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Articles related to genomics

Cover Story: Genomic Testing as a Lifetime Health Resource?
If lives could be saved by being “forewarned” by a genomic test, should we perform genomic testing of all babies at birth?
Feature: Will Genomics Motivate Healthy Behaviours?
Will communicating the genetic risks of disease necessarily motivate people to make healthier behaviour choices?
Feature: Indigenous Genomics
Mistrust is a significant but not insurmountable barrier to the acceptance of genomics by Indigenous people.
Feature: The Ethics of Online Genomics Tests
There is a significant difference between the expectation and reality of direct-to-consumer personal genome testing, creating a gap where interesting tensions and ethical dilemmas sit.
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Feature: Like, Comment, Share: Should You Share Your Genetic Data Online?
The culture of sharing our private details online is extending to health and ancestry data generated by genome testing. What are the benefits and what are the risks?
Feature: Personal Genomics: What Do Consumers Want?
Are Australian consumers excited or cynical about the promises of personal genome tests, and are they adequately prepared for the information they’ll receive?
Feature: The Changing Role of IP in Genomics
Recent court decisions have overturned previous rulings about genetic patents, but other intellectual property regimes are already taking their place.
Feature: Biobanks Go Global
Global networks of depositories for biological samples open a range of scientific, legal and ethical challenges.
Cover Story: Oz Mammal Genomics
A large project to sequence the genomes of Australia’s mammals will provide the first complete picture of their interrelationships and evolutionary history – and aid their conservation.
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Feature: Blood Test Stops Cancer Return
The ability to detect cancer DNA in a patient’s blood could enable doctors to predict the risk of cancer recurrence and track the success of treatments like chemotherapy in real time.
Feature: The World’s Most Interesting Genome
Sequencing of the genome of a pure-bred dingo pup rescued from the side of a remote desert track will enable scientists to examine one of Charles Darwin’s few remaining untested theories.
Browse: Graphene Sequences DNA
Browse: DNA Promoters of Cancer Identified Up Close: The data cure: The changing science of biology and its impact on your health care
Molecular biologist and science policy leader Professor Keith Yamamoto discusses the current revolution in biological sciences and the emerging field of precision medicine.
Up Close: Ribosomes: Unlocking the secrets to your cellular protein factories
Nobel laureate Prof Ada Yonath discusses her work on understanding ribosomes – the protein factories that are found in every cell of every living organism.
Up Close: Molecular gaze: How discoveries in the life sciences are changing our identities and politics
Prof. Nikolas Rose explores how scientific developments have changed conceptions of human identity and governance, and what this means for our political, socio-economic and legal futures.
Up Close: Slippery descent: Untangling the complexity of our evolutionary history
Renowned paleoanthropologist Bernard Wood explains how continuing research into fossil and other evidence of our evolutionary history produces insights but also reveals how much we have yet to learn. How good, for example, are we at telling our recent ancestors and close relatives from those of the apes? How can we know how many species preceded our own? And can we tell which of those species are our ancestors, and which are non-ancestral close relatives?
Up Close: Genetic find and replace with CRISPR: Technology that will revolutionize medicine and agriculture
Molecular biologist Prof Jacob Corn describes how gene editing is carried out with CRISPR-Cas9. He explains why this technology has the potential of revolutionizing the treatment of diseases such as sickle cell anemia and malaria. Besides human health, CRISPR-Cas9 can also contribute to improving agriculture and, consequently, food security. Jacob also discusses the possible ethical challenges posed by the widespread application of gene editing.
Up Front: The Age of Genomics
This edition of Australasian Science focuses on the ethical, legal and social issues associated with advances in genomic science.
Feature: Indigenous Genomics
Mistrust is a significant but not insurmountable barrier to the acceptance of genomics by Indigenous people.