GENE Newsletter 15 – Gene sequencing for diagnosis, the work as an oncologist and the unrealistic dream of the brain-computer interface

In this edition of the Gene newsletter we want to introduce you to three articles from MIT Technology Review and NAUTILUS.

The first article (MIT Technology Review) which we want to recommed this week, tells the tale of Beckett Edward. With two and a half years, Beckett was suffering under a mysterious muscle disease and his parents were hoping for a diagnosis thanks to genetic tests. After some standard genetic teste, the exome sequencing of the entire family Edwards (here, merely the protein-coding parts are are, they make up approx. 2 % of the genome) and finally the sequencing of Beckett’s entire genome, the diagnosis of Beckett’s illness is still unknown. The article shows the limits of gene sequencing for the diagnosis of rare illnesses and shows that our knowledge of genomes still is quite limited in some areas.

When Even Genome Sequencing Doesn’t Give a Diagnosis / MIT Technology Review / Author: Emily Mullin


Then, the oncologist David Korones describes the issue of the lack of specialists for cancer and why this will increase within the next years in the US in the magazine NAUTILUS. Due to the personal and thoughtful  descriptions, we enjoyed reading this article so much that we wanted to present it to you.

How to Solve Oncology’s Labor Crisis / NAUTILUS / Author: David Korones


And finally a highly qualified antihesis to Elon Musk’s plan to develop a functional computer-brain interface with the start-up Neuralink within the next 10 years. Just because we can build electronic cars and rockets and Johnny Depp’s wife now has a girlfriend and many assets, you cannot simply push aside the problems and difficulties of scientific research.

With Neuralink, Elon Musk Promises Human-to-Human Telepathy. Don’t Believe It. / MIT Technology Review / Author: Antonio Regalado


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Until next week,

Sarah and Alexander

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