Big data vs real world technology

  It is now well understood that “Genomics” is inextricably linked with “Big Data”.  Designing high performance computing clusters, storage solutions for petabytes of data, bioinformatic training and research, are now considered a vital part of delivering genomic medicine.  Exciting…

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1958 - a suprisingly vintage year for genetics

    Having reached the time of life where one rarely wishes to be older than you already are, I find myself surprisingly regretful that I wasn’t born in 1958. Babies born in the England, Scotland and Wales during a…

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A year of increasing access to gene testing for women with ovarian cancer

Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD). A year ago today, I wrote about the role of gene mutations in ovarian cancer, the importance that women with ovarian cancer are able to access gene tests and what we have been…

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It's time for gene testing to be available to all women with ovarian cancer

Today is World Ovarian Cancer Day (WOCD). WOCD began in 2013 to unite ovarian cancer organisations from around the world to educate their communities about ovarian cancer. One of the facts about ovarian cancer that is very under-appreciated is the…

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How can gene testing help to treat and prevent cancer?

Gene testing is getting faster and cheaper. Tests can be carried out at a fraction of the cost, in a fraction of the time, compared to just a few years ago. These improvements mean far more people with cancer will…

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The potential of cancer genomics - WIRED 2013

I had the privilege of speaking at the WIRED 2013 conference in London. This is an annual two-day event celebrating the ‘ideas, innovations and people reshaping our world’. A range of diverse people each speak for 15 minutes. I found…

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The many flavours of genetic mutation

I am often asked about mutations; the term used to describe a change in the genetic code. Mutations can result in human diseases and, unsurprisingly, some patients want to know more about the cause of their genetic condition. Perhaps more…

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Blogging for the Blogoblivious

Until recently, I knew nothing of the millions of blogs being read everyday, and blogging held little attraction for me either as a consumer, commenter or provider. So what has changed? A few of my realisations are listed below. None…

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