Archive for May, 2010

RACE: Are we so Different? The exhibit is open in Rochester!!

Posted on May 26th, 2010 by Admin

This extraordinary and interactive exhibit is now open in Rochester  through September 4, 2010.(Schedule)  Rochester Public Library is hosting the exhibit in partnership with Mayo Clinic. Many community members and organizations have helped to make all the activities happen. Learn the history of how RACE came to become, learn about human variation, and finally about lived experiences. Please visit often and bring your families, friends and colleagues. This exhibit will change our region; be part of the change! Written by Bethany Krom

Mayo Clinic IMSD Proud! Success Stories: Flavian Brown

Posted on May 24th, 2010 by Admin

The Mayo Clinic Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (IMSD) is very proud to have Flavian Brown complete his one-year fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester through the clinic's Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP). Flavian has been highlighted on the Post Bulletin for benefiting from the  Howard Hughes Medical Institute  program and heading to Harvard University to work on his doctorate in the field of immunology.  This program has been beneficial to many students who have received their baccalaureate degree and are deciding to attend medical or graduate school, as well as Mayo clinic pre-doctorate students in their 1st and 2nd years. 

Congratulations to Flavian Brown as well as all students who have participated in the Mayo Clinic IMSD' programs including all students continuing their education and starting graduate or medical school!

We would like to thank our mentors and leaders who run and participate in these programs including.......Dr. Karen Hedin, Dr. Jim Maher, and Dr. Dennis Mays, as well as others.

Jess

“Get your genetic test at the drug store???”

Posted on May 12th, 2010 by Admin

A blog I posted a couple of months ago talked about us being able to get our genome sequenced. I then used a poll to see who out there would get their genome sequenced.  The results as of today  are 71%  yes, 13% no, and 16% maybe (out of 68 votes total). This is very interesting. The majority of you would actually get your genome sequenced (this includes me :))

Today, I would like to let you know that soon you will be able to walk into your nearby drug store (currently this will be  Walgreens) and pick up a DNA kit at a discounted price of around $20-30, and screen for health conditions (Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity), ancestry (maternal vs. paternal), carrier status (Fanconi anemia, Cystic Fibrosis, Polycystic kidney disease), and several drug responses (Tamoxifen response and Warfarin Metabolism). These are a couple of examples that are included in the tests, and believe me there is a long list. This kit is brought to you by the lovely people from Pathway Genomics. If the tone of my post sounds like an ad, then I must be doing something right.  There is  a lot of criticism out there of whether this is helpful or more harmful to patients taking the test. My fellow lab buddy thinks this is a terrible thing to put out on the market. She explained to me that there will be many people out there who will misinterpret the data and may put themselves through tremendous stress. Playing devil's advocate, I told her this can actually get people to see their doctor. Who knows...maybe it'll make me think twice about ordering that delicious fried chimichanga smothered in chili con queso and order the taco salad instead. Our genes are as important to our health as what we put into our bodies (eat and drink) and how well we take care of ourselves (excercise and weight).

I now ask,  "Is this the first baby step toward genome sequencing?" Hmmmm, What do you think?????

UPDATE: I WOULD LIKE TO NOTE THAT THESE TEST ARE NOT APPROVED BY THE FDA AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING INVESTIGATED.

Video from FOX9 news

Jess

One reason to keep trying to get that paper published!

Posted on May 5th, 2010 by Admin

As graduate students we have several goals and duties to fulfill. These include passing our classes, passing our written and oral exams, writing our thesis proposal, doing presentations, and finally writing papers. Soo, this last fulfilment, writing a paper/s, is a very nice accomplishment and is very exciting as a very hard-working student. Recently, I got my 1st first author paper as a graduate student, and believe me it took lots of work and even more headaches to finally get my work published. Anyhow, as I was surfing literature today for a cancer biology journal club presentation and I came upon a paper which really tickled me and made me reflect on my first published grad paper.  Now remember we are in the "new" age with computer capacities that would boggle your mind, with phones that you can watch videos on and surf the web, and with 3D TVs in our grasp.  Rebecca, my post-doc desk neighbor/friend, heard me snickering and had to see what I was wowing about. Please look for yourself!

To make a long story short, Rebecca and  I  decided that if a paper that gets into Nature Cell Biology (with an impact factor of 17.776, meaning this is a great journal) accepts hand written supplemental figures, typing labels on blots would have too long I suppose :), all of us our capable of aiming high and getting our 1st first author paper or any paper in any journal as long as the data speaks for itself.

So go out there and start publishing! Jess