Science

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AMP 2018: The Challenges of Introducing NGS to Clinics Globally

We spoke to Dr. Carlos Prada, Assistant Professor of Clinical Genetics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics, and Dr. Emma Clement, Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital in the UK, to find out how more about the challenges of implementing NGS globally, and where that implementation has been successful.

AMP 2018: Precision Medicine Starts Here

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) Annual Meeting & Expo is where the molecular diagnostics community gathers to advance clinical knowledge, discuss new discoveries, share recent successes, and showcase the latest technological advances in molecular medicine.

Gene Editing Could Cure Fatal Muscle Disease

The editing of muscle cells in young beagles, bred to Duchenne muscular dystrophy, to remove a key barrier to higher protein production could greatly further the treatment of the disease in humans.

Maize genome complexity traversed with Oxford Nanopore technology

  Maize is one of the most economically important crops globally and much effort has been spent generating the high quality B73 reference genome. However, the 10 chromosome, 2.3 gigabase (Gb) B73 reference genome was a substantial challenge due to the fact it is comprised of 85% transposable elements, 75% of which are long terminal […]

Scientists Uncover Why Some Cancers Affect Only Young Women

Cells settling in an organ other than the correct one during embryogenesis are often the cause of rare ovarian and pancreatic cancers which affect only young women, researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University Hospitals of Geneva (HUG) have found.

Stem Cells and Gene Editing Create Mice From Two Mothers

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have used two female mice to create offspring which subsequently went on to have healthy children of their own. While similar offspring were produced from two male mice, they did not survive for longer than a few days.

Blocking MDSC immune cells shown to slow TNBC metastasis

A new report from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has expanded what we know about the connection between myeloid-derived immunosuppressor cells (MDSCs) and aggressive disease. Their research has found that blocking the deltaNp63 protein on tumour cells which directs MDSCs to tumour and metastatic sites, or blocking the MDSCs themselves, reduces tumour growth and metastasis in a mouse model of triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC).

Immature human eggs created from blood cells

Japanese scientists have created an immature human egg using stem cells created from blood cells, as reported in the Science journal. Although such eggs have been created in a lab before, this is the first time human blood has been used to do it.

Sequencing Buyers’ Guide

The development of the first automated DNA sequencers completely revolutionized the field of DNA sequencing and, eventually, made it possible to publish the first draft sequences of the human genome. Since then, a whole host of companies have developed their own approaches to DNA sequencing, resulting in a market that is filled with different possibilities […]