It’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. But there are several projects that offer hope amid all the bad news.
Gene Editing 101: 2018 Edition
Gene Editing 101: 2018 EditionFree download: This guide will discuss the gene editing tools currently available and how they can be used to manipulate genomic sequences, as well as the real world applications that put these tools to use.
Weekend ReadsThis week's talking points were how we're all mosaics, the 'Jolie Effect' on breast cancer and that China is taking the lead in genetic testing.
Genetic Material of African Origin is Key to Understanding Disease Mechanism
Genetic Material of African Origin is Key to Understanding Disease MechanismIt’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. But there are several projects that offer hope amid all the bad news.
What's In Your Genome? Parents-To-Be Wants to Know
What's In Your Genome? Parents-To-Be Wants to KnowWe now have the capacity to quickly and cheaply sequence an individual's genome and scour it for disease-causing genes. But how much, and what type, of information does a parent-to-be want to know?
We're Not Prepared for the Genetic Revolution That's Coming
We're Not Prepared for the Genetic Revolution That's ComingGenetics is influencing more and more of our decisions, but we can't make the right choices if we don't understand it.
We now have the capacity to quickly and cheaply sequence an individual’s genome and scour it for disease-causing genes. But how much, and what type, of information does a parent-to-be want to know?
A new technique reveals the earliest stages of human development without the need for human embryos.
AI genomics company, Freenome have announced it’s conducting the first clinical validation study of an AI-genomics blood test, a major milestone on its path toward a commercially available screening test.
The previous head of R&D and chief scientific officer at Gilead Sciences, Norbert Bischofberger has surfaced as the new CEO of startup Kronos Bio.
The FDA is coming down hard on pharma following generic drug stalling tactics. This follows the recent publication from the agency of an online list of pharma companies that together have racked up 150 complaints from generics makers seeking samples.
Magazines and Educational Guides
Free download: This guide will discuss the gene editing tools currently available and how they can be used to manipulate genomic sequences, as well as the real world applications that put these tools to use.
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.
The Genome Spot / Webinars
In this open discussion webinar, DNA Genotek and Illumina discuss what’s trending in whole genome sequencing (WGS).
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.
Genetics is influencing more and more of our decisions, but we can’t make the right choices if we don’t understand it.
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.
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.
This week’s talking points were how we’re all mosaics, the ‘Jolie Effect’ on breast cancer and that China is taking the lead in genetic testing.
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…