All posts by Mahboob Imtiyaz

Viome gut bacteria

IBM Watson Gets Curious Into Gut Microbiome, Goes Digging w/ Viome

  Gut microbiome seems to have become the new mystery of the human body after genetic code to pique the interest of biotech researchers as well as motivated billionaires. Viome, a microbiome focused startup founded by billionaire Naveen Jain has partnered with IBM Watson to apply Machine-learning to the area of gut microbiome. Viome just didn’t […]

LabWorm: Discover Latest LabTools in One Place

LabWorm is a new website highlighting new and existing tools meant for researchers on a daily and weekly basis. The site is similar to ProductHunt, a website that highlights viral products and services, but with a focus primarily on tools meant for researchers. LabWorm has already garnered praise from its users for helping them discover […]

Illumina Achieves Many Firsts With the NovaSeq Sequencer

Illumina, the leader in genome sequencing has announced its newest model of gene sequencer that costs under a million dollars, and is able to sequence entire human genome in one day at a cost of under $100 (allegedly). Illumina announced NovaSeq at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, successor to the highly successful HiSeq. […]

New $0.2 Centrifuge To Replace $1000 Worth Clinical Equipment

Centrifuges are the cornerstone of clinical labs to diagnosing diseases, but unfortunately they cost upwards of thousands of dollars and require electricity, making them useless in remote locations. However, a simple centuries old toy could be the answer to separating blood and plasma. Invented (or you could say discovered/repurposed) by Stanford scientists which includes Manu Prakash (who […]

Grail Hits Unicorn Status with $1 Billion Capital for Blood Cancer Test

Illumina owned startup, Grail has announced that it is in the process of raising more than $1 billion in venture capital to invest in its cancer detection test and it split from its parent company. If Grail succeeds in raising $1 billion in its second round of financing, this would for the first time put a […]

uBiome Pockets $22 Million to Dig Further in Your Poop

uBiome has two new announcements today: the launch of its new SmartGut fecal microbiome test and a $22 million round of Series B funding aimed towards further unravelling the mystery that is the human gut. The San Francisco based non-tech startup is treading further into the unknown by expanding its line of gut microbiome unravelling […]

MinION Oxford Nanopore

Nanopore Sequences Genes Very First Time in Space, Courtesy NASA

Oxford Nanopore’s MiniION sequencers have successfully sequenced genes in space for the very first time at NASA’s International Space Station earlier this week. “One small step for genetic research, a huge step for space-exploration.” NASA has conducted feasibility of conducting genetic tests in microgravity conditions by using Oxford Nanopore’s USB sized MiniION genetic sequencers. The […]

Research Grant Applications

Instrumentl : Automating Grant Search & Application

Among the newest batch of startups being incubated at Y-Combinator is Instrumentl, a research grant search and automated application platform for making researchers like that much easier. While describing Instrumentl, one can only wonder why hadn’t we thought about it while applying to thousands of mind numbing research grant applications. The platform saves researchers the […]