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 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
September 14, 2014 • 2:44 PM
“One of the biggest myths about poverty in the United States is that a relatively small segment of the population is poor, and that this represents a more or less permanent underclass. But…lots of people move in and out of poverty over the course of their lives. And it doesn’t take much for people at the edge to lose their footing.”
Filed under: Douglas Quenqua, 2014, Columbia Magazine