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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 […]

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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 […]

Software for Scientists

Benchling Adds Protein Tools to its Genetic Toolset

Benchling is adding new protein tools to its version control collaboration genetic toolkit. San Francisco based online gene-editing and collaboration platform, Benchling has introduced new set of tools helping molecular biologists to identify and annotate protein sequences. It enables directly importing proteins from a DNA sequence by highlighting a section of DNA that the researcher is currently working […]

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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 […]


Xenopat: Your Tumor in a Mouse

Labcritics visited Xenopat, an innovative company dedicated to the orthotopic implantation of human tumors in mice. This technology allows Xenopat to offer services to companies developing new anticancer drugs and personalized cancer treatments. We had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Anna Portela, CEO and co-founder, and Dr. Alberto Villanueva, CSO and co-founder. For more […]


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