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Genetic tests and personalised medicine, some science communication issues

Grant Jacobs Nov 24, 2009

Following on my initial post on Genetic tests and personalised medicine, I'd like to offer some loose thoughts on science communication issues associated with genetic tests. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="394" caption="Ibn Sina (Avicenna) whose Canon of Medicine (1025) is one of the earliest examples of communication of disease risk. Image source: wikipedia (Statue in … Read More

Automatic video captions for YouTube

Grant Jacobs Nov 21, 2009

Great news for deaf and hard-of-hearing people, or those wanting to follow videos in other languages: you can now ask YouTubeâ„¢ to caption their videos automatically using a voice translation service. There’s an introductory article with instructions on the google blog and a demo: (Demo of automatic captioning.) Currently this service … Read More

Genetic tests and personalised medicine

Grant Jacobs Nov 20, 2009

How will genomes and direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests affect medicine? [caption id="attachment_619" align="aligncenter" width="576" caption="The Doctor, Luke Fildes (source: wikipedia)"][/caption] Recently I wrote about an up-coming roundtable meeting to be held in Wellington looking at aspects of genomics, medicine and law. Over the next few days I will direct a few posts at the subject … Read More

Study of where academic careers lead

Grant Jacobs Nov 17, 2009

Just a quick follow-on of sorts from my earlier post Universities and (lack of) showcasing use of science degrees I’d like to point out an ‘Issues & Perspectives’ article from the Science Careers section of Science By Beryl Lieff Benderly: “Taken for Granted: Shocked, Shocked! to Find Disappointment on Campus”. It’s an interesting (re)examination of the academic … Read More

Meeting–Genomics, medicine and law

Grant Jacobs Nov 16, 2009

Genomics technologies including genetic screening, disease diagnosis and so-called "genomic" or "personalised" medicine, raise legal and moral rights concerns with the public. In a later post I hope to briefly examine some of the key issues from the point of view of the science, but here I would like to draw attention to … Read More