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Things I Tell My Mom: The Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA): Understanding Glioblastoma

In 2003, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) and researchers around the world celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of the structure of DNA by Jim Watson and Francis Crick.  I was a graduate student in the Watson School of Biological Science at CSHL, named after James Watson who was the chancellor of the CSHL, and in 2003, I participated in (and planned!) some of the 50th anniversary events. Coinciding with this celebration was a meeting about DNA that brought world-renowned scientists and Nobel Prize winners from around the world to CSHL to celebrate how much had been accomplished in 50 years (including sequencing the human genome) and to look to the future for what could be done next. That meeting was the first time I had heard about the Cancer Genome Atlas Project. At this point, the TCGA (as the project was affectionately called) was just a pipe dream - a proposal by the National Cancer Institute and the National Human Genome Research Institute (two institutes in the National Institutes of Health - the NIH).  The idea was to use DNA sequencing and other techniques to understand different types of cancer at the genome level. The goal was to see what changes are happening in these cancer cells that might be exploited to detect or treat these cancers.  I remember that there was a heated debate about whether or not this idea would work. I was actually firmly against it, but now with the luxury of hindsight, the scientific advances of the TCGA seem to be clearly worth the time and cost.

There really is an app for most things in life

Last evening my wife and I attended the Bruce Munro Sonoran Light show exhibit at the Desert Botanical Garden and if you have not been, I highly suggest you try to make it there this week as the show ends Mother’s Day, May 8. We arrived when it was still light so we could walk around the garden and see all the plants in bloom. As we were walking, I overhead a woman asking her companion what the name of a certain plant was. They were unable to name the plant so I offered to help with an app on my phone called Garden Answers which works by taking a picture of the plant, analyzing it for a few seconds and then sending the name and information of the plant back to my phone. The gentleman with her was amazed and even said, “I thought I had seen it all! I cannot believe there is an app for naming a plant.” It got me thinking about all the incredible applications or apps that are created to help people in their everyday lives and how we can all benefit from these.

Dog scents and sensibilities

We play a lot of nose work games at our dog school, Edu-Care for Dogs, and the dogs love it. While almost everyone realizes that a dog’s ability to smell is far superior to ours, what many people may not be aware of is that using their nose to pinpoint the location of different objects requires a great deal of mental focus. After an hour of tracking games, the dog “students” are exhausted — both physically and mentally.

Mom, Interrupted

Mom Interrupted: In the end, this might be the smartest thing I’ll do this year

When I turned 50, I knew all the things I was supposed to do: drive slow in the fast lane on the Maricopa, start pestering my kids for grandchildren, and add a colonoscopy to my roster of regular tests, because when you’re 50 years old you catapult into The Era of Doctors Rooting Around Looking for Something Wrong, and a colonoscopy is, appropriately enough, the be-all-end-all of rooting around.

Justice Department will probe metro Phoenix sheriff Arpaio

The U.S. Attorney's Office for Arizona said in its brief filing in U.S. District Court in Phoenix that the case has been assigned to the Justi…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 10:55 pm @ http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/26/justice-depar…

Justice Dept to decide charges against Arizona lawman in racial profiling case

PHOENIX - The US Justice Department will decide whether criminal contempt charges will be brought against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio for violat…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 10:25 pm @ http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Justice-Dept-to…

Justice Dept. will now decide on bringing contempt charges against Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio

The U.S. Justice Department will decide whether criminal contempt charges will be brought against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio for violating cour…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 9:55 pm @ http://www.rawstory.com/2016/08/justice-dept-will-…

This Week In Political Money: The Super PACs Fighting to Keep John McCain in Office

We’ll be posting this roundup each week leading up to Election Day. Share your thoughts about these must-read stories and always feel free to …

Published: August 26, 2016 - 8:54 pm @ http://billmoyers.com/story/week-political-money-s…

Trump Campaign CEO Bannon Once Ran Biosphere II Project

Trump's Campaign CEO Ran a Secretive Sci-Fi Project in the Arizona Desert, Mother Jones "Long before Stephen Bannon was CEO of Donald Trump's …

Published: August 26, 2016 - 7:24 pm @ http://nasawatch.com/archives/2016/08/trump-campaign.html

Arizona Rattlers mount furious rally but fall short against Philadelphia Soul in ArenaBowl XXIX

GLENDALE - The Arizona Rattlers rallied from a 21-point first-half deficit but didn't do enough to earn what would have been a record sixth Ar…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 7:23 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/ari…

The No. 1 small city in America for families is in North Texas and is ...

The North Texas community of Wylie boasts access to two lakes, affordable homes and top-rated schools -- all cited as reasons why it's the top…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 7:04 pm @ http://www.dallasnews.com/business/headlines/20160…

Trump says cancelled Arizona event moving to larger venue

Ballot Box feed By Mark Hensch Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump's son shares photo after rescuing baby deer Kasich: I don't know what we're heari…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 6:54 pm @ http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-r…

Carefree Fire station evacuated after citizen turns in blasting caps, dynamite

CAREFREE, AZ - The Carefree Fire Department has been evacuated after a citizen turned in blasting caps and dynamite Friday evening. Tom Darlin…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 6:53 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/…

Why Is The City Allowing Luxury Condos On Public Land In Crown Heights?

Max Rivlin-Nadler A A Earlier this week, Slate Property Group backed out of a deal that would transform the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heig…

Published: August 26, 2016 - 5:34 pm @ http://www.villagevoice.com/news/why-is-the-city-a…

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