5 things to read Warming up for the weekend, we have a review of gene therapy, the lab of the future, and schools paving the way for big data analytics. 

DNA-Based Diet Advice Is Big Business With Little Scientific Support 

Tech companies are selling expensive diets based on genetic and microbiome sequencing. But scientists say there are no shortcuts to healthy weight loss. 

Reviewing Gene Therapy: How Close is Biotech to Genetic Cures? 

Over 10,000 human diseases are caused by exactly one faulty gene. Gene therapy promises to fix each of them. Here’s a review of biotech’s progress. 

Unconscious Patient With ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ Tattoo Causes Ethical Conundrum at Hospital 

When an unresponsive patient arrived at Florida hospital ER, the medical staff was taken aback upon discovering the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed onto the man’s chest – with the word “NOT” underlined and with his signature beneath it. Confused and alarmed, the medical staff chose to ignore the apparent DNR request – but not without alerting the hospital’s ethics team, who had a different take on the matter. 

The Lab of the Future: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Microfluidics

Today’s laboratories look very different to ten years ago, but what about ten years from now? 

The way in which scientist’s approach research has been drastically influenced by the advancement of technologies. The integration of robotics and automation has revolutionized procedures, transforming tedious manual processes to automated liquid-handling systems. 

The introduction of microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies, adoption of paperless workflows, and the ever-increasing interest in cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence (AI) are just a few factors instrumental in the transformation of the laboratory. More specifically, influencing procedure efficiency, reproducibility, data collection, analysis and sharing, and much more.

5 US Business Schools Blazing a Trail in Big Data Analytics 

In today’s business world, big data analytics skills become increasingly important. Opportunity abounds for people who can extract value from Big Data—complex, overwhelming datasets that can offer predicative insights.

Data has become currency unto itself. Now that corporations have your information, they need people to harness and transform that data into something tangible.

Academia has been a particularly fertile petri dish for companies to develop solutions to understanding their vast quantities of data. In the last 10 years, many top American business schools have sought to incorporate Big Data techniques into their curricula, either through MBA specializations or standalone degrees. Here are five US business schools blazing a trail in big data analytics.