Working in the Indiana State Department of Health Genomics department has given me a renewed interest in genetics and genomics. As the senior developer and team lead in the department I need to have a good understanding of the industry, even thought I’m not doing the splicing and sequencing myself! To clear things up for the layperson, “genetics” is the study of a genes individually and “genomics” is the study of genes all together (in a genome). What’s the imact? Simply put, my work allows simple genetic tests to save the lives of children born in Indiana every day. The genetic testing we do for newborn screening is very interesting, and I am enjoying keeping up on the latest development in the industry. Part of me is wondering where I would be today if I had not switched my college major from Biology to Informatics and Computer Science…
- Technology Innovation Advances Newborn Screen Translational Research Network– A big problem with storing genetic material the way we do is that it degrades over time if not stored properly. Is creation of a “virtual storage” network the answer?
- Multiple federal entities make announcements this week regarding genomic testing– More genetic testing leads to eventuality of “personalized” medicine–that is treatments specifically targeted to work with your genes. Interesting stuff!
- WI Public Health Lab Identifies First SCID Baby Using New TREC Assay– SCID is a really terrible disease, and it is on the national newborn screening list as a secondary condition to screen if possible. However, past testing has been prohibitively expensive. There are some new inexpensive tests, and Wisconsin is piloting a program to try one of them out. Great first!
- Research: genetic errors linked to autism – Some day maybe even conditions like autism can be identified for immediate treatment before any diagnosable symptoms are possible… It’s a hope!