Category Archives: NGS

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Blockchain Reality Sets in on DNA Sequencing Startups

With the falling value of cryptocurrency, startups which promised to utilize the power of blockchain have fast disappeared. No longer are many of the companies giving importance to the use of blockchain or in even some cases completely removed the reference to crypto from their websites. Wearing off of the global crypto-flu has suddenly made […]

Illumina Launches its Cheapest Full Sequencer for No One

Illumina announced the release of its sub $20,000 desktop sequencer aimed at diagnostic labs at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference last week. The iSeq 100 designed with an new 2-Dye preparation technology that speeds up preparation time. While the cost and speed of sample preparation are a major upgrades, these upgrades are not a huge […]

Nanopore Achieves One Million Base Pair Sequencing

Researchers at Garvan Institute in Sydney, Australia announced a million base pair DNA read on MinION Nanopore, bringing the USB sized sequencers closer to Illumina’s MiSeq desktop sequencers.   The researchers led by Martin A Smith, Ph.D., the head of genomic technologies in the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics, used incredibly precise preparation techniques and blunt pipette […]

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. […]

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 […]

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A More Precise Nanopore Sequencer Based on Polymer-Tagged Nucleotides

Researchers from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science have developed an advanced real-time, single-molecule nanopore sequencer. In collaboration with Genia Technologies (Roche), Harvard University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the engineers built an electronic DNA sequencer with better resolution than current nanopore devices. The study was published in the journal PNAS. Genome sequencing has allowed […]

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 […]