A new method, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, allows researchers to screen thousands of genes in hundreds of tissue at one time. The technique should allow cancer researchers to establish rapidly which mutations are drivers and which are passengers.
A completed draft assembly of the soybean (Glycine max) genetic code has been released by the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, making it widely available to the research community.
Boca Raton, FL and Redwood Shores, CA (OBBeC) - MDVIP, a national network of physicians dedicated to preventive and personalized healthcare, and Navigenics, a personal genomics testing company, has announced a collaborative agreement to integrate genomic-based preventive healthcare in physician offices.
Antwerp, Belgium (OBBeC) - VIB researchers connected to the University of Antwerp have developed a new method that enables them to track down the cause of hereditary diseases more quickly and efficiently. By means of this technique, genetic tests that take a long time today − such as screening for hereditary forms of breast cancer − can be carried out much more rapidly. This finding creates new perspectives for tests that are currently expensive and difficult to perform.
Omaha, NE (OBBeC) - Transgenomic has announced that the Clayton Foundation for Research of Houston, Texas through its technology transfer entity, the Research Development Foundation, has granted the Company an exclusive license to patents covering a method for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage detection. The patents form the basis for the development of diagnostic tests in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, degenerative diseases of ageing, cancer, and other diseases, by measuring increased oxidative damage within mitochondria.
London, UK and Cambridge, MA (OBBeC) - InforSense, a provider of next generation business and scientific intelligence tools, has announced that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health at the South London and Maudsley National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust (SLaM) and Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London will use the company's translational research solutions in Alzheimer’s disease studies to advance the development of early diagnostic tools and develop personalized medicine treatments within mental health research.
Santa Clara, CA (OBBeC) - Affymetrix has announced the completion of its acquisition of Panomics, a privately held, Fremont, Calif.-based company which offers a suite of assay products for a wide variety of low- to mid-plex genetic, protein, and cellular analysis applications.
South San Francisco (OBBeC) - Fluidigm has announced that it has secured co-exclusive licenses to Stanford University inventions that detect foetal genetic characteristics in maternal plasma, including the use of a combination of digital PCR and high-throughput sequencing.
Basel, Switzerland (OBBeC) - Genedata, a provider of in-silico solutions for pharmaceutical R&D and related life sciences, today announced a wide-ranging collaboration on analysis of mass spectrometry data with researchers at the Comprehensive Cancer Center Proteomics Facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Tucson, AZ (OBBeC) - HTG, a provider of the quantitative Nuclease Protection Assay (qNPA) system and service partner for the life sciences industry, has announced a collaboration agreement with researchers at Harvard Catalyst Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technologies (HC-LITT) at Harvard Medical School.
New York (OBBeC) - Hereditary information flows from parents to offspring not just through DNA but also through the millions of proteins and other molecules that cling to it. These modifications of DNA, known as "epigenetic marks," act both as a switch and a dial – they can determine which genes should be turned on or off, and how much message an "on" gene should produce.
St. Louis (OBBeC) - Sigma-Aldrich has announced that it has entered into a research collaboration program with D-Finitive Cell Technologies. This collaboration is expected to support the development and commercial offering of 14 products over a two-year span, with a planned launch of many of these products in 2009.
Santa Clara, CA (OBBeC) - Agilent Technologies has announced the Information Technology Services Marketing Association (ITSMA) has awarded the Diamond Award in Leveraging Digital Marketing to Agilent for the creation of www.metabolomics-lab.com.
According to a report from Penn State University, scientists at the institute have uncovered some of the processes that regulate genes, such as those that ensure that proteins are produced at the correct time, place, and amount in an organism.
Blacksburg, VA (OBBeC) – An international consortium of researchers has begun an effort to sequence the genome of the domesticated turkey, Meleagris gallopavo. The genome sequence will be obtained using the Roche GS-FLX sequencing platform and the recently launched Roche GS FLX Titanium PicoTiterPlate device and reagents.
Burlingame, CA (OBBeC) - Collaborative Drug Discovery (CDD), a provider of web-based software that organizes preclinical research data to help scientists advance new drug candidates more effectively, has announced that it has received a grant for $1,896,923 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop a collaborative database that will enable scientists to archive, mine, and selectively collaborate around their research data to discover new cures for tuberculosis (TB).
Scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Developmental Biology unravel how the very first eyes in evolution might have worked and how they guide the swimming of marine zooplankton towards light.