‘MARRVEL’: a new way to compile big data in a human-centric way

‘MARRVEL’: a new way to compile big data in a human-centric way

When a group of researchers in the Undiagnosed Disease Network at Baylor College of Medicine realized they were spending days combing through databases searching for information regarding gene variants, they decided to do something about it. They created MARRVEL (Model organism Aggregated Resources for Rare Variant ExpLoration) to help not only their own lab but … Continue reading

Collaboration matters when looking for answers to undiagnosed diseases

Collaboration matters when looking for answers to undiagnosed diseases

It used to be that identifying genes involved in a particular disease was like finding a needle in a haystack. Nowadays, scientists still have to search through haystacks of genetic data, but advances in gene sequencing technologies and in computerized strategies to search genomic data sets with vast amounts of information have made the job … Continue reading

Making the case for global genomic data sharing

Making the case for global genomic data sharing

The scientific community may be overlooking a significant barrier to international collaboration reflected in a series of recent surveys: potential public resistance to sharing of genomic and other health data across national borders. In a paper published in PLOS Biology, Dr. Mary Majumder, associate professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College … Continue reading