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The 100K Wellness Project

Lee Hood, M.D., Ph.D., president of the Institute for Systems Biology, spells out his vision for the 100K Wellness Project, which was launched in March of 2014. For more on the project, be sure to check out "Promoting Wellness & Demystifying Disease: The 100K Project," written by Dr. Hood and Nathan D. Price, Ph.D., from the third issue of Clinical OMICs.



  • Optical Defibrillation

    Light tames lethal heart disorders in mice and virtual humans. In lab tests, researchers halt arrhythmias with gentle beams, not harsh electric shocks.

  • Climate Drivers of Early Human Migration

    A new study in Nature by Axel Timmermann and Tobias Friedrich combines models of climate variations with human migration models to find new estimates for the timing of migration waves of early Homo sapiens out of Africa.

  • Elephant Tranquilizer Might Be Exacerbating Heroin Epidemic

    Carfentanil is designed to knock out animals like elephants and moose, but drug dealers are lacing heroin with it. 

  • Genetically Modified Humans? CRISPR/Cas 9 Explained

    Fans of Blade Runner have already caught a glimpse of world with super-powered humans secretly living among us, capable of physical feats.

  • If You Edit Genes Using CRISPR, Can You Undo the Effects?

    CRISPR can be used to alter the genes of not only one organism, but an entire species, through a method of inheritance known as a gene drive. But what happens if something goes awry?

  • Zebra Finch Parents Tell Eggs: “It's Hot Outside”

    By calling to their eggs, zebra finch parents may be helping their young prepare for a hotter world brought on by climate change.

  • The Science of Steroids: Keeping The Olympics Fair

    Recent news of Olympic doping scandals have led to strict penalties and a closer look at steroid testing. Chemistry plays a huge role on both sides of the performance-enhancing drug battle. On one side are officials and scientists, aiming to keep the competitions fair; on the other are underground or overseas chemists, creating new drugs to cheat the system. This week, Reactions goes into the science of steroids -- what they are, what they do and how scientists test for them.

  • The Protein Folding Revolution

    Big leaps in our understanding of protein folding can open doors to new protein-based medicines and materials—designed from the ground up.

  • Talking Backwards

    Scientific studies have linked the ability to speak backwards with working memory through genetic mutation.

  • Chikungunya Virus Contracted in U.S. for First Time

    While the mosquito-borne virus has spread throughout Central American and the Caribbean, it's only in southern U.S. states so far.

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Cancer vs. Zika: What Worries You Most?

While Zika continues to garner a lot of news coverage, a Mayo Clinic survey reveals that Americans believe the country’s most significant healthcare challenge is cancer. Compared to other diseases, does the possibility of developing cancer worry you the most?

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