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Genome sequencing of MRSA infection predicts disease severity

(Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory) April 9, 2014 -The spread of the antibiotic-resistant pathogen MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) remains a concerning public health problem, especially among doctors trying to determine appropriate treatment options for infected patients. 44 more words


Cheap, reliable whole-genome sequencing? Not so fast, say Stanford researchers

Everyday access to the contents of our genes draws nearer and nearer. But the industry is currently complicated by a mix of rapidly advancing technology and just-emerging science: Despite the fact that we can read our genes, we don’t necessarily know what they mean. 391 more words

Genome Sequencing

The Emperor - Prental Genome Sequencing and its Moral Dilemmas

With a consistent influx of scientific discoveries, it becomes inevitable that a burst of technological breakthroughs would be upon us. And with these breakthroughs, change is brought to the forefront as the most influential of actions. 770 more words

Ethics & Morality

Research team establishes benchmark set of human genotypes for sequencing

(Virginia Tech 18 February 2014) Scientistis from Harvard University and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute of Virginia Tech have presented new methods to integrate data from different sequencing platforms, thus producing a reliable set of genotypes to benchmark human genome sequencing. 15 more words

Clinical Pathology

Unbreakable: do superheroes, impervious to cancer, walk among us?

[Originally posted on Occam's Corner at Guardian Science, in February 2014]

In the 2000 M Night Shyamalan film Unbreakable, Samuel L Jackson’s character – a man born with a severe form of brittle bone disease – asks Bruce Willis’s character, ‘if there is someone like me in the world, and I am at one end of the spectrum, couldn’t there be someone else, the opposite of me at the other end? 1,300 more words


The cancer genome in context: finding mutations is just the start

[Originally posted on Occam's Corner at Guardian Science, in June 2013]

Sequencing the genomes of cancer cells lets us identify the mutations that drive the disease and develop drugs that target each mutation. 956 more words