Author Archives: B Eaton

7 Questions That Will Help You Understand Epigenomics

7 Questions That Will Help You Understand Epigenomics

Over the past two decades, our understanding of genetics and of the human genome has expanded exponentially. Today, epigenomics has emerged as one of the most important and fastest-moving fields of biomedical research. Read on for an overview of the epigenome, its role in human health, and the current focus of epigenomics research. What is… Continue Reading

Spotlight on 4 Biomedical Innovations for 2017

Spotlight on 4 Biomedical Innovations for 2017

Hosted annually by the Cleveland Clinic, the Medical Innovation Summit is the health care industry’s oldest and largest meeting focused on the latest medical breakthroughs and advancements. One of the highlights of the summit is the announcement of the top 10 medical innovations that experts from the Cleveland Clinic anticipate will impact health and patient… Continue Reading

A Look at 9 Biotech Products You Use Every Day

A Look at 9 Biotech Products You Use Every Day

Reports about biotechnology that we see in the media love to discuss the most sophisticated, cutting-edge advances taking place in the sector: everything from 3D vaccines to living, biohybrid robots. But although this might make you think that biotechnology is a futuristic science that has little to do with your life right now, nothing could… Continue Reading

Genetic Testing Can Gauge Your Risk of Developing 5 Common Diseases

Genetic Testing Can Gauge Your Risk of Developing 5 Common Diseases

With genetic testing becoming easier, less expensive, and more widely accepted, a growing number of people are undergoing screening in order to determine their risk for developing certain diseases, as well as to identify and diagnose the underlying causes of particular symptoms that they are already experiencing. Using DNA samples—typically from blood tests or inner… Continue Reading

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

A Look at 3 Amazing Cures for Blindness

Over the past decade, our understanding about what causes different vision problems has dramatically improved, as has the sophistication of the technological tools and techniques available to help us solve those problems. Today, three cutting-edge methods of treating blindness—treatments that were scarcely imaginable even just a few years ago—are currently either in the experimental phase,… Continue Reading

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

5 FAQs That Will Boost Your Knowledge About Genetic Testing

Although genetic testing is becoming an increasingly common medical practice, many people are still unfamiliar with how these types of tests work, what they are used for, and what their advantages and disadvantages may be. Read on to get some answers to your frequently asked questions about genetic testing. What is genetic testing? Simply put,… Continue Reading

Spotlight on Biotechnology’s Most Amazing Early Moments

Spotlight on Biotechnology’s Most Amazing Early Moments

Did you know that the innovations that led to the development of modern biotechnology have taken place over a period that stretches back thousands of years? Read on for a look at some of history’s most important biotech moments during the time leading up to the discovery of DNA in the 1950s. 8,000 B.C.: Amazingly,… Continue Reading

Innovative Medical Materials Inspired by the Natural World

Innovative Medical Materials Inspired by the Natural World

Nature is an excellent designer. Today, faced with ever more complex challenges, scientists and researchers are increasingly turning to the natural world for inspiration when designing and creating new technologies. This is known as “biomimicry,” which is essentially a scientific approach that imitates natural models, systems, or elements in order to solve human challenges. While… Continue Reading

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

How to Make Portable, On-Demand Biopharmaceuticals

Just add water. That’s the simple but game-changing premise behind an innovative technique, developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, which allows biomolecular medicines to be produced on-site and on demand. To develop this method, which is known as “portable biomolecular manufacturing,” Wyss Institute researchers fabricated tiny, freeze-dried… Continue Reading

Inside the Amazing World of Molecular Diagnostics

Inside the Amazing World of Molecular Diagnostics

Molecular diagnostics is one of the major driving forces of the incredible transformation currently sweeping the medical landscape. Thanks to the wealth of disruptive, personalized innovations that this state-of-the-art field has made possible—including early cancer detection, liquid biopsies, next-generation sequencing, and direct-to-consumer testing—our whole approach to health care and medicine is changing dramatically. Read on… Continue Reading