Mar 05 | Forbes | The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
is investing $52 million in CureVac, a German company involved in
making vaccines. It is the largest ever investment by the
foundation in a company, reflecting a new strategy of not just
giving grants but supporting and having a stake in businesses.
Mar 05 | New York Times | Carl Zimmer visits a pair of genetics labs as he digs into the ongoing arguments over whether our genome's vast tracts of noncoding DNA are mostly "junk."
Mar 03 | Bio-IT World | Pacific Biosciences, the gold sponsor of this year's Advances in Genome Biology & Technology conference in Florida, hosted a workshop at the event that showed off the growing pipeline of tools for de novo diploid assembly, and ways in which routine use of this information could improve the practice of genomics.
Mar 03 | Bio-IT World | News and product releases from around the industry, including guidance from the Association for Molecular Pathology on direct-to-consumer genetic testing, and the winner of the Swimming with the Sharks Competition at the Molecular Medicine Tri Conference.
Feb 27 | Bio-IT World | The 22nd annual Molecular Medicine Tri Conference in San Francisco is one of the year’s largest industry events for understanding human health on the level of genes, proteins, and cells, and this year’s conference tracked the latest trends in personalizing therapies and research programs with sharp attention to individuals’ unique molecular profiles.
Feb 26 | Bio-IT World | GCAT, the Genome Comparison & Analytic Testing platform for benchmarking the performance of basic informatics tools, now has a formal home in the scientific literature with the publication of a paper in Nature Communications.
Feb 25 | Bio-IT World | On the first day of the annual Advances in Genome Biology & Technology conference in Marco Island, Florida, 10X Genomics has unveiled its GemCode Platform for recovering long-range information from genomes sequenced on Illumina short-read instruments.
Feb 24 | Bio-IT World | This morning, diagnostics and laboratory supply company QIAGEN announced the creation of the Allele Frequency Community, a network of academic centers and commercial groups who will share data on the genetic variants they’ve uncovered during human sequencing studies.
Feb 23 | Bio-IT World | Foundation Medicine and H3 Biomedicine announced a multi-year collaboration today for the discovery and development of precision medicines in oncology. The collaboration marries Foundation Medicine’s comprehensive genomic knowledgebase of more than 35,000 genomic profiles, FoundationCORE, with H3 Biomedicine’s drug discovery engine and computational biology platform.
Feb 23 | Bio-IT World News Brief | This morning, DNA sequencing company Illumina released a new product, NeoPrep, to work alongside its line of next-generation sequencers.
Feb 23 | MIT Technology Review | 2015's Breakthrough
Technologies: A global network of millions of genomes could be
medicine's next great advance. Availability: 1-2 years
Feb 22 | MIT Technology Review | Among Tech Review's top
breakthroughs of 2015: liquid biopsy. Fast DNA-sequencing machines
are leading to simple blood tests for cancer. Availability: now
Feb 20 | Bio-IT World | The FDA has authorized 23andMe to offer its Bloom syndrome carrier status report to customers, CEO Anne Wojcicki said in an email to customers last night, but the company will not be making the reports available.
Feb 20 | Bio-IT World | Contributed Commentary | The rapid incorporation of touch devices, such as smart phones and tablets, into our personal and business lives increases pressure on software providers to deliver technology via mobile apps. Many tool providers are working to develop mobile versions of existing product that are designed specifically for touch devices.
Feb 19 | Bio-IT World | The Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference is being held in San Francisco this week, and several updates and new products have emerged already. For live coverage of the event, follow @BioITWorld and the hashtag #TriCon on Twitter.
Feb 18 | Bio-IT World | Life is too short to wait for GATK to finish. A new company, ClusterK, is releasing its genomics pipeline to illustrate how complex workflows like the Broad Institute’s GATK can be run efficiently—and much faster—on the cloud thanks to grid scheduling and clever use of Amazon's spot markets.
Feb 18 | Yahoo Finance | Researchers unveiled the map of
the "epigenome" in the journal Nature on Wednesday, alongside
nearly two dozen related papers. The human genome is the blueprint
for building an individual person. The epigenome can be thought of
as the cross-outs and underlinings of that blueprint: if someone's
genome contains DNA associated with cancer but that DNA is "crossed
out" by molecules in the epigenome, for instance, the DNA is
unlikely to lead to cancer. As sequencing individuals' genomes to
infer the risk of disease becomes more common, it will become all
the more important to figure out how the epigenome is influencing
that risk as well as other aspects of health.
Feb 17 | Bio-IT World | BIOVIA, the life sciences-oriented subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes formerly known as Accelrys, today introduced a new informatics platform for companies developing biologic drugs, in an announcement at the Molecular Medicine Tri Conference in San Francisco.
Feb 16 | Bio-IT World | BioNano’s Irys platform doesn’t sequence DNA. Instead, it’s
all about assembly: sorting out exactly where different parts of the genome fit
into chromosomes. The company says Irys is the only commercially available
system that can handle structural variations in large, complex genomes.
Feb 16 | Bio-IT World News Brief | Maverix Biomics signed a strategic agreement with Elsevier this morning at CHI’s Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference in San Francisco. The Maverix Analytic Platform will complement Elsevier’s Pathway Studio sample-to-insight workflow and incorporate biological data from Elsevier’s biology journals by providing easy, push-button data analysis.