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Watson Steps into Cancer Researcher’s Shoes

IBM’s Watson, the cognitive intelligence computer cum Jeopardy champion is treading into cancer research by managing to do in a day what takes 35 years for an average researcher to do. There is a flood of new research published each day from institutions and organizations around the world. Hoping to make sense of this data is […]

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Determining Atomic-Resolution Structures Using Electron Cryo-Microscopy

Electron cryo-microscopes have received a much needed update with new detector hardware and image processing software to determine complex molecular structures at resolutions as low as 4.5 Å. Researchers at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology and Tsinghua University have been able to improve electron cryo microscopes by outfitting detectors with a constant movie recorder and […]

Graphne transistor nanopores

MoS2 Paves Way for Improvements in Nanopore DNA Sequencing

Molybdenum disulfide has outclassed graphene as the material of choice for nanopore based DNA sequencing, with improved speed, cost and accuracy. Researchers at Univeristy of Illinois in Champaign are reporting on a breakthrough in DNA sequencing using molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) nanopores. The researchers were able to sequence DNA more accurately, inexpensively and quickly than any other method […]

silicon well DNA sequencing

Micro DNA Detection Using Terahertz Radiation

Russian scientists are reporting on a new label-free way to identify hard to read short strands of DNA by analyzing vibrations using tetrahertz radiation. While advances in nanopore technology have improved the speed and accuracy of entire DNA sequencing, biologists still face problems in characterizing short oligonucleotide strands. Researchers at St. Petersburg Academic University are reporting […]

Next Generation Sequencing

GENALICE MAP Processes Entire Genome in 30 mins

GENALICE announced an upgrade to its Next-Generation Sequencing software the GENALICE MAP, capable of processing the entire human genome in 30 mins. The GENALICE MAP DNA data processing software along with short read alignment also features 5-min Variant Calling. MAP comes installed in the company’s GENALICE VAULT, a hardware-software tool which uses a dual Intel […]

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Damage-Free X-Ray Protein Crystal Studies

Researchers in Japan are reporting on a new damage-free technique of x-ray crystallographic studies, wherein instead of continuous bombardment with x-rays, the researchers record still diffraction patters at controlled rotation sequences with femtosecond pulses avoiding permanent radiation damage to the molecule. X-ray studies require scattering of bean by the atoms of the crystals to identify their […]

Internet of Things DNA

HP’s Tech Could Give Genome Analysis the Leap It Desperately Needs

HP unveils The Machine, a processing architecture capable of processing 160 petabytes of data in 250 nanoseconds, along with it igniting hopes of many genetcist’s to be one day able to analyze whole genomes at the click of a button. Still in its concept stage and unimaginatively called The Machine, it is designed to cope […]

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Shimadzu Presents the Best Triple Quadrupole GCMS So Far

Shimadzu introduced last week the GCMS-TQ8040: the most accurate, cost-effective and easy to use triple quadrupole GCMS ever. The new device improves throughput and operability aspect of its predecessor, GCMS-TQ8030 while conserving the ppt (1 trillionth) level sensitivity. This equipment, designed primarily for the clinical, food safety and environmental applications features a pesticide database with […]

Biofire Filmarray

BioFire’s GI Diagnosis Panel Detects 23 Target Pathogens

BioFire, the molecular biology affiliate of bioMerieux has launched the new FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel which recently received FDA clearance. FilmArray Gastrointestinal (GI) Panel is essentially the most comprehensive GI test in the market for diagnosing infectious diarrhea. Unlike current diagnostic practices that requires laborious laboratory tests following physical and faecal examination, the FilmArray GI Panel […]

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Stem Cells from Fingertips, A New Technique

Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore developed the finger-prick human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) technique in which a single drop of finger-pricked blood is sufficient for reprogramming into hiPSCs. This technique is the first of its kind and has been filed for patent. Current methods applied to generate hiPSCs […]

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