A startup called Genome Liberty is developing a consumer genetics test to gauge an individual’s ability to metabolize prescription drugs.
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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
Princeton researchers, using a 3-D printer, have built a bionic ear with integrated electronics.
Human tests of an electrode implanted deep into the brain could one day lead to smart, self-regulating implants.
Monitoring acetone in breath could tell dieters whether their efforts are paying off.
A unique class of RNA drugs could bring new treatments to cancer and other diseases.
Researchers manipulate mouse neurons to create a false memory; the work could lead to a better understanding of how memories form.
Brain scans, blood samples, and other diagnostic tests could one day direct doctors to the best treatments for depression patients and uncover the biological basis of the condition.
Technologies that can pull tumor cells from patients’ blood are giving researchers an unprecedented look at cancer.
Carrier screening can prevent disease in families, but some doubt that it can change population-level incidence of disease.
Monsanto and others look to RNA interference to fight widespread bee-killing mites.