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Children’s Hospitals Incorporating Genomic Testing

Panelists offer details on research programs using genetic information to diagnose and treat tragic childhood diseases. By Steve Sternberg | Senior Writer Nov. 4, 2016, at 2:47 p.m. Read the full article here  

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Mini DNA sequencer tests true

By Mary Todd Bergman:
Public access to Oxford Nanopore’s MinION™ USB-attached miniature sensing device enabled an international consortium to evaluate the technology and provide a standard protocol for its use; Preliminary analysis of data generated in five very different laboratories indicates the performance and accuracy of the device is consistently good; Data are freely available for re-analysis and innovation in the Nanopore analysis channel on F1000Research.

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Fighting Ebola With a Palm-Sized DNA Sequencer

When Lauren Cowley arrived in Guinea in June 2015, the country was still trying to contain the record-breaking Ebola epidemic that had begun in early 2014. With several new cases cropping up every week, epidemiologists had to work frantically to track the skeins of the …

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Beacon Project Cracks the Door for Genomic Data Sharing

By Aaron Krol The Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, or GA4GH, has attracted over 350 member organizations since it was formed just over two years ago. Members range from small hospitals and laboratories to major genomic centers like the Broad Institute in the U.S., …

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UC Santa Cruz researchers use big data to fight cancer

SANTA CRUZ >> Until recently, if a California child with cancer failed to respond to standard therapies, doctors frequently had difficulty determining an effective next step. Now they can match cancer therapies to individual children based on the genetic characteristics of their tumors thanks to …