Brigham and Women’s Hospital opens preventive genomics clinic

Genome Web |
August 2019
Press

“Preventive genomics is not yet recommended as standard of care,” Robert Green, director of the Preventive Genomics Clinic, said in a statement. “But for over two decades, our NIH-funded, randomized trials in translational genomics have generated consistent evidence that there are more potential medical benefits and fewer risks than previously considered. It is time for … Continued

NHGRI Announces Six Inaugural Genomic Innovator Awards

National Human Genome Research Institute |
August 2019
Press

Dr. Jason Vassey was announced as one of six recipients for the Genomic Innovator supporting early career investigators researching genome biology, genomic medicine, technology development and societal implications of genomic advances.

FDA stepping up actions against PGx testing, forcing some labs to stop reporting drug information

Genome Web |
August 2019
Press

Researchers led by Robert Green at Brigham and Women’s Hospital looked at whether consumers getting direct-to-consumer genetic testing were using PGx tests to change treatment decisions. Although this study relied on self-reported data from participants, it suggests that less than 1 percent could have made unsupervised medication changes based on their genetic test results.

Partners Biobank surpasses 100,000 participants

Brigham Bulletin |
August 2019
Press

“I would have never known that I was at risk if i hadn’t donated to the Biobank,” said Kristine Trudeau who knowingly enrolled in the Partners HealthCare Biobank because she wanted to help advance medicine and potentially save lives. She did not expect that it would save her own.

Should you get a home genetic test?

Harvard health Publishing |
February 2019
Press

More and more people want to explore their own medical data, and a DTC genetic test is one way to begin to understand some aspects of your future health.

The genetic counselor with a $4,000 DNA test

Bloomberg |
July 2019
Press, Video

At a new clinic in Boston, genetic counselor Carrie Blout helps healthy patients get their DNA tested for predispositions to more than 2500 diseases. Bloomberg’s Aki Ito goes through the testing herself, trialing a controversial technology at the forefront of modern medicine.

Should you find out if you’re at risk of Alzheimer’s?

The Wall Street Journal |
July 2019
Press

Dr. Robert Green on learning of your genetic risk to developing Alzheimer’s quotes:  “Not everything has a pill or medical-prevention plan, but many information-seeking persons can find all sorts of benefits in better understanding their risk of future disease.”

The promises and pitfalls of gene sequencing for newborns

NPR |
July 2019
Press

A decade ago, it seemed inevitable that every newborn would get a complete gene scan. But there are technical challenges and practical concerns.Dr. Robert Green, from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, voiced one view about doing that: “If sequencing reveals health risks at any point in life, and if that’s good, then it’s better … Continued

Blood samples reveal valuable data — and life-changing surprises for donors

The Boston Globe |
July 2019
Press

Kristine Trudeau agreed to donate a sample of blood to the Partners HealthCare Biobank, a resource for researchers across the Partners hospital network — including the Brigham and Massachusetts General. By analyzing large numbers of blood samples, scientists can learn how genes contribute to disease. Trudeau shares her experiences as being one the many participants … Continued

Sanford Health taps Harvard, Brigham and Women’s for genetic screening study

Genome Web |
June 2019
Press

Under the four-year collaboration, experts in genomic medicine from Harvard and Brigham and Women’s will help guide Sanford researchers in using and interpreting data collected through the Sanford Chip, a $49 pharmacogenomic test to identify genetic risk factors for medication use and more accurately prescribe medications.

Don’t count on 23andMe to detect most breast cancer risks, study warns

New York Times |
April 2019
Press

Nearly 90 percent of participants who carried a BRCA mutation would have been missed by 23andMe’s test, geneticists found. Dr Robert Green comments, “I think people have the right to their own genetic information, but with that right comes a responsibility. If you are going to go around the medical mainstream, read the caveats.”

DNA testing could save young lives through early intervention

The Harvard Gazette |
March 2019
Press

Pediatric oncologist Dr. Lisa Diller, the Lillian Gollay Knafel Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, is exploring genetic testing in newborns that could help them escape severe health consequences.

Genetically sequencing healthy babies yielded surprising results

Leapsmag |
January 2019
Press

As principal investigator on the BabySeq Project, Dr. Robert Green shares the findings from the project along with discussion on the expectations and benefits of sequencing healthy babies. Green states, “Suddenly the information available in the genome of even an apparently healthy individual is looking more robust, and the prospect of preventive genomics is looking … Continued

Baby sequencing steps

Nature Reviews Genetics |
January 2019
Press

In the BabySeq Study, a total of 88% of sequenced neonates had carrier status for one or more rare genetic variants known to be associated with recessive diseases.

More than 10% of healthy people have monogenic risk variants

RareDR |
December 2018
Press

Robert Green, MD, MPH, the projects’ principal investigator suggests “These results are unexpected and exciting, suggesting that if we examine enough well-established, disease-associated genes, we will unearth monogenic risk variants in more than 10 percent of purportedly healthy individuals.”

Who do you think you are?

O Magazine |
December 2018
Press

At-home genetic testing can  help you understand your biology. But before delving into your DNA, consider the caveats.

Now you can sequence your whole genome for just $200

Wired |
November 2018
Press

With genomic testing running at a low cost, why aren’t more people running toward the shelves to grab direct-to-consumer testing? Read this Wired post featuring Dr. Robert Green to learn more!

Expert predictions for 2019

Clinical Omics |
November 2018
Press

As 2019 looms before us, it is fair to say that significant—and perhaps surprising—advances will be made in the precision medicine and omics arenas.

The future of dieting is here—and it has nothing to do with calorie counting

Vogue |
October 2018
Press

Having genetic information to determine metabolic predispositions can be a powerful tool tool for staying on a nutrition program, says Robert C. Green. “In some cases, people really are motivated by hearing about something from their own DNA. We all know we have to eat better.”

Reset your DNA to slow the clock

Medium |
October 2018
Press

Dr. Robert Green addresses a new epigenetic test that tracks molecular aging claims to show you how to stay biologically young.