The rate of happenings in genomics is dizzying. Every week brings dozens of new scientific papers, several announcements from companies, the surfacing of many ethical, legal, social issues, and often tear-jerking stories from the frontline of clinical care. In an attempt to keep my finger somewhat on the pulse, I have been doing a weekly round-up email for my co-workers. The main purpose of this blog is to share that more broadly. My attempts at synthesis are by no means systematic, they simply represent what I consider to be the coolest developments in genomics.
I have been working within genomics for the past several years. I worked for Fabric Genomics (formerly Omicia), a company bridging the gap between sequencing data and actionable clinical reports. More recently I worked for Driver Inc, “The cure for cancer treatment”, who sequenced tumor DNA as one part of an effort to match cancer patients to clinical trials. My background includes research on the proteomics side of bioinformatics (publications here), undergraduate studies in physics and philosophy, and some dabbling in management consultancy.
I have become increasingly interested in the ethical, legal, and social dimensions on genomics — an interest that you can see reflected in the emphasis of the news round-ups published here.