On the cutting edge of personal genetics – frontiers in cancer therapeutics and more

3707633630_14910566ba_bThis week, we have two stories from the front lines of research towards personalizing cancer treatments – a report of a non-invasive technique being developed to monitor the genetic make-up of tumors by isolating rare tumor cells from patients’ blood as well as a new study from the Cancer Genome Atlas uncovering mutations linked to tumor growth in a common form of lung cancer. Also, look for comments from our friend Mike Dougherty, Director of Education at the American Society of Human Genetics, in an article about whether a couple’s DNA says anything about their long-term compatibility. Finally, read about a study looking at the effects of a pregnant mouse’s diet on her grandchildren. To read more about this topic (a pgEd favorite, sometimes called by the fancy name “transgenerational epigenetic inheritance”), check out resources at the University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center and cutting edge research from December reported by Virginia Hughes in National Geographic Phenomena.

Talk about chemistry! Dating site tests DNA to make matches
By Jolie Lee
USA Today
July 15, 2014

Cancer cells may guide treatment
Changes in patient monitored in lab
By Carolyn Johnson
Boston Globe
July 11, 2014

Mom’s environment during pregnancy can affect her grandchildren
by Jocelyn Kaiser
July 10, 2014

Lung Cancer Genomic Mapping Yields New Targets in Study
By Robert Langreth
July 9, 2014

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