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Experts decode germs’ DNA to fight food poisoning

This photo taken Nov. 25, 2013 shows microbiologist Dr. Molly Freeman pulling Listeria bacteria from a tube to be tested for its DNA fingerprinting in a foodborne disease outbreak lab at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of deadly bacteria and viruses. The initial target: Listeria, a kind of bacteria that's the third-leading cause of death from food poisoning, and one that's especially dangerous to pregnant women. Already, the technology has helped to solve a small listeria outbreak that killed one person in California and sickened seven others in Maryland. AP

Chances are you have heard of mapping genes to diagnose rare diseases, predict your risk of cancer and tell your ancestry. But to uncover food poisonings?

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

You are not doomed to your genetic fate


Q: MY NAILS KEEP breaking. Help! A: The condition of your nails can tell a story. It also reveals your eating habits. It’s like bone health that depends on your diet. Nail health is the same.

Posted: November 26th, 2012 in Columns,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

You are not doomed to your genetic fate


Confusion rules the day if you read up on too many approaches to living the wellness lifestyle, especially if the topic is dieting. The result: information overload. There are no fast and easy answers. Regarding your wellness issues, here are answers to some of your questions.

Posted: November 19th, 2012 in Columns,Health and Wellness,Mind and Body | Read More »

Why we are a lot like our ‘lolo’ and ‘lola’


It’s not all about DNA, after all. A fascinating story on the front page of Inquirer held a lot of people enthralled last Sunday. Perhaps it has become one of the paper’s “most-read” stories to date.

Posted: May 20th, 2012 in Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »