Expanded StrataNGS Test Analyses 500 Genes in Advanced Cancer Patients
Expanded StrataNGS Test Analyses 500 Genes in Advanced Cancer Patients
Expanded StrataNGS Test Analyses 500 Genes in Advanced Cancer Patients
Oncology and precision medicine company Strata Oncology has announced the launch of its expanded StrataNGS test 3.0 for patients with advanced cancer. The test analyses 500 genes for three particular immunotherapy biomarkers, microsatellite instability (MSI), tumor mutational  burden (TMB) and PD-L1, to better inform use of precision treatments.
Expanded StrataNGS Test Analyses 500 Genes in Advanced Cancer Patients
Biogen's Lead Alzheimer's Drug Falls Down at Phase Three Trials
Biogen's Lead Alzheimer's Drug Falls Down at Phase Three Trials
Biogen's Lead Alzheimer's Drug Falls Down at Phase Three Trials
Pharma giant Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai have made the decision to halt two phase 3 trials of aducanumab, a drug created to slow Alzheimer’s by targeting brain-destroying beta-amyloid fragments. An independent monitoring committee decided that the drug was unlikely to benefit patients compared with a placebo.
Biogen's Lead Alzheimer's Drug Falls Down at Phase Three Trials
Microsoft "DNA Drive" Can Encode Information onto DNA and Back Again
Microsoft "DNA Drive" Can Encode Information onto DNA and Back Again
Microsoft "DNA Drive" Can Encode Information onto DNA and Back Again
Microsoft has created the first ever “DNA drive”, a program which can encode digital information into DNA and vice versa. The prototype managed to store and hold only the word “hello”, taking 21 hours to complete the process due to the slow chemical reactions which writing DNA involves.
Microsoft "DNA Drive" Can Encode Information onto DNA and Back Again
New CRISPR-Chip Finds DNA Mutations in Minutes - With No Amplification Necessary
New CRISPR-Chip Finds DNA Mutations in Minutes - With No Amplification Necessary
New CRISPR-Chip Finds DNA Mutations in Minutes - With No Amplification Necessary
For the first time, CRISPR-Cas9 has been combined with electronic graphene transistors to create a new handheld device which can detect specific mutations in the genome within minutes. The device can be used to quickly diagnose genetic disorders and diseases or determine the accuracy of gene-editing techniques.
New CRISPR-Chip Finds DNA Mutations in Minutes - With No Amplification Necessary
Gene Insertion Allows Blind Mice to See Again
Gene Insertion Allows Blind Mice to See Again
Gene Insertion Allows Blind Mice to See Again
Scientists from the University of California have announced a possible alternative option to electronic eye implants for those who have lost their sight: gene therapy. Virus-delivered genes for green opsin gave blind mice sight enough to determine patterns on an iPad, they found, with the therapy possibly ready for clinical trials in three years’ time.
Gene Insertion Allows Blind Mice to See Again

Breaking News

Expanded StrataNGS Test Analyses 500 Genes in Advanced Cancer Patients

Oncology and precision medicine company Strata Oncology has announced the launch of its expanded StrataNGS test 3.0 for patients with advanced cancer. The test analyses 500 genes for three particular immunotherapy biomarkers, microsatellite instability (MSI), tumor mutational  burden (TMB) and PD-L1, to better inform use of precision treatments.

Biogen’s Lead Alzheimer’s Drug Falls Down at Phase Three Trials

Pharma giant Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai have made the decision to halt two phase 3 trials of aducanumab, a drug created to slow Alzheimer’s by targeting brain-destroying beta-amyloid fragments. An independent monitoring committee decided that the drug was unlikely to benefit patients compared with a placebo.

Microsoft “DNA Drive” Can Encode Information onto DNA and Back Again

Microsoft has created the first ever “DNA drive”, a program which can encode digital information into DNA and vice versa. The prototype managed to store and hold only the word “hello”, taking 21 hours to complete the process due to the slow chemical reactions which writing DNA involves.

Gene Insertion Allows Blind Mice to See Again

Scientists from the University of California have announced a possible alternative option to electronic eye implants for those who have lost their sight: gene therapy. Virus-delivered genes for green opsin gave blind mice sight enough to determine patterns on an iPad, they found, with the therapy possibly ready for clinical trials in three years’ time.

