Tagged: genome sequencing

COVID-19 is not the only infectious disease New Zealand wants to eliminate, and genome sequencing is a crucial tool - COVID-19

Guest Author Sep 15, 2020

Nigel French, Massey University Genome sequencing — the mapping of the genetic sequences of an organism — has helped track the spread of COVID-19 cases in Auckland, but it also plays an important role in the control of other infectious diseases in New Zealand. One example is Mycoplasma bovis, a global cattle disease New Zealand also hopes to … Read More

Why New Zealand needs to focus on genome sequencing to trace the source of its new COVID-19 outbreak - COVID-19

Guest Author Aug 14, 2020

David Welch Genetic surveillance — a technology that uses the genetic fingerprint of a virus to track its spread — is part of the public health response to New Zealand’s new COVID-19 community outbreak and could help pinpoint its source. There are now 17 cases of community transmission, all in Auckland, and health officials are treating the group as a … Read More

How genome sequencing could crack the case of the NZ Covid comeback - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 13, 2020

The novel coronavirus mutates as it travels between people and around the world. By sequencing the genome, we can try to work out which case is linked with another. As Aotearoa confronted its first cases of Covid-19 community transmission in more than 100 days, the director general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, raised genome sequencing – something which “may help us … Read More

A long read, and a tricky jigsaw puzzle - Genomics Aotearoa

Genomics Aotearoa Apr 05, 2019

Peter Dearden Sequencing is an essential part of creating a genome, be it human, stick insect, kākāpō or sheep (all genomes Genomics Aotearoa is currently working on). But what is sequencing, how does it work, and why does it take so long?  And why does it matter to us? Sequencing is a laboratory process where segments of DNA base pairs … Read More

Kakapo researchers turn to crowdfunding - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 02, 2016

Scientists studying the rare and unusual kakapo have turned to crowdfunding to back a push to sequence the DNA of the remaining 125 birds. A campaign launched on experiment.com hopes to raise NZD$68,000 to fund genome sequencing for the nocturnal parrot. The entire project would clock in at $100,000, but with $35,500 already funded sequencing has begun on the … Read More

Sciblogs podcast: the future of personalised medicine - Guest Work

Guest Author Oct 18, 2013

Today the Sciblogs Podcast talks to Rick Leach. Rick started off as a microbiologist but has worked as a research scientist for the US Defense Department and for the National Cancer Institute before genomics peaked his interest. He is now the vice president of Complete Genomics, which specialises in accurate whole human genome sequencing and analysis. We hear from … Read More

The $10,000 Human Genome - Genomics Aotearoa

Peter Dearden Dec 10, 2010

Mary Gray, PhD Student, Clinical Genetics Research Group The Human Genome Project began in 1990 and took 13 years and at least $3 billion USD to complete. A biotechnology company called Illumina has recently announced that you can sequence your own genome for $10,000 USD – and it will only take around eight days to complete. The costs of … Read More