Life science & clinical diagnostics instruments > Genomics

Down syndrome gene points to the cause of diabetes

24 May, 2016

The genetics of individuals with Down syndrome have provided researchers with a method to identify a single gene that may be responsible for defective insulin secretion in type 2 diabetes.


Why do all animal embryos look the same?

03 March, 2016

An international team of biologists has shed light on why all vertebrate animals look alike during the phylotypic stage of embryo development.


Hard to get up in the morning — blame your genes

05 February, 2016

The personal genetics company 23andMe has released the results of one of the largest genome-wide association studies of its kind, identifying genetic variants associated with being a morning person.


Gene editing saves Layla from leukaemia

22 January, 2016 by Lauren Davis

In an impressive demonstration of the power of gene editing, designer immune cells have been successfully used to treat an infant cancer patient.


An advance in Alzheimer's research

11 December, 2015 by Graeme O'Neill

Researchers have identified a network of genes whose interactions influence the age at which carriers of the pathogenic E280A gene mutation will develop Alzheimer's disease.


IDT xGen Exome Research Panel v1.0

11 November, 2015

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) introduces its xGen Exome Research Panel v1.0 for insightful analysis of the human exome via next-generation sequencing. By using the research panel with xGen Lockdown Reagents and the optimised protocol, scientists can obtain reproducible exome data in a single day, minimising the need for added downstream analysis.


QIAGEN Clinical Insight bioinformatics platform expanded

06 November, 2015

The QIAGEN Clinical Insight (QCI) clinical decision support solution streamlines the annotation, interpretation and reporting of next-generation sequencing results (NGS) for clinical laboratories. The bioinformatics platform has been expanded from interpreting NGS data on somatic mutations in solid tumour cancers to add leukaemia and lymphoma testing, as well as testing for hereditary cancer indications.


QIAGEN GeneReader NGS System

05 November, 2015

QIAGEN has announced the start of commercialisation activities for its GeneReader NGS System, a Sample to Insight next-generation sequencing (NGS) solution that enables laboratories to deliver actionable results. The system offers an end-to-end NGS workflow from primary sample to a final report that provides a simple way for clinical testing to take advantage of NGS technology and improve outcomes.


How to breed a better working dog

04 November, 2015

University of Sydney researchers have identified and mapped the genetic traits that will improve the accuracy of breeding high-performing working dogs for Australian farmers.


IDT Alt-R CRISPR-Cas9 System

29 October, 2015

IDT introduces the Alt-R CRISPR-Cas9 System, based on the naturally occurring S. pyogenes CRISPR RNA system. The product is said to improve genome editing potency due to research-optimised crRNAs (CRISPR RNA) and tracrRNAs (trans-activating crRNA).


Bad karma is causing million-dollar oil palm crop failures

15 September, 2015

It seems that bad karma is the cause of massive oil palm crop failures.


Comparative genomics: a must for winemaking

17 August, 2015 by Graeme O’Neill

"With the growing accessibility and affordability of genome sequencing, we are witnessing the birth of a new era in industrial microorganism strain development; comparative genomics in industrial strains is providing a richer and deeper understanding of the genetic composition and variation of these crucial microbes." Find out more at the Australasian Genomic Technologies Association annual conference in the Hunter Valley from 11-14 October.


Merck Millipore PureGenome Low Input NGS Library Construction Kit

23 June, 2015

The PureGenome Low Input NGS Library Construction Kit streamlines the process of generating indexed or barcoded libraries for Illumina HiSeq sequencing from low amounts of input DNA (from 50 pg to 1 ng).


QIAGEN Clinical Insight bioinformatics platform

27 May, 2015

QIAGEN has announced the launch of the QIAGEN Clinical Insight (QCI) bioinformatics content and software platform for clinical testing labs to interpret and report on genomic variants identified in next-generation sequencing (NGS).


Faster identification of resistant tuberculosis

15 May, 2015

A team led by University College London (UCL) has reduced the time needed to genetically sequence the bacteria causing tuberculosis (Mycobacterium tuberculosis, M. tb) from patient samples from weeks to days.


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