Oregon State University gets $1 million to study hemp
CORVALIS, Ore. (AP) — The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be...
Cancer diagnostic firms to join in $2.8 billion deal
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Cancer diagnostic companies Exact Sciences and Genomic Health are combining in a $2.8 billion a cash-and-stock deal.
Health system offers free DNA tests for 10,000 Floridians
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An operator of hospitals and clinics began offering free DNA testing on Wednesday to 10,000 Floridians in a partnership with a private genomics company. Some biomedical...
NASA twins study explores space, the final genetic frontier
WASHINGTON (AP) — From his eyes to his immune system, astronaut Scott Kelly's body sometimes reacted strangely to nearly a year in orbit, at least compared to his Earth-bound identical twin — but...
WSU researchers working to combat celiac disease
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — A team of Washington State University researchers is hoping to take a bite out of the gluten-free market by creating a variety of wheat with disease-fighting enymzes baked...
NSF invests in major genetic project at Maine ocean lab
EAST BOOTHBAY, Maine (AP) — The National Science Foundation is providing $6 million to a Maine ocean science lab to help develop new genetic research technologies.
The money is going to Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, which says the new effort will launch next week with a goal of unlocking the genomic data of microscopic organisms that play a role in the world's climate.
New effort will analyze genes of endangered Northwest orcas
SEATTLE (AP) — A new scientific effort will sequence the genomes of critically endangered Pacific Northwest orcas to better understand their genetics and potentially find ways to save them from extinction.
The collaboration announced Thursday involves scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the nonprofit Nature Conservancy and BGI, a global genomics company.
UNC researchers part of global effort to unlock mystery of cancer, develop better treatments
Faster DNA and RNA sequencing technology is helping to unlock the mysteries of different cancers and develop more effective and less difficult treatment options.
University of North Carolina researchers are playing a major role in the global effort called "The Cancer Genome Atlas,” which could lead to more targeted cancer treatments.
For over a decade, researchers on the project have been combing through a massive cancer puzzle.
LONDON (AP) — John Sulston, a Nobel Prize-winning British scientist who helped decode the human genome, has died. He was 75.
The Wellcome Sanger Institute, the successor to the cutting-edge genomic research center he once founded and directed, confirmed Friday that Sulston had died but did not say when or give the cause of death.
Minnesota researchers help unlock ‘gut science’ cures
The Twin Cities is emerging as a major player in what could become a multibillion dollar industry: Gut science.
Minnesotas rich expertise in fields as different as soil science, genomics and experimental medicine has enabled researchers here to become pioneers in a new field of medicine that aims to harness the healing power of the microbes that live in everyones belly.
California group sets Guinness world record
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pediatric genetics nonprofit in California proved it could sequence a whole genome in a world-record time of 19.5 hours.
WSCC Humankind series explores GMOs, genetic engineering
VICTORY TWP. — West Shore Community College’s Humankind Series continues at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15, in the Center Stage Theater with an expert panel who will share their various perspectives on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and their impact on life in developing nations versus our own.
UK announces pharma investment, aims to boost productivity
LONDON (AP) — Two major drugs companies will set up new research facilities in Britain that will bring 1,750 jobs, the government said Monday as it unveiled plans to boost the country's sagging productivity after Brexit.
U.S. drug-maker Merck, known internationally as MSD, will open a research hub in London, creating 950 jobs, the government said. The company said it was aiming for a 2020 opening date for the site, which will be home to 150 research scientists and 800 other staff.
New medical research firms proof of Connecticut’s chemistry
STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some of the country's most promising biotech firms think Connecticut has the right economic DNA to support their businesses.
Stamford mayor welcomes “exciting” biotech firm to city
Sema4, a genomic testing company spun off earlier this year from the Mount Sinai Health System in Manhattan, announced Wednesday its arrival in Stamford with a press conference featuring Mayor David Martin. Last month, the company opened its headquarters in 28,000 square feet in the office complex at 333 Ludlow St., where it employs about 75.
Technology startup to collaborate with Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is joining forces with a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based technology startup to "cross-pollinate" patient's medical records with "actionable" genomic information.
The company called 2bPrecise is collaborating to incorporate Mayo Clinic protocols in its cloud-based platform to merge genomic information with electronic medical records. It's also licensing technology from Mayo Clinic.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (AP) — The University of Connecticut is hosting a national conference to explore the ethics of genomic research.
The three-day conference will open on Monday at the UConn Health and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington.
As science makes advances in mapping the genome, questions have arisen about what access people should have to information that could tell them such things as if someone is susceptible to a disease.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut State College and Universities system has formalized a partnership with The Jackson Laboratory to train and prepare students for careers in bioscience and biotechnology.
The two entities are forming the Genomics Workforce Institute, which will promote professional development, curriculum development and faculty collaboration while providing hands-on training and direct access to potential employers for students.
Can the study of epigenomics lead to personalized cancer treatment?
Fabian V. Filipp, University of California, Merced
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the country, is partnering with the flagship hospital of the Miami Children's Health System to sequence the genes of nearly 1,000 Latinos and Hispanics in order to better understand the health needs of the populations.
Yale: Analysis of brain tumor prolongs woman’s life
An analysis of a patient’s deadly brain tumor helped doctors at Yale New Haven’s Smilow Cancer Hospital identify new emerging mutations and keep a 55-year old woman alive for roughly four times longer than her prognosis predicted, researchers report in the journal Genome Medicine.
Biosciences company TGen joins City of Hope
PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix biosciences company Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen, has become a unit of California-based City of Hope.
The Arizona Republic reports (http://bit.ly/2gVSVRR ) that TGen will maintain its lab and headquarters at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus but is now a subsidiary of the California health care provider.
Neither company revealed financial terms of the deal.
Nebraska Cattlemen host 2016 annual convention, trade show
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) — This year's Nebraska Cattlemen Convention and Trade Show will be held in Kearney at the Younes Convention Center.
The group has announced the speaker and session lineup for the convention, being held Dec. 6-9.
10,000 genomes deeply examined in Venter-led study
In what appears to be the single most in-depth look at human DNA to date, the complete genetic sequences of more than 10,000 people have been deeply examined in a study led by genomics pioneer Craig Venter.
Available in preliminary form, the study presents a finely-grained map of the differences in individual genomes and weak spots where mutations are especially likely to cause disease.
The study of 10,545 genomes also indicates that there’s much further to go in...
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