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2013-08-08 13:57:33

A team from the University of Washington has unveiled a comprehensive portrait of the genome of the world’s first immortal cell line, known as HeLa. The cell line was derived in 1951 from an aggressive cervical cancer that killed Henrietta Lacks, a 31-year-old African-American tobacco farmer and mother of five – the subject of the 2010 New York Times best-seller, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” They will also be...

2013-08-08 10:14:45

The National Institutes of Health today announced in Nature that it has reached an understanding with the family of the late Henrietta Lacks to allow biomedical researchers controlled access to the whole genome data of cells derived from her tumor, commonly known as HeLa cells. These cells have already been used extensively in scientific research and have helped make possible some of the most important medical advances of the past 60 years. These include the development of modern vaccines,...

2013-08-07 08:30:13

-- Merger will make DNA testing more accessible and affordable for consumers, researchers and healthcare providers -- HOUSTON, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Gene by Gene, Ltd., the world's first company to develop consumer DNA testing products for ancestry and genealogy applications, announced today the acquisition of Arpeggi, Inc., a StartUp Health- and GE-backed company that develops solutions for genome sequencing, data management and computational analysis. The combined company...

Simple Moss Plants Outperform Us By Gene Number
2013-08-05 11:28:48

AlphaGalileo Foundation At the genetic level, mosses are more complex than humans: A group of German, Belgian and Japanese scientists, coordinated by Professor Ralf Reski from the University of Freiburg, Germany, published a new study where they describe 32,275 protein-encoding genes from the moss Physcomitrella patens. This is about 10,000 genes more than the human genome contains. Mosses are tiny plants with a simple body plan: They have no roots, no flowers and do not produce seeds....

2013-08-05 08:26:37

New Sector for National Consumer Advertising in Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 23andMe, the leading personal genetics company, today launched Portraits of Health, the company's first television advertising campaign. The campaign focuses on educating consumers about how understanding their DNA can help them make more informed and proactive health decisions. The campaign will also build brand awareness for 23andMe. The campaign...

2013-07-26 12:10:38

Duke researchers have devised a way to quickly and easily target and tinker with any gene in the human genome. The new tool, which builds on an RNA-guided enzyme they borrowed from bacteria, is being made freely available to researchers who may now apply it to the next round of genome discovery. The new method also has obvious utility for gene therapy and for efforts to reprogram stem or adult cells into other cell types – for example, to make new neurons from skin cells....

2013-07-18 16:25:39

Parties agree to dismiss all claims and counterclaims in two lawsuits brought by Illumina. No payments or license grants are being made by either party. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Complete Genomics, Inc. (formerly NASDAQ: GNOM) ("Complete"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of BGI-Shenzhen ("BGI"), a leading international genomics organization based in Shenzhen, China, today announced that it has entered into a settlement agreement with Illumina, Inc. under which...

Dark Matter In The Biological Realm
2013-07-17 04:31:08

John P. Millis, Ph.D. for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A hot topic in astronomy is the search for dark matter - mass that seems to dominate the Universe, yet eludes our detection. Similarly, the field of biology encounters its own "dark matter" problem. Microbial dark matter, as it's called, draws its parallels from its cosmological cousin in that it is all around us, dominating this Earthly domain. Yet, it is incredibly difficult to characterize. "Microbes are the most abundant...

2013-07-16 16:22:14

Ocean Genome Legacy, New England Biolabs to move rare ocean genome repository to Boston BOSTON, July 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ocean Genome Legacy (OGL), New England Biolabs, Inc., and Northeastern University have reached an agreement that will bring a collection of DNA and tissue from the world's most rare, strange, and remarkable ocean creatures to the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090921/NE79207LOGO-b ) OCEAN GENOME...

Light Shed On British Columbia's Unseen Biodiversity With Global Survey Of Microbial 'Dark Matter'
2013-07-16 09:12:00

University of British Columbia A landmark single-cell genomic study of microorgansims from sites across the globe is highlighting British Columbia's role as an 'oasis' of biodiversity. The findings, to be published Sunday in Nature, could also prompt scientists to redefine how the tree of life represents relationships among and between life's three domains. "British Columbia has long been recognized for its biological diversity in flora and fauna," says University of British Columbia...


Latest Genome Reference Libraries

Northern Greater Galago, Otolemur garnettii
2012-05-29 12:39:27

The northern greater galago (Otolemur garnettii), also called Garnett's greater galago, is native to Africa. This species is important to genetic research because of the low genomic sequence, completed in 2006, that makes it possible to bridge the genome sequence of higher primates like chimps, and non-primate species like rodents. However, the small 2x genome is not large enough to be a complete genome. The northern greater galago has been given a conservation status of “Least Concern”...

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2011-01-11 09:41:24

Coccolithovirus, a giant double-stranded DNA virus, infects Emiliania huxleyi, a species of coccolithophore. The virus was first observed in 1999 by W.H. Wilson and his team at the Marine Biological Association. It was sequenced for the EhV-86 strain during the summer of 2005, and was found to be a "giant-virus" having 472 protein-coding genes. It is the largest known marine virus by genome.

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