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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.

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.

American Horror Story: The 10 Weirdest Sex Scenes Since Season 3 (NSFW)

Josh Chesler A A For the last five years, American Horror Story has been one of the sexiest (and spookiest) shows on television. Thanks to new…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 11:31 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/american-horro…

Scottsdale officers disciplined in connection to Mesa lieutenant time in city jail

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Punishment has been handed down to Scottsdale police officers after former Mesa Police Department Lieutenant Rick Van Galder,…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 11:01 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-northeast-valley/…

US election: Do newspapers' presidential endorsements still matter?

USA Today has broken with tradition for the first time in its 34-year history and issued a scathing editorial against Republican nominee Donal…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 11:02 pm @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37522310

OBAMA’S KENYAN BIRTH RECORDS DISCOVERED IN BRITISH NATIONAL ARCHIVES

WHERE LIES GO TO DIE – Evidence discovered shows British Protectorate of East Africa recorded Obama’s birth records before 1963 and sent retur…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 10:30 pm @ http://viralliberty.com/obamas-kenyan-birth-record…

Maricopa County: Materials mailed in two Tempe precincts list wrong polling place

TEMPE, AZ - Several thousand voters in Tempe might have trouble casting a ballot on Election Day after the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office s…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 9:30 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-southeast-valley/…

PD: Police car struck by possibly impaired driver

PHOENIX - Police are investigating after a police vehicle was involved in a crash near 16th Street and Union Hills Drive.  Police say the inci…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 9:30 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/nor…

Hillary Clinton Is Racking Up Endorsements, But Does It Matter?

If newspaper endorsements equaled victory, Clinton would be in line for a historic landslide. She has been endorsed by dozens of papers rangin…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 8:30 pm @ http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/clinton-endorsem…

EXCLUSIVE: Witness Describes The Fight For Sovereignty At ‘Standing Rock’

Mainstream media would have most of us believe that the current struggle at Standing Rock, North Dakota is all about clean water – that its on…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 8:01 pm @ http://blackyouthproject.com/exclusive-witness-des…

Arizona Republic Backs First Democrat in 126 Years With Mic Drop Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

The Arizona Republic newspaper has never, in its 126-year history, endorsed a Democrat for president—until Tuesday. The staunchly conservative…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 7:29 pm @ http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2016/09/27/…

Five Songs From Phoenix Artists You Should Hear

Mitchell Hillman A A Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new loc…

Published: September 30, 2016 - 7:31 pm @ http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/music/five-songs-fr…

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