John Lauerman, Health and Higher Education Reporter, Bloomberg News, shares his personal human genome story.
John Lauerman is an award-winning reporter covering health and higher education for Bloomberg News in Boston. Recently he has chronicled his experiences as a participant in the Personal Genome Project. In 2011, he and his colleagues won a Polk Award and were Pulitzer finalists for a series of stories on for-profit colleges that recruit low-income students, often to leave them with debt and no degree. He's been recognized for coverage of Harvard University's $1 billion loss on risky debt-swap investments; the failed search for a vaccine against HIV; and the market withdrawal of the painkiller Vioxx. He's been a fellow of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Health Coverage program; the Kaiser Family Foundation's program for science journalists and Harvard Medical School's Media Fellowship. He lives with his wife and two children in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Bloomberg News Reporter John Lauerman shares his experience of having his genome sequenced for a story. Through the sequencing, he learned he carried a genetic variant that was causing symptoms that had been previously undiagnosed.