Sunday, April 8, 2018
DNA microarrays similar to this are used in DNA test kits by companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com
DNA genotyping is currently one of the major types of DNA tests available from the direct-to-consumer DNA test kits like Ancestry.com and 23andMe.  If you're interested in the three main types of DNA testing available, take a look at our overview of the different types of commonly available at-home...
Phenylketonuria is a rare genetic disease that results from the inability to metabolize phenylalanine.
Many of us have looked at a bottle of Diet Coke and seen the ominous warning: “Phenylketonurics: Contains Phenylalanine”.  What is this warning and who is it for?  For some people with a rare genetic disease called phenylketonuria, the phenylalanine contained within Diet Coke is toxic.  Let’s take a...
Explaining DNA to understand precision medicine, DNA testing, clinical genetic tests and cancer diagnostics
DNA testing is revolutionizing personalized medicine and the way we appreciate our ancestry and genealogy.   A very common question is "What is DNA and how does my DNA function?".  To understand how genetic testing works, let's take a look at the structure of DNA and how information is...
PhD scientist running genetic testing.
In the last 10 years, massive advances in molecular biology and genetics have unlocked the human genome.  Sequencing the first human genome cost the U.S. National Institutes of Health 2.7 billion dollars and decades of time - in 2018 it only takes a few days and 850 dollars to...
Scientist pipettes samples for DNA testing and clinical genetic tests.
Rapid advances in DNA testing means that almost anyone can send their DNA for genetic testing at companies like 23andMe and Ancestry.com.  Genetic testing can be incredibly useful to understand more about your body and health – but what should you know before you order a DNA test?  DNA...

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Drew Michael, Ph.D.
Dr. Drew Michael is a Clinical Molecular Geneticist and Clinical Biochemical Genetics fellow. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology and an M.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Michael has an extensive background in molecular and computational genomics and runs a research program designed to understand the gene regulatory programs which control human development and disease. His diagnostic research is focused on the molecular and biochemical diagnosis of rare human diseases. Outside of science and medicine, he really likes dogs and lives in Washington, D.C. with two german shepherds.