First High-Quality Eurasian Otter Genome Published

Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute have just released the first high-quality Eurasian Otter (Lutra lutra) genome in partnership with the Cardiff University Otter project, aiming to support the study of their biology and support conservation efforts.

Interview with Dr Luigi Grassi, Informatics Scientist, AstraZeneca

FLG: Could you give us an introduction of yourself and the work you do? I’m Luigi Grassi and I’m an Informatics Scientist at AstraZeneca. I’m responsible for designing and performing bioinformatical analyses of the high throughput sequencing experiments we use to characterise stable cell lines expressing biotherapeutics. FLG: What motivated you to pursue a career […]

Snoring Insights from the UK Biobank’s Latest Study

Even on Valentine’s Day the snoring of a sleeping companion, can be a hard habit to excuse. And, while a UK Biobank analysis may not help to silence-the-snooze of your significant other, the insights published today are interesting, nonetheless. The observational and genetic study of 400,000 snoring and non-snoring participants using data from the UK […]

Shareable Science: The Genetics of Coronavirus

In early December, an outbreak of respiratory illness was reported in Wuhan, China. Scientists quickly determined the sickness was caused by a new virus from the coronavirus family. In an attempt to limit the spread of the virus, China has reacted with transportation lockdowns and public health advisories.

Coronavirus Genome Now On UCSC Genome Browser

The biomolecular code of the deadly Wuhan pneumonia virus, the coronavirus, is now available to view on the UCSC Genome Browser. With nearly 41,000 cases and 910 deaths to date, the deadly virus has forced more than 50 million people to be quarantined by the Chinese government in an aim to stop the spread of the virus.

Telomere Maintenance Mutations and Cancer Cell Immortality

New research has identified mutations that could lead to the lengthening of telomeres, a hallmark of cancer cells and an important focus in developing targeted treatments. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center looked at cancer cells to find the ways some of them achieve immortality in a study as part of the Pan-Cancer Analysis of Whole Genomes (PCAWG).

East Asian and European Genomic Differences Found in Lung Cancer

New research from institutions in Singapore and China has identified genetic differences that occur between lung adenocarcinomas in East Asians and Europeans. Published in Nature Genetics, the researchers found that lung adenocarcinomas had more stable genomes in East Asians than in Europeans, and a stronger difference in smokers compared to non-smokers.

21 Gene Variants May be Linked to Gender Dysphoria

Gene variants that could play a role in the incongruence transgender individuals experience may have been found in the genes for oestrogen receptor pathways. Published in Nature, this study identified some of the first biological evidence that linked 21 gene variants in 19 genes with a possible role in sex-specific development during birth in an […]

Interview with Dr Halima Moncrieffe, Assistant Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Dr Halima Moncrieffe is an Assistant Professor at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, ranked top 3 in the USA, where she combines genomics with immunology to understand medication response and disease etiology. Halima is an award-winning immunologist who’s ultimate goal is to move towards a cure for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, so children can live pain-free and to their full potential

Our Festival of Genomics 2020 Review – As told by you!

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 […]