Every year, thousands of young people who seemed otherwise healthy die suddenly. The reason sometimes is long-rooted, secret gene mutations passed down through the generations. Doctors at the Scripps Translational Science Institute are using gene sequencing and “molecular autopsies” to uncover these hidden mutations and allow patients to take preventative action. David Wagner of KPBS reports.
Within days of the first swine flu case confirmation in California last month, scientists at the Centers for Disease Control mapped the virus’s genetic code and posted the sequence in a publicly available database for other researchers to examine. Continue reading