Category Archives: Research

How Do Amino Acids Affect Our Health? The Facts You Need to Know

How Do Amino Acids Affect Our Health? The Facts You Need to Know

“Wonder food” fads often extol the virtues of amino acids, but do they really matter in terms of human health? In this article we take a look at the differences between essential and nonessential amino acids and why they are so important to our health.   What are amino acids? Amino acids are essentially protein… Continue Reading

Genomics and the Search for a Cure for Cancer

Genomics and the Search for a Cure for Cancer

Scientists have understood for some time that there is a link between certain genetic permutations and an individual’s susceptibility to cancer. Logically, it therefore follows that one of the keys to curing cancer may lie in tackling the disease at a genetic level. In this article we explore the world of cancer genomics, its success… Continue Reading

What Is the Exome and Why Is It Important to My Health?

What Is the Exome and Why Is It Important to My Health?

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project at the start of the 21st century, scientists are understanding more and more about the link between genes and disease. In this article we explore the exome, its function in the human body, and how the relatively new procedure of exome sequencing could pave the way for… Continue Reading

How Are Drugs Developed in the United States?

How Are Drugs Developed in the United States?

The United States possesses the safest and most advanced drug development system in the world. In the following, we explore the standards that pharmaceutical companies have to meet in order to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the release of new drugs, ranging from over-the-counter aspirin to the seasonal flu… Continue Reading

How Do Experts Use DNA Sequencing in Cancer Therapy? What You Need to Know

How Do Experts Use DNA Sequencing in Cancer Therapy? What You Need to Know

The field of cancer genomics continues to expand as scientists learn more and more about the intrinsic link between genetics and disease. In this article, we investigate DNA sequencing, from its beginnings to its potential in treating and preventing cancer.   What is DNA sequencing? Our entire DNA is coded in an alphabet that consists… Continue Reading

The 10 Most Important Breakthroughs in Genetics

The 10 Most Important Breakthroughs in Genetics

Since the Human Genome Project, the field of genetics has expanded rapidly, promoting greater scientific understanding of the link between genes and disease. Let’s take a look at some of the most important discoveries in the field of genetics throughout history.   Charles Darwin publishes On the Origin of the Species (1859) Darwin established the… Continue Reading

The Rise of Personalized Medicine in the United States: Everything You Need to Know

The Rise of Personalized Medicine in the United States: Everything You Need to Know

A surge of research into personalized medicine marks a tangible shift away from the “one size fits all” approach to treatment. Here we look at what personalized medicine is, some of the key technologies involved, and the potential of personalized medicine in the treatment of serious diseases like cancer.   What is personalized medicine? Also… Continue Reading

Spotlight on the Bio4Comp Project

Spotlight on the Bio4Comp Project

Since the completion of the Human Genome Project at the dawn of the 21st century, significant advancements have been made in biocomputational technology. The role of personalized medicine is expected to increase as scientists gain a greater understanding of our DNA and the link between genetics and disease.The Bio4Comp research project is an EU initiative… Continue Reading

What Is the Microbiome and What Can It Tell Me about My Health?

What Is the Microbiome and What Can It Tell Me about My Health?

In this article, we take a look at what the microbiome is and its importance to human health.   What are the human microbiota and microbiome? The human microbiota is the collection of all the microorganisms (microbes) living on and inside the human body; the microbiome refers to the sum total of genetic data contained… Continue Reading

What You Need to Know about the Development of the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

What You Need to Know about the Development of the Seasonal Flu Vaccine

From genome sequencing to tissue engineering, the medical world is constantly evolving. In recent years, significant advancements have been made to combat influenza. Every year, scientists develop a new flu vaccine to combat that season’s strains of the virus. In the following, we examine the process involved in developing flu vaccines. What Is the Process… Continue Reading

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