Tag: Genetics

Nanome Looking for VR Folks to Help Complete Human Biome Map

Molecular scientists these days have tools at their disposal that allow  to do quite incredible things. To use these tools to create new drugs and therapies, they need new ways to visualize and manipulate molecules using computers. Proteins are important subjects of study, as an understanding of their structure and how they fold and work [&hel (Read more...)

Tackling Alzheimer’s Biomarkers Using Machine Learning: Interview with IQuity CEO, Dr. Chase Spurlock

Losing one’s memories, and therefore one’s identity, must be a terrifying experience. With a global estimate of almost 50 million people living with dementia, predicted to rise to more than 130 million by 2050, the burden of Alzheimer’s and dementia are indisputable. While there are still no approved drugs for the treatment of Alz (Read more...)

Point-of-Care BRCA1 Mutation Testing in 20 Minutes

BReast CAncer gene one (BRCA1) is one of the best-known genes linked to breast cancer risk. Unfortunately, the technology to spot the gene requires a lab and expertise at interpretation. Researchers at Louisiana State University have now developed a smartphone-based system called FLuoroZen that can test for the cancer-related BRCA1 mutation at the (Read more...)

23andMe’s Pharmacogenetic Test Approved by FDA

The FDA has just approved 23andMe’s Personal Genomic Service (PGS) Pharmacogenetic Reports. This marks the first direct-to-consumer test for pharmacogenetics of enzyme variants that may affect the way patients break down medications. Consumers collect their saliva into 23andMe’s testing kit, mail it to the company’s labs, and then (Read more...)

Microchip for Growing and Studying 3D Brain Mimics

Over the past few years, neuroscientists have been able to grow ever larger and more complex spheroid cultures and organoids that replicate the structure and functionality of brain tissue. While these models are significantly better at mimicking parts of the brain compared to 2D cultures, they are much more challenging to study because it’s h (Read more...)

New Efficient Method for Sequencing Epigenetic Modifications

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine have developed a new method for sequencing chemical groups attached to the surface of DNA. These chemical groups are modifications of the DNA bases that convey important information relating to the patterns of gene expression. These modifications have been studied for the past (Read more...)

New Fiber Optic Sensor for In Vivo Photoacoustic Imaging

Researchers at Jinan University in China have tinkered with the design of optical fibers to create a novel new type of sensor for photoacoustic imaging. Because the technology uses flexible fibers, it may have applications for implantable, wearable, and diagnostic medical devices. Photoacoustics involves using laser light to create ultrasound waves (Read more...)

Microfluidic Device Corrals Viable Sperm for IVF

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a microfluidic device to rapidly isolate the strongest and fastest sperm from a sperm sample. The technique should help technicians during the IVF process, as the current method of isolating the most viable sperm is painstaking and can take hours for the manual effort to pay off. During IVF, [&hellip (Read more...)