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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.
Dr. Robert Green and Kreg Klugman explore the pros and cons of knowing one’s risk for developing Alzheimer’s.
Babies are tested for a number of conditions soon after birth, but varied approaches to screening worldwide highlight how fragmented the medical profession remains over this vital process.
MIT scientists used a novel tool to try to edit out a genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease, they report in the journal Science. Dr. Robert Green gives his opinion on the new technology.
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.”
Its screen for selected variants of some disease-linked genes gives customers an incomplete picture of their risk—do they know?
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
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
Robert Green, MD, MPH, of the Division of Genetics, was included in BIS Research and Insight Monk’s Top 25 Voices in Precision Medicine for his work on medical genetics and genomics.
Continuous new discoveries about the genome make updates important.
G2P’s summer began with our team members participating in the Boston Athletic Association 10K on Sunday June 23rd! Over the past few months, G2P faculty have attended numerous conferences nationwide, been featured in podcasts discussing the new preventive genomics clinic, and engaged with leaders in science, business, and industry in support of the Franca Fund.
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.
The collaboration between Sanford Health and Harvard Medical will help guide best practices for offering genetic testing to patients and improving health outcomes
What would happen if everyone got their genome sequenced? This question is no longer the stuff of science fiction. Instead, it is a research question that Senior Genetic Counselor Carrie Blout and her colleagues at the Genomes2People initiative at Brigham and Women’s hospital are trying to answer. We discuss the medical, psychological, and economic impact … Continued
When a newborn’s genome is sequenced, should some results be withheld?
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.”
Dr. Robert Green, Dr. Jason Vassy, and numerous researchers share their thoughts on the Spain-based Patia that is currently offering an assessment that includes a 16-SNP polygenic risk score.
Tala Berro, MS, LCGC writes about her experiences as a minority genetic counselor during her training and clinical rotations. Berro shares, “To my fellow genetic counselors, I propose the following version of the golden rule: treat your peers as you treat your patients”.
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.
Spring saw accomplishments by team members through numerous projects. G2P officially kicked-off the PeopleSeq consortium in Boston this January! Our very own, Carrie Blout, MS, CGC, was one of 86 Partner’s individuals awarded the Partners In Excellence Award.
Parents and clinicians have their own ideas about newborn genome sequencing. Dr. Robert Green, principal investigator of the BabySeq Project, shares a detailed analysis of the results from the study and his thoughts on the utility of genomic sequencing for newborns in clinical care.
Highlighting the changes that are happening within direct to consumer testing, experts predict that consumer genomics will become “the new normal,” with the companies in this space and healthcare providers working together to find the best path forward.
Carrie Blout, MS, CGC, Director of Research Development and Senior genetic Counselor at Genomes2People was selected as a 2019 Individual recipient of the Partners In Excellence Awards- awarded to individuals at Partners HealthCare for going above and beyond in their work efforts.
The PeopleSeq Consortium officially kicked off their NIH- funded project in Boston, bringing together a cohort of leading academic and industry collaborators.
Researchers analyzed nearly 5,000 genes looking for the risk of diseases and found that almost 10 percent of babies tested were at risk for a condition that could be treated early.
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
“The larger goal of the fund is to change the way people think about medicine,”Francesco Carrozzini, son of Franca Sozzani, states. “To make medicine more proactive and accessible. By doing so, we can help prevent millions of deaths and diseases.”
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.
Getting out in front of disease is the ultimate goal of DNA screening like the BabySeq project, says Dr. Robert Green, its joint director and a Harvard Medical School professor.
A trial called BabySeq, in which researchers performed genomic sequencing on 159 newborns, identified children susceptible to diseases that regular screening doesn’t look for.
Newborn DNA testing offers several potential benefits. Mainly, it could expand the number of conditions clinicians can test for before a child starts showing symptoms, giving them and patients a head start in handling the diseases.
Scientists were stunned by the number of babies with unanticipated genetic findings that could lead to disease prevention in the future.
Press Brief: The BabySeq project reports that out of the 159 newborns that were randomized to receive genomic sequencing, 15 were found to have a genetic variant for which there was a strong evidence of increased risk of a disorder that presents or is clinically manageable during childhood.
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.”
Harry Glorikian guest this week, Dr. Robert Green, is a professor of medicine and genetics at Harvard Medical School and director of the Genomes To People research program at Brigham & Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. They dig into the individual genome, how genomic data is being used, and the impact … Continued
This Fall, G2P has had exciting updates with a new PeopleSeq grant. Our team has traveled from San Diego, Atlanta, and Fort Detrick to Basel, Zurich, and Barcelona, to several conferences, presenting new data from our translational genomics research projects.
At-home genetic testing can help you understand your biology. But before delving into your DNA, consider the caveats.
From San Diego, Atlanta and Fort Detrick to Basel, Zurich and Barcelona, our team traveled to several conferences this fall, presenting new data from our translational genomics research projects.
While a good deal of research has focused on finding information within the human genome that can diagnose rare conditions, far less work has been done to understand the longer-term consequences of identifying genetic risks in apparently healthy people. Read more the PeopleSeq Consoritum from the principal investigator, Dr. Robert Green!