From Netflix’s The Social Dilemma and scandals like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica partnership, there’s no shortage of media warnings against user data collection. The news is flooded with stories covering the way companies collect, store, and sell our data as we shop, play, and socialize online. Most of these narratives underscore the ways companies profit from […]
Privacy vs Public Health: How can we use patient data for societal good?
May 12, 2021
Modern Solutions for the Agriculture Industry Using CRISPR Gene Editing
May 11, 2021
About 10,000 years ago, […] Sapiens began to devote almost all their time and effort to manipulating the lives of a few animal and plant species. From sunrise to sunset humans sowed seeds, watered plants, plucked weeds from the ground and led sheep to prime pastures. This work, they thought, would provide them with more […]
November 24, 2020
Engaging in constant retail therapy or following the latest fashion trends might soon lead to a bacterial cellulose sweater in your dresser or a pair of mushroom-based Adidas sneakers in your closet. Big-name clothing brands around the world are starting to partner with biotechnology companies, paving the way for a bio-revolution in the textiles industry. […]
The Challenges of COVID-19 Human Challenge Trials
November 23, 2020
Would you be willing to voluntarily get infected with a virus for the chance to help advance a vaccine? COVID-19 has killed over a million people worldwide, spurring vaccine development at an unprecedented pace, but for many it still doesn’t feel fast enough. If you’re relatively young and healthy, this may be all the more […]
Custom nutrition: Are your genes the only diet plan you need?
August 20, 2020
According to CDC estimates, 139 million American adults (42%) are obese and 34 million Americans have diabetes. Every year, Americans spend upwards of $60 billion on gym memberships, diet plans, and other services dedicated to weight loss. But for many, sticking to a diet is a problem, and for some, knowing where to start can be challenging. Could a personalized diet plan based on genetic testing and real-time monitoring be a helpful tool?
How telehealth is transforming healthcare in the COVID-19 era
August 18, 2020
Telehealth has become a broad term used to describe the use of distance telecommunications to deliver medical care, encompassing preventative care, diagnosis, disease management, and patient education.
Intrapatient Multi-omics: Defining the New Standards in Medicine
August 6, 2020
The current model of medicine, which is based on the treatment of diseases via a “one-size-fits-all” approach, is outdated, inefficient, costly, and in some cases harmful. New technological and scientific discoveries have demonstrated that diseases are extremely heterogeneous and vary from one patient to another.
Sickle cell disease: A case study of systemic racial disparities in US healthcare
August 6, 2020
Institutional policies and implicit biases have resulted in neglect at the point of care, higher rates of insurance loss, and a divestment of resources from diseases primarily impacting Black people. These inequities are evident in the past and present state of care in the US for sickle cell disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder prevalent in those with sub-Saharan African or other malaria-endemic regional ancestry.
Drug pricing in the US: A Perspective
June 15, 2020
Despite advances in the drug development process, the price of drugs in the United States continues to rise.
Recent outbreaks: a focus on COVID-19 and Ebola
June 9, 2020
Until the 1900s, infectious diseases were responsible for the highest number of deaths worldwide.