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Scicurious Guest Writer! Beyond the code: addressing complexity in cancer genetics

Please welcome this month's Scicurious Guest Writer, Karissa Milbury! “This is why our drugs fail. Look at it. How do you treat that?” The professor, speaking to our graduate genetics technology class, was referring to a figure similar to this:(Figure 1: A graph showing the array of mutations found in a single breast cancer, from a paper by Natrajan and colleagues[1].)If that seems complicated to you, don’t worry – this is a genetic map of a single breast cancer, with every black line around the edge representing one mutation...

May 29, 2013 — Scicurious
Mind

Fighting Depression with Special K

...and no. I don't mean the cereal.My eye was caught last week by a piece in Scientific American proper asking "is ketamine the next big depression drug?" It's a good piece, and I appreciate the balance in the article, but I was also kind of surprised that...it took so long.There have been previous media rumblings (and blog) about ketamine through the years, so I'm rather curious as to why the article came out now (maybe there's another new paper out?...

May 27, 2013 — Scicurious
Mind

Becoming an individual twin isn't about genetics or environment, but how you experience them

Have you ever known a pair of identical twins? Not just the ones that look alike, but identical twins that really were part of, at some point, the same egg and sperm combination, that then split early in development to create two "identical" people, with the same genetics.If genetics really were the be all and end all of our behavior, you might expect these identical twins to look the same, act the same, speak the same, move the same...

May 20, 2013 — Scicurious
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