Category Archives: Crowdsourcing

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Bento Lab: DNA Laboratory for Your Backpack

A new Kickstarter campaign has just gone live with the aim of manufacturing a laptop sized DNA lab that includes three quintessential tools necessary for DNA research. Initiated way back in 2013, the founders of Bento Lab seek to create a single tool which makes DNA research simple and quick. Bento Lab DNA lab consists of […]

A Crowdsourced Comic for Lab Complaints

The Nature Publishing Group has recently opened a webpage where scientists can submit their lab gripes. Murphy´s Lab is an interesting initiative where people can complain about lack of laboratory etiquette, funding issues, internal politics or any other problem. Based on these complaints, comic strips will be made and shared with the world. Any person can submit […]

New Biomarker Predicts Long-Term Risk of Infection and Death

GlycA levels in blood can tell whether a person has an increased risk of severe infection. The finding by researchers from the Universities of Oulu and Melbourne is based on tests performed on 10000 people. GlycA is a byproduct of inflammation that correlates with citokine levels and an increased immune response, and predicts risk of […]

23andMe Gets FDA Authorization to Provide Limited Health Reports

The genetic testing company 23andMe has finally been authorized by the FDA to offer customers limited health reports. 23andMe offered genetic information from just a saliva sample, like ancestry and risk of contracting a series of diseases. In 2013, the FDA banned the company from releasing health information unless they were able to prove the accuracy […]

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FDA Sponsors Crowdsourced Genomics Platform: precisionFDA

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in its attempts to play catchup to a new breed of genomics based companies and the burst of genomics tests, is setting up a new platform called precisionFDA in partnership with DNAnexus. Defined as  a new approach of regulating and evaluating bioinformatics workflows, precisionFDA will help FDA […]

Big Pharma to Get Apple’s ResearchKit Into Their Clinical Trials.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Purdue Pharma have declared their interest in Apple´s ResearchKit platform to gather medical data from iPhone users. The big pharmaceutical companies see it as an opportunity to engage patients into data collection. This tool could help them better direct their multi-million investments in potential therapies. ResearchKit was presented in March. It is an open-source software framework that helps collects iPhone user´s medical data. Apple´s aim is to […]