Who’s Your Daddy? Perils of Genomics in Medicine

By Alexander Morgan, amorgan

We are at the start of the age of genomic medicine, and one of the possible concerns about genomic testing is that it can be used as a high fidelity form of paternity testing.  Although instances of non-paternity may be quite high in certain groups, there hasn’t been a lot of discussion of actual cases..

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11th September, 2014

Not a Pre-med, Not Yet a Doctor

By Stephan Chiu, schiu

“What are you doing?” the nurse said. “I’m learning how to scrub in,” I replied. “What year are you?” “MS2.” “You should already know that by now,” she said matter-of-factly. Ah, the woe of a second year medical student. With increasing knowledge comes increasing responsibility and expectations. There isn’t the option of hiding behind the..

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10th September, 2014

Is Tobacco a Gateway Drug to Cocaine? What Molecular Biology Says and Doesn’t Say

By Jake Rosenberg, jrosenberg

In this week’s New England Journal, the Nobel-prize winner Eric Kandel and Denise Kandel publish a lecture in which they address the question of whether tobacco is a gateway drug for cocaine. They open the article by discussing the fact that, “…in 2012, among U.S. adults 18 to 34 years of age who had ever..

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9th September, 2014