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Synthetic Biology —  Life Redesigned

Synthetic biology is a relatively new field of science that includes both the design and formation of entirely new biological systems or components, and the redesign and production of natural biological systems. According to Allied Market Research, the worldwide synthetic biology market will reach $38.7 billion by 2020. The factors contributing to recent breakthroughs in synthetic biology include the falling cost of genomic sequencing, the improved ability to sequence larger genomes, the advancement of the analytical power of sequencers, the availability of gene sequencing from third-party providers, and the democratization of gene editing due to CRISPR-Cas9 technology. CRISPR-Cas9 has not only improved the ability of researchers and scientists to target, edit, and activate or deactivate genes, but also to rewire complex biological circuits and systems.

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Why the Doctor Is Crying in Bohemian Rhapsody

I spoke recently at Marian University School of Medicine, one of those “older doc speaks to younger doc” career path kinda talks. I explained how I really didn’t know shit about medicine when I started medical school in the ‘80s, and how it seemed that one minute I was doing shots at a football tailgate in college and the next I was plopped right down in the middle of the AIDS epidemic, perhaps the first time in my career when I really started to understand what it meant to be a doctor.

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Diet Guidance in America: Of, By, and For What People?

Before turning attention directly to the Dietary Guidelines, let’s conduct a thought experiment. Imagine that a major auto manufacturer, pick anyone you like, has its best engineers draw up detailed blueprints for the new lineup of cars. Imagine these blueprints begin with the prior lineup of cars, but then use the best, current engineering and technology to improve on them.

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Public Health and Citizens, Truly United

There are just two problems with the prevailing conception of “public health”- the public, and health. Neither means what we think it means.

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Truth about Saturated Fat

Folks, hold your horses; I know just what’s going on here.

7 months

What If Exercise Were More Like Healthy Eating?

If exercise were more like healthy eating - none of us would be doing it.

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Diet: Guidance Veers from Variety

The holidays are coming in hot (figuratively, and courtesy of climate change, literally as well), with Thanksgiving now under two weeks away. So, of course, all thoughts turn to…weight control.