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National Genomegraphic

National Geographic's February issue features a couple of articles for the genomics crowd.

The short interview with Francis Collins covers a lot of ground, including genetic determinism, neurotheology, and, of course, the problem of evil. The recent publication of The Language of God may be the reason for the discussion, but Collins doesn't seem to be too fatigued by the many interviews he's granted on the topic in recent months. When asked to defend his belief in the possibility for miracles, for example, he replies that "as a scientist I set my standards for miracles very high."

The issue also features an article on heart disease research, which includes a nice description of Eric Topol's work on the genomics of coronary disease. While some might already know Topol for his discovery of the heart attack-causing MEF2A deletion, the article fills out his professional bio with detail you couldn't get from a PubMed search. For example, we certainly didn't know that "Topol himself is as lean as a greyhound and weathered in a cowboyish way." Read more about his work here.


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