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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 …

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W.M. Keck Foundation: David Haussler, Benedict Paten

Since the sequencing of the human genome was announced in 2000, much has been learned about the remarkable level of genomic variations in diverse human populations. However there is no framework to reliably compare these variations to understand their role in health and disease. This …

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DNA sequencer the size of a mobile phone

By Branwyn Wagman, UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Investigators at the UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute have optimized performance of a mobile-phone-sized MinIONTM DNA sequencer, marketed by Oxford Nanopore. Their work was reported in Nature Methods on February 16, 2015. The MinION device reads individual …

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2015: Year of the Genome Map? Maybe so, Says Simons.

It’s no secret that genetics is hot right now, especially in the brain realm. The biggest story of 2014 was Ted Stanley’s stunning $650 million gift to mental health research at the Broad Institute, a research center that grew out of the Human Genome Project. …