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Medicine – Genomic Enterprise Blog

Can we achieve a healthy lifespan of 100 years?

Image Source: The Guardian In the quest for a longer, healthier life, the interplay between genetics, epigenetics, and environment has become a focal point of scientific research. The tantalizing question that emerges is: Can we achieve a lifespan of 100 years while maintaining good health and vitality? Recent studies, including the renowned “Blue Zones” research …

Rare Diseases: a parent’s journey

Journey is really the best word.  Thirty years of researching, detoxifying the home environment, creating an organic, colorful and nutrient rich diet, increasing the oxygen infusion in the blood and to the brain, employing creative hands-on learning techniques, and working through day long sessions of physical therapy and yet there was always that feeling that …

Diabetes, Obesity and Genetics

Doctors and researchers have found that obesity and diabetes are connected. People who are obese are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes (also known as “insulin-resistant” or “adult-onset” diabetes), particularly if a close family member is affected with diabetes. Therefore, it becomes very important to maintain a healthy body weight throughout your life …

Human Evolution and the Birth of Medicine

There is no discussion: human and apes are close relatives with a common ancestor. Evolution studies confirm this hypothesis with different fossils differing in age with traces of genomic DNA and molecular features between these two species. Social science in apes also tells us that they are always in groups, have a structure of hierarchy …

“Dallas Buyers Club” and HIV testing

What would you do if you were tested positive for HIV in a routine blood exam? Well, this question came up after I saw the movie Dallas Buyers Club. The movie portrays the life of Ron Woodroof, who was a Texas cowboy and drug user and was diagnosed with AIDS in the 1980s. He was initially …

Cancer Genomes and Personalized Medicine – are we there yet?

Cancer is and was always a disease that frightened humankind. The diagnosis of the disease meant a death sentence some decades ago. However, things are changing for the better. Armed with the initial human genome sequence available in 2001 and hundreds of cancer genomes, we can now use targeted drugs for specific defects in cancer …

Genetic Diseases: new horizons, new hopes

Monogenic genetic diseases are frequent causes of neonatal morbidity and mortality, and disease presentations are often undiagnosed. Scientists have already identified genetic problems for more than 7,000 genetic diseases and around 500 of these already have applicable treatments. Thousands of disorders caused by a single gene defect have been characterized at molecular levels, but clinical …

P4 Medicine – a new revolutionary approach to treat diseases?

The term “P4 Medicine” was first introduced more than 5 years ago by the researcher Leroy Hood in an attempt to change medicine from a reactive to a proactive perspective. The ultimate goal of this “futuristic medicine” is to maximize wellness for each individual rather than just treat the disease. P4 stands for the letter …

Translational research and applied medicine – are we all lost in translation?

In this blog post today, I will share some experiences in my day-to-day life doing (or trying hard to do…) translational research. Just to be clear there are two main types of research: 1) basic, which tries to understand the fundamental principles and phenomena that drive cells, organisms, systems and the world we live in; …


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