Tagged: genomics

Online lecture series on genomics and bioinformatics - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Feb 01, 2012

A current lecture course surveying genomics and bioinformatics is available online, hosted on YouTube by GenomeTV. Handouts for the thirteen week course are hosted on the course website. We’re told that the course includes an update on technologies that have changed over the past two years. These lectures are introductory. They are aimed at biologists … Read More

Appeals court concludes that Myriad can patent BRCA genes - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 30, 2011

Friday saw the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which we’re told by the New York Times told specialises in patent cases) rule that Myriad can patent the isolated BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, mutations in which are diagnostic for (some) cases of breast and ovarian cancers. The three judges didn’t rule unanimously, with … Read More

Haemophilia – towards a cure using genetic engineering - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 28, 2011

Science fiction has humans cured of genetic diseases by tailored re-engineering of their genes. It’s coming closer to a reality, with a recent report on treating mice with haemophilia B by re-engineering the ‘broken’ gene in mice. Haemophilia B Haemophilia is an inherited genetic disorder that disrupts blood clotting. Read More

What genetic changes make us human? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 22, 2011

Katherine Pollard sets her aim at about 2:05 into the presentation: ’we want to pinpoint the parts of the human genome that are most different [...] between humans and chimps, or other primates, and try to link these to human-specific biology.’ She talks about work by her research group finding the portions of the human genome … Read More

Take a summer studentship in Dunedin, New Zealand - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Jul 06, 2011

Genetics Otago, the regional genetics cluster of the Otago province, is offering an international summer studentship. Usually five internal summer studentships are offered. This year a single international studentship is up for one lucky student. You want to be in to win, right?! [caption id="attachment_6717" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Looking south over the town from Signal … Read More

Doggie ERVs - Code for life

Grant Jacobs May 20, 2011

Humans and their best friend may share ERVs.[1] My first thought was ‘is 10,000 years long enough?’ [caption id="attachment_6384" align="alignleft" width="375"] (By James Jun, source: Flickr)[/caption] Let me explain. Firstly: ERVs are endogenous retroviruses. Eh? OK, OK. Our genomes are DNA-based. Retroviruses are viruses with RNA-based … Read More

Saturday snippets - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Dec 04, 2010

You won’t have missed the fuss over NASA’s their non-extra-terrestrial life, where evidence suggests that a bacteria may show signs of tolerance to arsenic received wide coverage in the media. xkcd, of on-line cartoon fame, offers this There’s a great collection of commentary to Richard Thaler’s call for informed examples of ’things … Read More