Genetic Future

Archives for August, 2009

I’ve just discovered a very promising new blog in the genomics sphere (well, technically it’s a newly relaunched blog) run by a group at the University of Birmingham. Two posts by Nick Loman are of immediate interest to readers here. Firstly, I highly recommend Nick’s thorough dissection of accusations made by Applied Biosystems’ Kevin McKernan in a recent…

The announcement of the Helicos genome sequence (which I’ve already discussed in detail) engendered a huge amount of media interest, sometimes for the wrong reasons.  Having the media attention directed elsewhere in the third-generation sequencing space was clearly an unwelcome experience for Helicos competitors Pacific Biosciences, who have responded with a press release announcing the…

David Dooling has an entertaining take on the Helicos genome sequence I discussed yesterday entitled “Another rich white guy sequences own genome”.  I noted in my post yesterday that the alleged price drop for the Helicos sequence over current technologies was an illusion, but David includes a much more thorough analysis of the relative genome…

A reader pointed me to this press release on the dire financial state of Icelandic biotech deCODE Genetics.  The slow financial train-wreck that is deCODE has been sliding off the rails for years (see stock price chart below), but things look set to reach their final resolution one way or another within the next few…

Pushkarev, D., Neff, N., & Quake, S. (2009). Single-molecule sequencing of an individual human genome Nature Biotechnology DOI: 10.1038/nbt.1561 Yes, it’s yet another “complete” individual genome sequence, following on the heels of Craig Venter, James Watson, an anonymous African male (twice, and not without controversy), two cancer patients, a Chinese man, and two Koreans.  There is a…

CNN reports: At the Chongqing Children’s Palace, experts are hoping to revolutionize child-rearing with the help of science. About 30 children aged 3 to 12 years old and their parents are participating in a new program that uses DNA testing to identify genetic gifts and predict the future. The test is conducted by the Shanghai…

While I continue my work-induced blog coma, here’s a guest post from Luke Jostins, a genetic epidemiology PhD student and the author of the blog Genetic Inference, delivering a fairly scathing critique of a recent whole-genome sequencing paper based on Life Technologies’ SOLiD platform. McKernan et al. 2009. Sequence and structural variation in a human…

Those interested in the commercial, technical or ethical issues around the emerging industry of personal genomics now have a chance to put their questions to the co-founder of 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki. The NY Times blog Freakonomics is inviting readers to add their questions to the comments section of this post; Wojcicki will respond in a…