DNA databases are too white. This man aims to fix that.

In the 15 years since the Human Genome Project first exposed our DNA blueprint, vast amounts of genetic data have been collected from millions of people in many different parts of the world. Carlos D. Bustamante’s job is to search that genetic data for clues to everything from ancient history and human migration patterns to the reasons people with different ancestries are so varied in their response to common diseases.

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Alzheimer’s one day may be predicted during eye exam

It may be possible in the future to screen patients for Alzheimer’s disease using an eye exam. Using technology similar to what is found in many eye doctors’ offices, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have detected evidence suggesting Alzheimer’s in older patients who had no symptoms of the disease.

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Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship - How to Leverage Your MD in Business

The newly revamped RFS Economics Advisory Group hosted its first journal club webinar on April 23, 2018. The topic of discussion was “Radiology Consulting and Entrepreneurship: How to Leverage Your MD in Business.” RFS members submitted questions to an expert panel comprised of Rasu Shrestha, MD, MBA, Ricky Caplin, MBA, Woojin Kim, MD, William Boonn, MD, and Jose Morey, MD. Collectively, their experience covers a broad array of topics, including informatics, healthcare start-ups, IT consulting, and AI.

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Dr. Jose Morey - Machine Learning in Radiology: Applications Beyond Image Interpretation

Much attention has been given to machine learning and its perceived impact in radiology, particularly in light of recent success with image classification in international competitions. However, machine learning is likely to impact radiology outside of image interpretation long before a fully functional “machine radiologist” is implemented in practice. Here, we describe an overview of machine learning, its application to radiology and other domains, and many cases of use that do not involve image interpretation. We hope that better understanding of these potential applications will help radiology practices prepare for the future and realize performance improvement and efficiency gains.

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Study on mice offers clues in quest to reverse effects of aging

It’s not the Fountain of Youth just yet, but a new study led by researchers from Harvard and MIT might offer important clues in the quest to reverse the effects of aging.As people age, their blood vessels lose the capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrients to muscles, resulting in loss of endurance, said David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and a senior author of the study.

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Shielding the Human Genome: Mitigating the Threat of Space Radiation

For decades, NASA and others have studied the radiation problem and searched for solutions. Left unchecked, sustained exposure to space radiation will make long-duration manned missions beyond Earth’s ionosphere dangerous and, in some worst-case scenarios, lead to disease and death. It was this challenge that led NASA in 2016 to describe exposure to space radiation as the most dangerous aspect of travel to Mars. 

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Scientists Can Reverse DNA Aging in Mice

Dr. David Sinclair, from Harvard Medical School, and his colleagues reveal their new findings in the latest issue of Science. They focused on an intriguing compound with anti-aging properties called NAD+, short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide. It's been known that younger mice had more of it than older mice and back in 2013, the researchers found that when they boosted the NAD+ levels in older mice, they looked, biologically, like much younger animals.

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Genetics: An Emerging Global Threat

At a recent private gathering in Virginia of leading biologists and geneticists, an unusual topic of conversation was the specific date of November 3, 1988. It was on that date that MIT graduate student, Robert Morris, launched the first malware attack on a system that was unknown to more than 99 percent of the world’s population. The system was the Internet, and Morris left an indelible dark mark on arguably the greatest innovation of our time.

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