12th edition of my human genetics textbook


Glenn Nichols, surrounded by his hospice team. The author is in yellow.


Genetic Linkage

When Health News is Old: Regaining Weight

October 27, 2011

Tags: The New England Journal of Medicine, University of Melbourne, NPR, NBC, Associated Press, leptin, Jeffrey Friedman, weight loss, fat, Ricki Lewis, RPI, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, leptin, Optifast

“Keeping weight off a battle with body,” trumpeted the Associated Press’s version of The New England Journal of Medicine report that hormones hike hunger so lost weight rapidly returns. NPR, NBC, everyone, it seemed, covered the study, with nary a comment (more…)

Pig Parts

October 20, 2011

Tags: xenotransplants, pig parts, Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Ricki Lewis, The Lancet, David K. C. Cooper, pig endogenous retroviruses, Living Cell Technologies, islet transplants, type 1 diabetes, insulin, Pigman

According to a new review in The Lancet, when it comes to transplants from pigs, smaller is better. (“Clinical transplantation: the next medical revolution?” from David K. C. Cooper and colleagues at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.)

People have harbored pig parts for years, in the form of bladder linings, ligaments, and of course heart valves. (more…)

Personal Genome Sequencing: Too Much Information?

October 18, 2011

Tags: whole exome sequencing, human genome, DNA, Michael Hayden, James Watson, Han G. Brunner, International Congress of Human Genetics, Complete Genomics, Radoje Drmanac, Segolene Ayme, Joris Veltman, Luanne Hudgins, OrphanNet, rare diseases, Huntington's disease, BRCA1, Lynch syndrome, incidentaloma, Leslie Biesecker, National Human Genome Research Institute, Personal Genome Sequencing: Too Much Information?, ICHG2011

October 11-15, 6,200 researchers and clinicians met in Montreal for the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics. After my brain recovered from the long days of meetings, one panel discussion emerged as my favorite: what I thought was going to be a dull comparison of DNA sequencing technologies turned out to be a spirited look at (more…)

Jim Watson at International Congress of Human Genetics

October 11, 2011

Tags: James Watson, International Congress of Human Genetics, whole genome sequencing, ApoE4, American Society of Human Genetics, Kevin Davies, schizophrenia, $1, 000 Genome, Craig Venter, Alzheimer's disease, Myriad Genetics, BRCA1

Montreal, Oct. 11, 2011 -- James Watson joined a panel of “genome pioneers” at the opening session of the 12th International Congress of Human Genetics today. He was invited, besides his fame, because he was the second person to have his genome sequenced (Craig Venter was first), but his comments revealed that perhaps his most telling qualification is that he has a son who has schizophrenia. Known for his controversial views, Dr. Watson did not disappoint. (more…)

International Congress of Human Genetics

October 1, 2011

Tags: International Congress of Human Genetics

I will be posting from the International Congress of Human Genetics, in Montreal, starting October 11. As usual I'm part of the undergrad workshop and career night, but mostly I'll be running around learning things. I'll have my eye out for controversies and reports that the media miss ... please e-mail me (rickilewis54@gmail.com) with particular interests. You never know when you can find a clue to a rare disease in a poster or comment.

Project to engage students in helping families with rare genetic diseases
Book Club Reader's Guide
Many challenging questions to stimulate thought and discussion.
Instructor's Guide
38 discussion questions to get students thinking and talking about gene therapy, including the science, ethical issues, and the drug approval process.
Narrative science
The Forever Fix is the uplifting true story of 8-year-old Corey Haas, who was cured of hereditary blindness just 4 days after gene therapy.
College Textbooks
A spectacularly-illustrated, clearly written human anatomy and physiology textbook, used in pre-health profession programs throughout the U.S.
A highly engaging, clearly written, beautifully illustrated introduction to the science of human genetics for the non-scientist. Now in its 11th edition, 12th to be published in September 2018.
An ideal starting point for anyone who wants to know more about genes, DNA, genomes, and the genetic ties that bind us all.

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