November 6, 2014 • 4:25 PM
For years, researchers have said that whole genome sequencing could help cure everything from Alzheimer’s to breast cancer. Now, Autism Speaks and Google are taking the idea for a spin, collecting, sequencing and storing the entire genomes of 10,000 autistic patients and their families. In this piece for CNBC.com (and one very early-morning appearance on Squawbox), I look at the $500 million effort and the scientist driving it, Dr. Stephen Scherer.
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, Autism, CNBC
October 16, 2014 • 4:10 PM
Ever since a pair of psychologists found that by age 3, poor children heard 30 million fewer words than affluent children, parents and educators have been obsessed with the “word gap.” Now a study has found that the quality of interactions, not the quantity of words, is what matters when it comes to teaching kids language. The findings don’t completely contradict the original “word gap” work, but they should help put it in perspective.
Filed under: New York Times, 2014, word gap
October 11, 2014 • 3:37 PM
Kids love iPads. Pediatricians do not. Keep your children away from screens before they turn two, doctors say, but also read to them at least once a day, starting from the day they are born. When “reading” increasingly means swiping pages on a digital device, and app stores are bursting with programs that promise to teach kids to talk, count, and read, what’s a parent to do? My latest page one story for the Times, Is E-Reading to Your Toddler Story Time, or Simply Screen Time?
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua