In an effort to continue keeping the public informed about COVID-19, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has launched a series of educational videos to help separate fact from myth about the virus.
“Our geneticist could only find three published articles about the GRIN1 gene at the time” – Interview with Jillian Hastings Ward, Chair of the Participant Panel at Genomics England
Jillian Hastings Ward is Chair of the Participant Panel at Genomics England. The Panel acts as an advisory body to the Genomics England board to ensure that the data collected by the 100,000 Genomes Project is being used for the best interests of the participants.
We’ve just completed our 5th Annual Festival of Genomics, which was an incredible experience. Almost 2,000 people came through the doors to see 120 speakers, 50+ exhibitors, 5 theatres of talks and so much more. Thank you to all who attended and made this festival the success it was. We hope you all had a fantastic […]
New competency framework for genomic testing The Genomics Education Programme (GEP) has developed a cross-professional framework to support clinicians facilitating genomic testing With the roll-out of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service, patients across England gain equity of access to genomic testing for the first time, including whole genome sequencing for certain rare diseases and cancers. […]
Australian cancer patients cited ‘bad luck’ or ‘fate’ as the third most common cause of their cancer, a new study has shown. The research raises worrying implications about public understanding of the disease. Cancer is caused by genetic changes that allow cells to grow and divide out of control. These genetic changes can be initiated […]
Educating the Public on Genetics: An Interview with Neil Lamb, HudsonAlpha Insitute for Biotechnology
We talked to Dr. Neil Lamb, Vice President for Educational Outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He describes why educating the public on genomics is so important and the challenges of achieving this. FLG: Can you Introduce HudsonAlpha? NL: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit genomics research institute in Huntsville, Alabama. We are […]
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stripped the United Kingdom of its measles free status following an increase in disease cases and falling vaccination rates. The UK recorded 913 cases of measles between 1 January and 31 October 2018, compared to 259 cases in 2017. This is despite measles being an entirely preventable disease. Measles […]
Epitranscriptomics – An Interview with Samie Jaffrey, Professor of Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medicine
The study of epitranscriptomics has ramifications for better understanding disease symptoms and pushing forward drug treatment. But it’s also an emerging area still misunderstood by many. FLG spoke to Dr Samie Jaffrey, Professor of Pharmacology, Weill Cornell Medicine, about the field.
LGBT+ STEM Day – An Interview with Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London
In honour of LGBT+ STEM day we talked to Professor Tom Welton, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College London and the President-Elect of the Royal Society of Chemistry. He shares his thoughts on diversity and inclusion in the workplace and how attitudes have changed towards LGBT+ people. FLG: What Issues Do […]
It has now been 16 years since the Human Genome Project sequenced the first ever human genome: in that time, as has been mentioned in previous editions of this report, more than 500,000 genomes have been sequenced, generating enough data to drastically raise computational resource usage and create a need for rapid innovation to offset […]
Dr Ben Langmead is a computational biologist and assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at Johns Hopkins University, most famous for his creation of the Bowtie and Bowtie 2 sequence alignment algorithms, used to improve sequencing alignment quality. FLG spoke to Dr Langmead about his lab, his recent work using the Stampede2 supercomputer cluster to optimise sequencing data analysis software, and the future for DNA sequencers as a whole.
The eLife online journal has published its first “computationally reproducible” article, where figures are integrated with the software, data and computational environment required to produce them.
D4: Pharma is a highly-select gathering of 80-100 very senior and experienced pharma professionals responsible for making important decisions, as well as turning innovation and new ideas into measurable progress.
Genomics England, NHS England and The Royal Society are holding a scientific meeting at the Royal Society in Carlton House Terrace to celebrate the successful conclusion of the 100,000 Genomes Project, which was declared finished in December last year.