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Pacific Biosciences Launches the Most Accurate Sequencer for Long Reads

Pacific Biosciences has launched a new sequencer, the Sequel System, with improved throughput and scalability and lower costs and footprint respect to its predecessor, the PacBio® RS II System. The new device is based on the company´s proprietary Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT®) Technology. The Sequel System conserves the attributes of the PacBio® RS II: long reads, consensus accuracy and homogeneous […]


DNA Nanomachines to Detect Any Antibody

A team of researchers from the Universities of Rome and Montreal have developed a DNA nanomachine customizable to detect any antibody. The nanodevice will allow cheap detection of antibodies at point-of-care settings and thus ease diagnosis of infectious or auto-immune diseases. The study was published in the journal Angewandte Communications. Biomarkers are proteins that, when […]


CRISPR/Cas9 Eliminates Viral Transmission Risk in Xenotransplants

Researchers from  Harvard Medical School in Boston have successfully deactivated 62 viruses in embryo pigs. The achievement was possible thanks to the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing technology. The study, presented at the National Academy of Sciences meeting in Washington D.C, paves the way to the use of pigs as organ donors without the risk of contracting their viruses. Shortage […]

MinION Oxford Nanopore

MinION Sequences Thousands of Isoforms of the Most Complex Gene Known

Scientists from University of Connecticut have partnered with Oxford Nanopore Technologies to sequence all possible isoforms of the most complex gene known, Down Syndrome cell adhesion molecule 1 (Dscam1), and three other genes, all from Drosophila. The researchers used the MinION nanopore sequencer to obtain 7,899 full-length isoforms. The study has been published in the journal Genome Biology. Currently, transcripts […]

Nanopore proteins

Nanopores Found Useful in Detecting Single Molecule Movements

Nanopore’s are proving to be useful for more than just DNA sequencing. The pico sized wonder’s have shown that they can even identify single molecular reactions, such as those between proteins with much better resolution that any other technology has made possible until today. Unlike the Swiss researchers who used viscous solution to slow down […]


God Mode Enabled: Early Artificial Cells Able to Replicate

Japanese scientists are reporting success in creating cells that are capable of replicating and maybe evolving equivalent to early cells. In a paper published in Nature today, scientists from the University of Tokyo lead by Kensuke Kurihara are reporting self replicating lipid structures or synthetic “protocells” that resemble early precursors of life. Study of early […]


Insulator Defects Observable by Scanning Tunneling Microscopy

Researchers from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have characterized individual defects in an insulator using scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). The researchers covered the bulk insulator with a graphene layer that transmitted the current -necessary for STM observation- to the insulator surface. The findings have been published in the journal Nature […]

CPF1 mediated gene editing in humans

CRISPR/CPF1: New Simpler CRISPR Protein May Cut Patent Fights Short

New CRISPR discovered by original CRISPR/Cas9 discovery team promises simpler and more flexible gene editing with fewer legal tangles. Broad Institute Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the same one’s originally involved in the Cas9 discovery, combed through hundreds of bacterial CRISPR systems in the hopes of finding another natural gene editing system. They found […]



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