A Genomic Medicine Perspective on the COVID-19 Response

A Genomic Medicine Perspective on the COVID-19 Response

Over the past few months, we have watched the world struggle to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. As with many things, there are lessons to be learned from genomic medicine. For example, through the genetic lens, we can equate virus transmission to heritability,...
Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Six Women Who Impacted Genetics

Nettie Stevens Nettie Stevens (1861-1912, American) discovered that a fetus’s sex is determined by chromosomes contributed by the parents during conception. Previously, it was believed that the environmental factors during conception determined sex. Charlotte Auerbach...
Lessons Learned from COVID-19 about Digital Health Tools

Lessons Learned from COVID-19 about Digital Health Tools

We are experiencing unprecedented times, as the impact of COVID-19 has challenged our daily lives, our families, our communities, and our businesses. On behalf of My Gene Counsel, we hope you are staying well and staying home, and we especially want to thank all of...
Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Doctors have used the up-and-coming gene therapy tool CRISPR in a human for the first time as part of an ongoing clinical trial to treat a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited eye disorder that affects the retina (the layer of...
New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for the treatment of high cholesterol. The medication, called Nexletol (bempedoic acid), is meant to be used in combination with a healthy diet and statin therapy to treat high...