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Hello and we hope you had an awesome World Introvert Day! With pandemic lockdowns all over the world, we all get to be a little introverted, so might as well try to celebrate it when we can.
Besides that, the first week of the year is also appropriately dedicated to Celebration of Life Week; the second week to National Folic Acid Awareness Week (ok, maybe we're stretching it a bit here but folic acid is a celebratory theme if we link it to healthy pregnancies); and the third week is Hunt for Happiness Week - we all can use bit of that -and finally we can close it all off with National Fresh Squeezed Juice Week!
Genetics in history
As the world is currently undergoing mass vaccinations against COVID-19 to help us beat the pandemic, it is a good reminder that it was in January 1947 that the polio virus was first isolated at Stanford University, which led to the vaccine’s production. On a good note, it appears that the polio virus will likely become the second virus to be eradicated after the small pox. SARS-CoV-2, you are next in line for this hall of fame!
Can we tell you about Dr. Mary-Claire King and her contributions to DNA, science and a little thing called “humanity in general”? She was the first to show that breast cancer can be inherited due to mutations in the gene she called BRCA1. At the time, this finding was ground-breaking as it introduced a novel concept in cancer medicine. She was also the first to show that humans and chimpanzees are 99% genetically identical. Along with her immense contributions to medicine and science, Dr. King has also received awards for her humanitarian worldwide efforts in which she aimed to reunite children kidnapped during the “Dirty-War” in Argentina. Her inspiring legacy should always remain and encourage more young women to pursue their aspirations.
Photo from https://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1003828. Click on above image to access interview with Dr. King.
Short educational video
Our first video is an informed commentary from Dr. Raszek about the current state of the new mRNA vaccination that is taking place. Here’s what we know so far based on the published science and based on current observations. And what can we expect from these vaccines in relation to the new emerging strains of SARS-CoV-2 virus.
This second video is a 17 minute excerpt from one of the recent Merogenomics presentations on DNA testing for individuals with undiagnosed conditions. This type of DNA testing is one of the most powerful uses of this technology with a high yield of returned results. Along the way you learn more about benefits of decoding your personal genome.
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Any burning questions you might have with regards to DNA use or the genetics related to COVID-19 (of the virus causing the disease or the affected host), please let us know.
This first article is a detailed dive into available science behind the mRNA vaccines, what the science was able to answer so far and what we still do not know, as we break apart the main public fears attached to these vaccines. Some information will definitely surprise you!
The second piece is in turn dedicated to what kind of science was used to suddenly pronounce the emergence of new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the UK, and should we be more worried about it or is it a nothing-burger. We can hint now that it is definitely not a nothing-burger but we hope not to have ketchup all over our hands.
Merogenomics has started offering online educational seminars for 4 different DNA testing target groups: DNA testing for healthy screening, DNA testing for undiagnosed conditions, DNA testing in cancer and DNA testing during pregnancy. Each target group has one Thursday a month dedicated to it. Merogenomics wants to offer rapid access to a solid background education for those who want to investigate DNA testing so if you are curious about any form of DNA testing then we strongly encourage you to take advantage of these live virtual seminars as they not only facilitate a thorough understanding of DNA testing before you purchase but also provide live feedback with Dr. Mikolaj Raszek who can answer your questions.
Please click on the new DNA target groups image below to proceed to an Eventbrite landing page. Merogenomics’ new marketing director has been hard at work!
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Happy genomes and stay tuned for future exciting research and innovations!