Magazines and Educational Guides

Sequencing Buyers’ Guide

The development of the first automated DNA sequencers completely revolutionized the field of DNA sequencing and, eventually, made it possible to publish the first draft sequences of the human genome. Since then, a whole host of companies have developed their own approaches to DNA sequencing, resulting in a market that is filled with different possibilities […]

Molecular Diagnostics Report

Read our report on all things Molecular Diagnostics, including some great contributed articles. Need to know about liquid biopsies? Want to know what the current regulatory landscape looks like? Then you’ve come to the right place.

Gene Editing 101: 2018 Edition

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.

The Genome Spot / Webinars

Maize genome complexity traversed with Oxford Nanopore technology

  Maize is one of the most economically important crops globally and much effort has been spent generating the high quality B73 reference genome. However, the 10 chromosome, 2.3 gigabase (Gb) B73 reference genome was a substantial challenge due to the fact it is comprised of 85% transposable elements, 75% of which are long terminal […]

Human genome sequencing on PromethION: characterization of structural variants and repetitive regions

  At the VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology, we apply sequencing technologies to elucidate the genetic etiology of neurodegenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer Disease and Frontotemporal Dementia. Structural variation and repetitive regions are insufficiently characterized using currently dominant short-read sequencing technologies. Long-read sequencing on the Oxford Nanopore PromethION has the potential for a comprehensive […]

Opinions

GWAS Coming Of Age

There’s a fantastic editorial over in nature medicine that you should really take a look at, if you’re interested in finding out more about where the future of GWAS might be heading.

Educate Yourself

Making Pregnancy Safer

Non-Invasive Pre-Natal Testing (NIPT) has the potential of bringing safer pregnancy testing to the wider NHS, but not without its challenges.

65 Years of DNA

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!

Front Line Genomics Exclusives

Festival of Genomics 2019 – The State of Genomics Today

The introduction of multi-omic research, the advancement of AI and machine learning to improve nearly every aspect of sequencing and data analysis, are just some of the big changes that will only become more prevalent in the future. We spoke to Angela Douglas MBE, Scientific Director of Genetics Laboratories at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, for her opinions on the changing nature of genomics and the trends to watch out for.

Festival of Genomics 2019 – Raising Genomics Awareness: An Interview with pgEd

The Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) is an organisation which firmly believes in expanding genetics knowledge even further afield and increase awareness of the benefits and societal implications of personal genetics. We spoke to them about their goals, their concerns, and some of their biggest successes to date.

Festival of Genomics 2019 – Festival Highlights

With so many talks and panels occurring across our four stages and Live Lounge, we understand that it can be pretty hard to pick out the most unmissable discussions at the festival this year. Given the conundrum, we thought we’d help out! We’ve selected a couple of talks and panels occurring across the two days which we think will be incredibly interesting and enormously informative for a whole range of people.

Around the Web

Five Reasons you Should Be at the Festival of Genomics London 2019

We know it’s hard to believe, but right now there are still some people who haven’t made up their minds to come to the 2019 Festival. Lucky for them we plan for every eventuality, and have prepared the five main reasons everyone should be registering their place at the event right now. 

Festival of Genomics 2019 – Meet the Speakers (Video)

The Festival has really captured the imagination of leading scientists – particularly in the UK. So much so, that increasingly we are lucky to attract incredible speakers who hugely enrich the experience of our attendees. This year is stronger than ever. We luckily got a chance to visit some of our top speakers before the […]

Festival of Genomics 2019: The Survival Guide

With just under two weeks till the festival, it’s time to start thinking logistics. The more scatter-brained of our readers needn’t worry, however: we’ve got everything you need covered in this handy guide, whether it’s things to remember before you arrive at the festival, the best things to do once there and the last couple of things to remember when it’s all done.

Blog

Weekend Reads

This week: Are the conclusion about ‘alien’ mummy, Ata correct? Where is the African DNA in the search for cures? And is it possible to bury family secrets in the age of DNA testing? 

Weekend Reads

This week: Are we really running out of data storage? And can a deadly infection be genetic? You’ll also get a list of must-reads this summer… 

Weekend Reads

This week: Reversed ageing, pig organs, the future of humankind and citizen scientists using genetics to solve past crimes.