Gene Doping and its Dangerous Edge

Every two years, the best athletes in the world gather to compete in the modern Olympic Games. Against a backdrop of sand or snow, these seemingly superhuman competitors push their bodies to perform feats that would be impossible for the average person. Yet in the past few decades, concerns have mounted over whether some participants have gone beyond what the …

Lifeomics: Future Healthcare Model via Emergent Interface, Machine Learning, and Virtual Reality

Recent developments in personalized genomics and ubiquitous computing have created new opportunities in the current healthcare system. Especially with an increasing number of elders and patients in constant needs, a new breed of wellness models is necessary. We believe that the full potential of biomedical and computational advances can be achieved through an integrative approach, combining diverse solutions from genome-wide association studies, continuous health monitoring, large-scale statistical analysis, embodied interface, and intuitive virtual reality. Lifeomics is a proof of concept to lay a concrete foundation for an immediate development of health monitoring hardware and graphic user interface. In this report, we present how different concepts are augmented together to create a cohesive platform.

…With a Grain of Salt

“Whoever first said, ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ likely wasn’t thinking of salt.”[i] However, in a current pilot program through the World Health Organization, salt is just that, a preventative measure against lymphatic filariasis (LF), a parasitic disease of tropical and subtropical areas commonly known as elephantiasis, which causes disfigurement to the lower extremities and …

What is Consciousness? “Medical Miracle” Provides More Questions than Answers

Avid fans of medical thrillers may remember the 2007 film Awake starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba. In the movie, Christensen’s character, Clay, suffers “anesthetic awareness” and finds himself awake and aware, but paralyzed, during heart surgery. As if the distress were not enough, Clay remains locked in his own body on the operating table as he slowly learns the …

TTH Online Podcast – Episode 002: Popular Perceptions of Genetics

Guests: Amanda Waddell and Ellen Dupont As our knowledge of the human genome and our ability to intervene with it increase, the fields of genetics and genomics are becoming ever more important. ASU students Amanda Waddell and Ellen Dupont join host David Edwards to discuss the ethics of genetic engineering and issues surrounding media coverage of genetic science. Listen to …