Genetic Future

Archives for December, 2008

David Dooling from PolITiGenomics has put together a handy little table for genomics nerds like me: statistics on the output of the various iterations of the three major competing second-generation DNA sequencing platforms (Roche’s 454, Illumina’s Solexa/Genome Analyzer and ABI’s SOLiD). It’s a little inscrutable for non-genomicists, but it helps to provide some insight into…

New Scientist trumpets the discovery of “the first placebo gene“. The study in question is here. I usually don’t comment on this type of study, but this time the hype is just too much for me: New Scientist describes the study as “a milestone in the quest to understand” the placebo effect; an article in…

Mendel’s Garden

Chris over at A Free Man has done a great job putting together the latest issue of genetics blog carnival Mendel’s Garden – check it out.

Reposted with a new title and minor corrections. A sorry saga in Australian commercial genetics has apparently drawn to a close – just as another one looks set to begin. Let’s start from the beginning. Back in 2003, Australian biotech Genetic Technologies bought acquired the rights to a patent on testing of the breast cancer…