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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.

Phoenix police ask for help identifying woman whose remains were found in June

PHOENIX - Police are asking for help identifying a woman whose remains were found about a month ago. Officers say an unknown woman's body was …

Published: July 30, 2016 - 10:52 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

Who is Funding Hillary Clinton? Here's The List

If you want to know what kind of president someone will be, pull back the curtain and look at who’s funding them. As we do that with Hillary C…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 9:54 pm @ http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/us/who-is-fundi…

Phoenix police: Man injured in shooting; may be connected to other case

PHOENIX - Police say two incidents involving firearms may be connected. Officers responded to a neighborhood near 35th Avenue and Broadway aro…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 9:00 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/cen…

The Next President Will Likely Appoint 4 Supreme Court Justices

Which President Do You Want Picking Them? This election is all about the Supreme Court that will shape our lives for the next 30 years.AlterNe…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 8:54 pm @ http://portside.org/2016-07-30/next-president-will…

This one book will help you better understand solar energy

On the jacket of the book by Philip Warburg, “Harness The Sun: America’s Quest For A Solar-Powered Future,” Rep. Henry Waxman’s description na…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 8:52 pm @ http://www.sgvtribune.com/environment-and-nature/2…

Now Available On iBooks: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II”

Yes, fans of all things Hogwarts will be mightily excited to hear that today officially marks the release of the eighth book in the award-winn…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 8:52 pm @ http://razorianfly.com/2016/07/31/now-available-on…

Houston Chronicle Editorial Board Issues Early Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

For only the second time in several decades and atypically early in an election year, the major regional newspaper Houston Chronicle issued an…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 7:53 pm @ http://www.snopes.com/2016/07/30/houston-chronicle…

Dalvin Hollins update: Slain Tempe robbery suspect's mom wants probe

TEMPE, AZ - The mother of a robbery suspect wants an outside investigation into the confrontation with Tempe police that led to his shooting d…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 7:50 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

AZ Trump fundraising spikes, still behind Clinton

By Sophia Kunthara | Cronkite News WASHINGTON – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump raised three times as much money from Arizona con…

Published: July 30, 2016 - 6:59 pm @ http://cronkitenews.azpbs.org/2016/07/27/trump-fun…

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