Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: bioinformatics

A Do-It-Yourself Genomic Challenge to Myriad, the FDA and the Future of Genetic Tests

Over the weekend, Steven L. Salzberg and Mihaela Pertea published a short but significant article in the journal Genome Biology. In “Do-it-yourself genetic testing,” Salzberg and Pertea describe the creation of “a computational screen that tests an individual’s genome for mutations in the BRCA genes, despite the fact that both are currently protected by patents.” […]

The Past, Present and Future of DTC Genetic Testing Regulation

[Editor’s Note: Newsweek science editor Mary Carmichael has a DNA Dilemma. As Carmichael debates whether to take a direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic test, she is soliciting feedback from the DTC community, from the public and from other commentators, including myself. At the end of the week, she will make her decision. On Tuesday, Carmichael and five […]

Personal Genomics Goes to Washington

Next week, the eyes of the personal genomics world will be focused on Washington, D.C., where the FDA and Congress will be meeting separately to consider the industry’s future. First, the FDA will convene a highly-anticipated public meeting (July 19th and 20th) to “discuss how the agency will oversee laboratory-developed tests (LDTs).” The FDA announced last month a proposal […]

Leveraging the Crowd to Understand Your Genome

Earlier this week Peter Aldhous of NewScientist magazine recounted an unusual experience with DTC genomics provider Decode Genetics. In reviewing his genetic data on the deCODEme website, Aldhous uncovered what appeared to be significant and bizarre errors in his mitochondrial DNA. Aldhous turned to Blaine Bettinger, The Genetic Genealogist, for help in diagnosing the problem […]

Will Funding Break Through the Bioinformatics Bottleneck?

Earlier this month, the NIH announced the renewal of a grant program that awards up to $275,000 over two years to academic institutes, small businesses, non-profits and other groups, to support research aimed at developing new ways of managing, manipulating and interpreting genomic and other biological data. But the utility and necessity of such grants […]