Xuan Pham

About Xuan Pham

Xuan Pham is a human geneticist graduate student who enjoys telling stories about genetics with a creative twist.

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E-Cigarette Vapors Linked to DNA Damage

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs) among middle and high school students had tripled in just one year. Data from the 2014 National Youth Tobacco Survey showed that the numbers jumped from 660,000 high school students in 2013 to 2 million in 2014. These e-cigs(...)


Becoming a Science Storyteller: Tips on Communication

“Nobody has to read this crap!” Ed Yong began his talk at a recent American Society of Human Genetics symposium, The Art and Science of Science Communication, with a bombshell. As scientists, we hold information in the highest regard, especially information we discovered while toiling away in the lab. But Yong insists that no one has(...)


Four Tips for Preparing for a Conference Presentation

Previously, I outlined the initial stages of my personal preparations for a presentation at American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2015 conference. This was my first platform talk presentation and I was thrilled at the opportunity to share my research. At the same time, I was equally petrified at the prospect of speaking to a(...)


Highlights from the 2015 American Society of Human Genetics Conference

As the American Society of Human Genetics concluded its 65th annual meeting in Baltimore, the air around the Johns Hopkins McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine still seems to buzz with the excitement of it all. Among the plethora of innovative research and technologies presented, the society devoted some focus to those entities whose existence is(...)


Preparing for Conferences: Inside the 2015 ASHG Annual Meeting

Attending scientific conferences is one of my favorite things about being a graduate student. I get the opportunity to hear what is hot in the field, who is leading the charge and how they’re doing it. As a genetics student, I’m partial to the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) conference, an annual meeting dedicated(...)


Recent CRISPR/Cas9 Research Ignites Ethical Concerns

The CRISPR/Cas9 wave that’s recently swept through the scientific community is now churning up a storm of controversy in its wake. Due to its relatively low cost and high efficiency, CRISPR/Cas9 has facilitated many breakthroughs in the areas of genome engineering, many of which are oriented at improving human health. Proof of this technology’s power(...)


The Genetic Reality of a Jurassic World

As some of the most impressively gargantuan creatures to ever roam the earth, dinosaurs are a constant source of intrigue and inspiration. In the latest remake of the classic Jurassic novel, Jurassic World, dinosaurs again steal the spotlight by giving moviegoers’ imaginations an exquisite bite (pun intended) of life among these magnificent beasts. But as(...)


Johns Hopkins Tackles Genome Editing with CRISPR/Cas9 Symposium

Peruse through a few articles from major journals and you’d likely come across a new buzzword: CRISPR/Cas9. Short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats/CRISPR-associated nuclease 9, CRISPR/Cas9 is a novel way for researchers to manipulate and edit genomes. But gene editing is not a new concept. So what makes this system so powerful and transformative?(...)