Education

Health Education England Present New Competency Framework for Genomic Testing

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. […]

Patients Cite ‘Bad Luck’ as Third Biggest Cancer Cause

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 […]

WHO Strips UK of Measles Free Status

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 […]

A Guide to Biodata: Analysis, Integration and Management

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 […]

Unlocking the Promise of DNA Sequencers: An Interview with Ben Langmead

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.