5 things to readThis week has been filled with eclipse and hurricane talk. Here are 5 things to read instead.

Why It’s a Good Year for Diagnostics Startups

One of the fastest ways to send healthcare venture capitalists running for their Teslas is to tell them that you have a clinical diagnostics startup to pitch. That’s sad because diagnostic tests can provide clarity about a patient’s health, and are a critical part of the healthcare system. 

Given their importance to medicine, why have diagnostics been so loathed by VCs? And given that aversion, why have investments in clinical diagnostics quietly risen to a record level this year? 

Genetic Engineering Will Make Income Inequality Much Worse 

Early this month, scientists announced that they had edited genes in a human embryo to remove a disease-causing mutation. The work was astounding and the answer to prayers of many parents. Who wouldn’t want a chance to prevent what would now be needless suffering for their children? But that wouldn’t be the end of it. 

4 Biohacking Facts You Should Know About in 2017

In today’s world, biohacking falls into a few distinct categories: 1) Grinders, who implant technology into their bodies. 2) Health hackers, who use a combination of diet and activity to improve their bodies. 3) DIY biologists, who work in genetics and work on combining different species’ genetic codes. And 4) Researchers and participants in nootropics, a field dedicated to improving cognitive function that is so new that a term like “nootropicist” has yet to be accepted.

So what does the biohacking industry look like in 2017? Here are four biohacking facts you should know about. 

Genes I Would Have Edited Out of my Own Embryo

Eric Schulmiller from The New Yorker provides us with a list of what he would have edited out of his own embryo if he had the chance. “The gene that makes me think I’m a good dancer,” is probably something we’d all want out.

Best Bioinformatics Blogs on the Planet

Feedspot has put together a top 75 of bioinformatics blogs and websites for bioinformaticians. So if you’re on the lookout for some more good reading, you should check it out. PS. We made it to number 14!