News

16 November 2018

Genomics Specialist Careers: Meet The Workforce

Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme has developed a new film series looking at some often-forgotten specialist roles within the genomics multidisciplinary team in a hospital.

16 November 2018

A New Approach To Detecting Cancer Earlier From Blood Tests

Cancer scientists led by principal investigator Dr. Daniel De Carvalho at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre have combined “liquid biopsy,” epigenetic alterations and machine learning to develop a blood test to detect and classify cancer at its earliest stages.

13 November 2018

New ML Program Can Characterise Single Cell RNA-seq

Neural networks and supervised machine learning (ML) techniques can characterise cells studied using single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq), scientists from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have learnt. This could aid others in identifying new cell subtypes and in discerning diseased cells.

12 November 2018

Defective DNA Repair Leads to Genome “Chaos”

Scientists have found a cause for the frequent and damaging events in cancer cells’ genetic material where sections of individual chromosomes were broken at a number of points and reassembled wrongly, so entire sections were missing and others were duplicated or incorporated in a wrong orientation.

8 November 2018

CRISPR Repairs DNA Even Without Donor Template

CRISPR-Cas9 can carry out precise genome editing even without the assistance of donor DNA templates, a team of scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard have found.

7 November 2018

New Tech Predicts Biosequence Binding in Seconds

A new technology known as “Pattern to Knowledge” (P2K) has been created by researchers at the University of Waterloo to predict the binding of biosequences in only seconds. The new development could radically speed up discovery of new drugs and reduce the need for expensive laboratory tests.

7 November 2018

Mutations in “Guardian of the Genome” Assist Cancer in Spreading

Tumours are helped in their development by mutating the most important cancer-prevention gene, p53, scientists from Melbourne have found. The study, published in Genes and Development, found that mutant p53 prevents the regular p53 protein from activating its natural defences, increasing the risk of the cancer spreading.

5 November 2018

Tiny Bio-Scaffold Could Perfect Stem Cell Transportation

A minuscule, biodegradable scaffold has been created to transplant stem cells and deliver drugs within the body, the Nature Communications journal has reported, which could help with treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as aging brain degeneration and spinal cord injuries.

5 November 2018

New Drug Combination Could Halt Fibrosis

A combination of drugs has potentially been uncovered that could halt the progression of fibrosis, a disease thought to be responsible for almost half of all deaths, according to a new study.

2 November 2018

Illumina Buys PacBio for $1.2bn

DNA sequencing company Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) is being bought for $1.2bn by bigger rival Illumina, it was announced yesterday. The deal represents a 71% premium on yesterday’s closing price for PacBio, and is the largest that Illumina has ever made.