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MinION Oxford Nanopore

MinION Data from Human Gene Sequencing Released

University of Toronto scientists have released data on the first reported use of Oxford Nanopore’s MinION to sequence human DNA. With a low throughput sequencing rate, the device is not recommended for sequencing high complexity genes. Its best suited and recommended for low complexity bacterial, viral and simple eukaryote gene sequencing. However, the researchers believe […]

Nanoscale 3D printing

New High Precision 3D Printer Line Launched at CES

A startup known as Old World Labs is presenting its new line of nanoscale 3D printers at the annual 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Not sure why CES was chosen to launch something that is meant for labratories, the 3D printer is aimed for scientific research that requires nano-scale precision. The new line […]

petri dish

Paper Demystifies “the Great Plate Count Anomaly”

Researchers have found out one of the main reasons behind irregularities in gel based bacterial cultures.  Formation of Hydrogen Peroxide in the culture medium as the result of auto-claving turned out to be the culprit. For a very long time researchers have scratched their heads over their inability to culture microorganisms that they can easily […]


Profoundly Improved WriteLaTeX Rebrands as Overleaf

WriteLaTeX is rebranding itself to WriteLatex to Overleaf, thereby indicating the completion of its transition from an online Latex document editing system to a whole new way of writing, editing, sharing and reviewing not just scientific papers but also books, resumes, formal letters, posters, presentations and even homework assignments. What started as a way to collaborate over […]

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Nature Opens Doors: All Papers Now Freely Available, Well Almost!

Update: In a very obvious and necessary move, the 144 year old Nature Publishing Group has made all its 48 journal’s open access  free to access. Through ReadCube, users will be able to read, share and annotate articles freely. Although ReadCube’s proprietary software does not allow downloading, printing or making copies of the papers. ReadCube is similar to […]

Rapid Genome analysis

Google Enters Genome Storage with Google Genomics

Google has launched the low cost genome storage service Google Genomics. The company can now store and compare thousands –and soon millions- of genomes in their servers. Google Genomics is expected to prompt new discoveries and better diagnostics by comparing an unprecedented number of genomes using the company’s technology. Amazon, IBM and Microsoft will soon be […]


World’s First Automated System for Thawing BioSpecimens

BioCision is launching the world’s first automated sample thawing system, aimed to help efficiently thaw frozen samples automatically. Anyone who has worked in a laboratory has to deal with thawing samples, knows that patience is the key. Some of the old techniques of thawing under threat are dipping in warm water bath, rolling in hands or holding […]

MultiSEM 505

World’s Fastest SEM Announced by ZEISS

ZEISS is announcing the launch of the world’s Fastest Scanning scanning electron microscope at the upcoming annual Neuroscience meeting in Washington. The ZEISS MultiSEM 505 has 61 beams working in parallel and a capture speed of 1220 megapixels per sec, with each pixel 4nm in size. Instead of using a single electron beam like most other SEM’s, the […]


Genotyping Platform with Pre-Amplification from Fluidigm

Fluidigm just launched its new SNP genotyping platform with pre-amplification called Juno. The new platform targets the production genomics market segment specifically those involved in the industrial application of genetics. This new sample prep engine is a breakthrough of traditional SNP genotyping with its short turnaround time of less than three hours and the ability to genotype […]


Move Over CRISPR, Much Safer Genomic Editor Is Here

In light of the biotechnological breakthrough of the genomic editor CRISPR, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine led by Mark Kay discover a safer and longer-lasting approach – one that allows scientists to replace faulty or disease-causing genes with working copies, in hopes of treating genetic diseases – and has shown promise in […]

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