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2012-09-05 02:24:39

LA JOLLA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- "There are two groups of people," J. Craig Venter told Der Spiegel in 2010. "People either want to know...or they prefer to live like an ostrich with their head in the sand, not knowing anything." By any definition, Venter is a person who wants to know. He wanted to understand the human genome. But the Human Genome Project was working too slowly for his taste. So he created a company, Celera Genomics, that leapfrogged the government-backed...

2012-08-21 23:20:13

Study of “contained, isolated” genes in sea lamprey may indicate how potentially deleterious genes can be controlled Research on a unique vertebrate called the sea lamprey shows that more than a thousand genes are shed during its early development. These genes are paradoxically lost all throughout the developing embryo except in a specialized compartment called “primordial germ cells” or PGCs. The PGCs can be thought of as embryonic stem cells and are used,...

Scientists Sequence Genome Of Darwin's Finch
2012-08-17 16:22:43

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The genome of Galapagos finches have been sequenced for the first time in an international collaboration between the Genome 10K project and BGI. The finch, which was first described by Charles Darwin, is the first of the BGI-Genome 10K collaboration to be made available through the UCSC Genome Browser. "The scientific advancement," Erich Jarvis said in a press release, "is that it will allow us to investigate the genomes of a...

Harvard Scientists Write Book In DNA And Accurately Copy, Read It Back
2012-08-17 10:57:16

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online DNA, the building block of life, is now home to more than just the world´s living creatures. Scientists from Harvard University report that they have written an entire novel in DNA, a feat that could revolutionize our ability to save data. Our genetic code packs billions of gigabytes into a single gram. That is significantly more information that a single microchip could even think about storing. In fact, a single milligram...

2012-07-26 01:17:16

A University of Sheffield academic is helping a team of citizen scientists to carry out crucial research into European genetic heritage. Citizen Scientists are not required to have a scientific background or training, but instead they possess a passion for the subject and are increasingly being empowered by the scientific community to get involved in research. Dr Andy Grierson, from the University of Sheffield´s Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), has helped a team...

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2012-07-23 21:46:46

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Life Technologies Corporation announced it plans to compete for the $10 million X PRIZE by being the first to rapidly and accurately sequence 100 whole human genomes at $1,000 a pop. The healthy competition will help jump start the world's first clinical standard that will transform genome sequencing into usable medical information to improve diagnostics and treatments. The team competing will use the company's new bench top Ion...

2012-07-17 15:09:56

BGI, the world's largest genomics organization, announced today that it has successfully developed a new filtering tool, PDXomics, which performs accurate and specific classification of the mixed reads derived from the host and tumor xenografts. Through the full utilization of this robust tool, researchers could develop the specific patient-derived xenografts (PDX) and advance the oncology drug discovery, biomarker development and their future applications. Xenograft models serve as an...

2012-07-17 06:27:26

LEXINGTON, Ky., July 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Transposagen announced that XTN(TM) site-specific nucleases targeting each gene in the human genome are now available. Utilizing the FLASH(TM) high-throughput system (FLASH assembly of TALENs for high-throughput genome editing. Nature Biotechnology 30, 460-465 (2012)), Transposagen can produce a site-specific nuclease targeting nearly any gene in any genome with the fastest delivery time in the industry. The XTN(TM) site-specific nucleases, also...

Your Genome Available From A Drugstore Near You?
2012-07-14 06:18:04

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the growing accessibility of our human genome increasing all the time, the day may not be far off when we carry our personal genome around like we carry a driver´s license now, according to a recent Telegraph report. Professor Armand Leroi, of Imperial College London, claims that with the falling costs of DNA testing, it will be common for young people to pay to access their entire genetic code within the next five to ten...

2012-07-10 15:30:31

Biologists' capacity for generating genomic data is increasing more rapidly than computing power - A new algorithm will help them keep up In 2001, the Human Genome Project and Celera Genomics announced that after 10 years of work at a cost of some $400 million, they had completed a draft sequence of the human genome. Today, sequencing a human genome is something that a single researcher can do in a couple of weeks for less than $10,000. Since 2002, the rate at which genomes can be...