Researchers use DNA sequencing to identify the molecular basis of a patient's unique but beneficial response to an experimental cancer drug.
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I’m the biomedicine editor for MIT Technology Review. I look for stories where technology stands to improve human health or advance our understanding of the human condition.
I joined MIT Technology Review in March 2012 after a brief stint in the Washington, D.C., news bureau of the scientific journal Nature. Before I ventured to the East Coast, I spent several years in the San Francisco Bay Area as a doctoral student in molecular biology and one whirlwind year in science-writing boot camp in Santa Cruz.
In California, I wrote for the Stanford University press offices, the Multiple Sclerosis Discovery Forum, and the Salinas Californian newspaper. I grew up in a small town in eastern Texas, surrounded by bird song, rolling cattle fields, and lanky pine trees. When I’m not exploring health tech, you will probably find me cooking or giggling over an exceptional LOLcat.
Susan Young's Stories
Surgeons have transplanted a second dose of neural cells into a patient's spinal cord in a pioneering trial.
The seasonal and unpredictable nature of the infection makes it difficult to test any potential treatment or vaccine.
Researchers at Harvard encode information in DNA at a density on par with any other experimental storage method.
The technique could help patients with currently untreatable diseases such as Huntington's.
Nationwide team will work to find biomarkers that could improve diagnosis and treatment.
A new device could help epilepsy patients control unpredictable seizures when medications don't work.
A compound that attacks amyloid plaques fails to help patients, raising questions about similar therapeutics.
The FDA is unlikely to rule out personal genetics tests, but it may require that physicians get more involved.
They could be the cause of cancer relapse—but may also offer new approaches to treatment.