• Jeanette McCarthy, MPH, PhD

    Jeanette McCarthy is the editor-in-chief of Genome, an adjunct associate professor of community and family medicine at Duke University, and a visiting associate professor of medicine at the University of California San Francisco, Division of Medical Genetics.

  • Redefining What It Means to Be Human

    September 29, 2016

    The British television series Humans takes place in a fictional present where synthetic human beings, “synths,” coexist alongside natural-born humans. In the show, the synths…

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  • Blue Skies Ahead

    June 23, 2016

    Like many people, I enjoy spending time outdoors in the summer. When it comes to wearing sunscreen though, I admit I’m not as diligent as…

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  • Family Matters

    April 5, 2016

    One of my resolutions for 2016 is to practice what I preach. I preach a lot about patient empowerment and taking control of one’s health,…

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  • The Highly Engaged Patient

    January 4, 2016

    Most of my career as a genome scientist was focused on finding genetic variants related to diseases in population cohorts, that is, defined groups of…

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  • Are Quarterly Blood Tests Needed?

    September 30, 2015

    Mark Cuban, the businessman, Shark Tank cohost, and Dallas Mavericks team owner, had some in the medical establishment crying foul in April. He advocated that…

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  • Are We There Yet?

    June 29, 2015

    Last March, there was a lot of buzz around the debut of Ken Burns’ documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, based on the Pulitzer…

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  • The Big Reveal

    March 30, 2015

    BASED ON FAMILY history, many of us intuitively know what information our genome contains. For some, the thought of having their genome sequenced to confirm…

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  • Give and Take

    November 24, 2014

    Sharing is one of those virtuous behaviors that we are taught from a young age. Share your toys; bring enough treats for everyone; give to…

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  • In My Genes

    August 24, 2014

    I am finally getting my genome sequenced! Well, not my whole genome, just my exome, the part made up of genes. Although it represents only…

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  • Welcome to the Future of Medicine

    April 3, 2014

    In 2001, while working at startup biotechnology company Millennium Pharmaceuticals, my colleague Geoffrey Ginsburg and I wrote an opinion piece in Nature Biotechnology about the…

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