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Google Forays into Bioelectronics along with GSK

Google is known for its interest in life sciences. While Google’s venture capital arm invested in genetic testing and analysis company 23andMe, it also ran its own Google Life Sciences division.  Verily formerly known as Google Life Sciences has partnered with GlaxoSmithKline to form Galvani Bioelectronics. Galvani Bioelectronics, a joint venture between the Internet and Drug […]


An Exclusive Scientific Meeting Gives Birth to the Genome Project-Write

A select group of researchers from top American universities gathered last month in an invitation-only meeting at Harvard to discuss the need of technology and an ethical framework for genome-scale engineering. The conclusions are now presented in a paper published in the journal Science, where they propose to start the Human Genome Project–Write (HGP-write). In this call […]


BioViva’s CEO Claims to Have Longer Telomeres After Gene Therapy

BioViva reported last week that the company’s CEO, Elizabeth Parrish, successfully reversed biological ageing after being treated with the biotech’s therapies. The Seattle-based company confirmed that Parrish reversed 20 years of telomere shortening thanks to an experimental gene therapy. BioViva aims to provide regenerative medicine solutions through gene and cell therapies. The company is involved in several research lines to […]

Next Generation Sequencing

Study Identifies Individuals Resilient to Severe Genetic Diseases

Researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City have discovered that certain individuals have the ability to survive genetic disorders that usually have severe or lethal consequences. A genetic screen of almost 600000 healthy people identified 13 of them carrying mutations in essential genes. The study has been published in the […]

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Review: The Surplus of Postdocs

An alarming number of postdocs are facing trouble in finding stable positions in academia and industry. Although this problem isn’t something new and has been going on already for several decades now, its current state is a real concern among researchers, with no solutions in sight in the short term. In this article we will […]


Half the world population will be short-sighted in 2050

Researchers from Brien Holden Vision Institute, University of New South Wales Australia and Singapore Eye Research Institute have conducted a study that predicts there will be 5 billion myopic people by 2050. From those, 1 billion will be at high risk of blindness, which represents a seven fold increase from 2000 to 2050. The results […]


RNA at the Center of Epigenetics

Researchers from Tel Aviv University, Sheba Medical Center, and University of Chicago have discovered a new RNA modification that plays a central role in the regulation of gene expression. The methylation of Adenosine in position 1 occurs on thousands of different transcripts in eukaryotic cells and in 20% of human transcripts. The presence of the […]

New Method Finds Sequences in Minutes Instead of Days

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new database search technique that allows to find DNA sequences in minutes instead of days. The method specializes in finding short reads generated by high-throughput sequencing. The findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology. The amount of genetic data with potentially important clinical information is growing very […]