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“Oxford Nanopore has excited the world with the promise of a technology that can be truly disruptive,” says David Buck of Oxford University.

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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"Microsoft's resources can have a big impact in genomics. They have the expertise in cloud computing, and we have the genomics expertise, so this partnership has great potential," UCSC Genomics Scientific Director David Haussler said in a statement.

Microsoft lands cloud genomics infrastructure deal with UC Santa Cruz

By Nick Paul Taylor Microsoft ($MSFT) has captured a little corner of the market for cloud genomics infrastructure. The deal sees the IT giant make its Azure cloud computing platform available to UC Santa Cruz Genomics, which plans to use the system to support its …

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"They recognize that genomics is one of the key growth areas for them," he said. "Because [UCSC] has big data, it makes sense for them to want to partner with us in doing these kinds of problems... and to get genomic workflows ported to their systems."

UC Santa Cruz Taps Microsoft’s Azure to Handle Large-Scale Genomics Analysis Projects

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The Genomics Institute at the University of California, Santa Cruz is collaborating with Microsoft’s research division to use Azure, the company’s cloud computing infrastructure, to analyze data from a number of ongoing genomics projects aimed at effectively diagnosing and treating cancer …

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The MinION, a pocket-sized, USB-powered sequencing machine, lets scientists track the spread of deadly diseases in real-time.

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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To use a beacon, you visit the relevant web server and enter the genetic variant you’re looking for, identifying it by a specific DNA letter at a specific position in the genome. The response is a simple yes or no, telling you whether that variant exists in the database you’re searching.

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., …

The California Kids Cancer Comparison builds on the UC Santa Cruz Treehouse Childhood Cancer Project, which enables combined analysis of adult and pediatric cancer genomic data sets.

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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It is expected that a new, comprehensive map will "replace the current assortment of isolated, incompatible databases of human genetic variation with a single, fundamental representation formalized as a very large mathematical graph," the institute stated.

UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute Awarded $2M Grant to Complete Human Genetic Variation Map

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – The University of California Santa Cruz’s Genomics Institute announced today that it has received a two-year, $2 million grant from the WM Keck Foundation to support its ongoing efforts to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation. Earlier this year, …

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The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute has received a $2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for ongoing research to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation.

UC Santa Cruz awarded $2 million for human genome variation map

SANTA CRUZ >> The UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute has received a $2 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for ongoing research to develop a comprehensive map of human genetic variation. The Human Genome Variation Map will be a valuable new resource for medical …

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The HGVM data model will integrate into the standard application programming interface (API) for representing genomic variation being developed by the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health, placing it at the center of a burgeoning set of standards for sharing genomic data.

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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Haussler, who led the first team to map the human genome, is a brilliant example of "radical collaboration," said event co-organizer Suz Howells, UC Santa Cruz campaign operations associate.

TEDxSantaCruz, part of Alumni Weekend, to explore “Radical Collaboration”

By Dan White, UCSC Newscenter Expect a day of unexpected convergences, wild ideas, and surprising discoveries at TEDxSantaCruz 2015: Radical Collaboration, a time to explore interdisciplinary learning and across-the-lanes thinking. The all-day event, which starts at 9 a.m. on April 24 at the Rio Theatre, …