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4 February 2019

New cDNA Sequencing Kits Unveiled by Oxford Nanopore

Oxford Nanopore has launched its two new “109” cDNA kits, which provide high throughput while generating complete sequences of full-length cDNA strands with a low input option of just 1ng PolyA+ RNA.

31 January 2019

USA Heads Genomics Salary Scale While UK Trails Well Behind

Genomics industry professionals working in the USA are the highest paid in the world and their UK colleagues earn on average less than half as much. This was one of the most striking findings from the second annual Genomics Industry Workforce survey report published this week by Front Line Genomics and Paramount Recruitment.

30 January 2019

Chinese Institute Clones Gene-Edited Monkeys for Testing

Scientists at the Institute of Neuroscience (ION) in China have reportedly used gene-editing technology to disable a certain gene vital to sleep-cycle in macaque monkeys. This prototype could create populations of genetically identical monkeys to allow scientists to better study the mechanisms of complex human disorders.

28 January 2019

Gene Drives Found to Work in Mice for First Time

Scientists working at the University of California have developed a form of gene drive to control the inheritance of multiple genes in mice. Until now, such technology has been limited to the control of inheritance in insects only.

25 January 2019

Sir John Chisholm and Professor John Mattick to Leave Genomics England

Genomics England has announced the appointment of Jonathan Symonds CBE as its new Chair to replace Sir John Chisholm, who leaves the organisation on 29 January 2019. Genomics England’s CEO, Professor John Mattick, is also stepping down to be temporarily replaced by Genomic England’s current Chief Scientist, Professor Mark Caulfield.

15 January 2019

“Switch Mechanism” in CRISPR Could Prevent Unwanted Side Effects

A new study published in Cell magazine and co-authored by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna has suggested a potential solution to the unwanted side-effects of using CRISPR in the body. The study details using a “switch” mechanism which could keep the Cas9 enzyme turned off until it reaches its target site.

15 January 2019

Chronomics Secures $1.12 Million in Seed Funding

Chronomics a healthtech company which allows individuals to track their health and wellbeing through epigenetic information, has received £1.12 million in seed funding after launching the company last year.

7 January 2019

Neural Network Identifies Possible Syndromes from Facial Profiles

A Boston biotechnology company has built a neural network which examines the overall elements of the human face and compiles a list of the ten genetic syndromes that person potentially has, possibly helping medical professionals narrow down the diagnosis for that individual.

3 January 2019

Bristol-Myers Squibb to Buy Celgene for $74bn

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) has announced intentions to buy Celgene for $74bn. This transaction, the fourth largest such deal in pharma history, will give BMS access to several cancer franchises, including experimental cell therapies which attack tumours.