Genetics and Your Health blog
A typical day in genomics news
One morning with news that didn't quite reach "blog-worthy" status did, in fact, show something important. What constituted big news in clinical genomics only a year or two ago hardly raises an eyebrow now.
Optogenetics: Not a flash in the pan for neuroscience
Researchers are able to use light flashes to affect lab animal behaviors in astonishing ways. They use a research technique called optogenetics, and it's more than a flashy parlor trick—it provides an unprecedented platform for exploring neuron function.
Genomic research is having an enormous impact on medicine and society at large. Our writers comment on the breakthroughs and challenges associated with disease research and the promise of personalized medicine in the post-genomic era.
Mark Wanner went to graduate school in microbiology, but his professional career has been in communications. He has more than 20 years of experience in book publishing and scientific writing. His work at The Jackson Laboratory focuses on making information about genetics and genomics accessible to a wide audience.