Portland, Oregon using CRISPR. This is pretty big. The technology is arriving, and arriving fast. What remains to be seen is if, as a society, are anywhere near ready for it.

Spoiler alert: We are definitely not. Of course there are concerns around ethics, accessibility and growing divide between social classes. But this newly coined genetic privilege has the potential to increase inequality to levels from which we may never return.

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The uncertainty in our genes

Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis, and personalized treatment. But not everyone gets answers.

Takeaway: AnneMarie Ciccarella’s effort to understand her rare case of familial risk for breast cancer highlights the uncertainty in genetics and the tension that can cause for patients and their families who are looking for answers.

To move forward regulators and researchers must work with patients and organizations like Eugene that amass large amounts of genetic data to find ways to improve these processes.
Read more…

How genetics works in a nutshell.

 

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