Three years ago a team of scientists built the first synthetic yeast chromosome, and today they have got one giant step closer to their goal of creating a complex organism.
We Are One Step Closer to Synthetic Life with Designer Chromosomes
We Are One Step Closer to Synthetic Life with Designer ChromosomesThree years ago a team of scientists built the first synthetic yeast chromosome, and today they have got one giant step closer to their goal of creating a complex organism.
23andMe Dream Big With Latest Data-Mining Efforts
23andMe Dream Big With Latest Data-Mining EffortsLast week at the 23andMe headquarters, over 100 researchers gathered together for the company's annual Genome Research Day.
Are We More Like Pigeons Than we First Thought?
Are We More Like Pigeons Than we First Thought?The latest results from a "DNA barcoding" study has revealed that the difference between any two humans in about the same as the difference between two pigeons when genetics is concerned anyway.
Millions of Proteins Not Found in Nature Have Been Synthezised By Chemists
Millions of Proteins Not Found in Nature Have Been Synthezised By ChemistsChemists have devised a way to rapidly synthesize and screen millions of novel proteins that could be used as drugs against Ebola and other viruses.
Colon Cancer Cells Use Mysterious RNA Strands to Avoid Cell Death
Colon Cancer Cells Use Mysterious RNA Strands to Avoid Cell DeathResearchers have discovered how unusually long strands of RNA help colon cancer cells to avoid death, allowing unregulated growth.
Last week at the 23andMe headquarters, over 100 researchers gathered together for the company’s annual Genome Research Day.
The latest results from a “DNA barcoding” study has revealed that the difference between any two humans in about the same as the difference between two pigeons when genetics is concerned anyway.
Chemists have devised a way to rapidly synthesize and screen millions of novel proteins that could be used as drugs against Ebola and other viruses.
Researchers have discovered how unusually long strands of RNA help colon cancer cells to avoid death, allowing unregulated growth.
A new analysis of DNA sequences suggests the Native American founding population that migrated from Siberia consisted of approximately 250 people.
Magazines and Educational Guides
Free download: This guide is intended to help you understand how cancers can develop in the body and what forms they can take, as well as taking you through the medical processes of diagnosis and treatment.
Free download: In this guide, we discuss the challenges involved in lead generation and preclinical development, what factors need to be considered during clinical trials, and how genomics has started to change the way we approach drug design.
Free download: This guide gives you a broader and deeper understanding than the previous edition, to help you understand what considerations you need to make when designing a computational genomics workflow or platform.
The Genome Spot / Webinars
To fully benefit from the vast quantities of data from TCGA, tools for easy data visualisation and analysis must be developed for use of the non-computational scientist. Our panel of experts discuss TCGA data and the tools needed to make sense of it.
Comparison of Single Nucleotide Variants in Sequencing Data Produced by Illumina and Oxford Nanopore Technologies.
Come hear from David Grieg, Bioinformatician at Public Health England to learn more about the application of the MinION for the surveillance of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7.
Our panel of experts come together to discuss the benefits and drawbacks on the use of saliva DNA in genetic studies and how it’s currently being used to diminish biases in our databases and uncovering the role of epigenetics in psychiatric disorders.
A great look at the concerns over DIY Gene Editing in The New York Times.
The Salk Institute, in California, asked a judge to dismiss portions of the gender-discrimination lawsuits that were filed last July.
The Mayo Clinic’s David Smith, talks about science fiction writer, Nancy Kress, whom he thinks is not only a great storyteller, but is also a genius in how she demonstrates how genetics can alter society within her novels.
There are many different techniques for DNA and RNA amplification. By far the most common method, however, is the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). This simple guide will tell you everything you need to know about PCR.
Happy DNA Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a timeline of some of the major events that have happened in genomics since 1953 – See how far we’ve come!
The Code, Part 3: It’s now easier than ever to peer into your own genetic code. But are all of the new companies out there offering you information about yourself that you can believe?
The Short Read
Kat Arney is one of the “Top 10 Brits who make science sexy”, according to BBC America. Need we say more?
“How Can We Anticipate and Respond to Technologies and Information That is Rapidly Changing?” – Josephine Johnston
Josephine Johnston is an expert on the ethical, legal and policy implications of biomedical technologies, particularly as used in human reproduction, psychiatry, genetics, and neuroscience.
“I Would Like to See Widespread Reimbursement of Clinical Genomic Testing as Well as Screening” – Gavin Stone
Gavin Stone is an electronics engineer who joined Edico Genome in 2013 to lead corporate development and marketing for the DRAGEN™ Bio-IT Processor, the world’s first next-generation sequencing bioinformatics chip to massively speed up genomic medicine.
Around the Web
Open access dataset reveals how factors such as diet, antibiotics and mental health status can influence the microbial and molecular makeup of your gut.
Repositive, has successfully concluded the pilot phase of its data-sharing platform for PDX cancer models and is now extending the scope of the platform to include a wider range of translational cancer models.
Karius has developed a next-generation sequencing test for microbial cell-free DNA that provides clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than 1,250 pathogens directly from blood.
Enjoy the weekend with insightful reads on AI and how our brains map spaces, and marvel at the reaction and legacy of James Watson’s 90’th birthday. And Enjoy some cheese!
This week in weekend reads: Pig brains being kept alive outside bodies, the ethics of experimenting with human brain tissue, and how writing about the link between genes and educational attainment can be dangerous…
Worth reading this week: human cloning, ninja polymers fighting off superbugs, and genetics research failing most of the world’s population.