D8A

We cover a variety of topics important to us:

  • D8A - data, discovery & decision science
  • DNA - genomics, personalized & precision medicine
  • DNI - direct neural interfaces & mind machines
  • DEV - development & environmental studies
  • DIV - equity, diversity & inclusion in STE(A)M
  • DIY - do it yourself, citizen & open science

Posts

  1. Photo of Anti-Aging AI, Depression Genetics, Mining Genomes, Skin Delivery System

    Anti-Aging AI, Depression Genetics, Mining Genomes, Skin Delivery System

    August 05, 2017 • D8ADNA

    This week in science: collaboration employs artificial intelligence to find anti-aging drugs; study seeks to uncover genetic components of complex neurological disorders; acquisition will allow mining of genomic databases with machine learning; researchers use the skin to deliver treatments for diseases such as Diabetes.
  2. Photo of Gene Editing, Therapy Company Gains $83.5M in Venture Funds

    Gene Editing, Therapy Company Gains $83.5M in Venture Funds

    August 01, 2017 • DNA

    A biotechnology company designing treatments with gene edits and transfers using benign viruses is raising $83.5 million in its second venture funding round. With today’s announcement, Homology Medicines Inc. in Bedford, Massachusetts, a one year-old developer of genetic therapies for rare diseases, raised a total of $127 million since its founding.
  3. Photo of Engineered Viruses Studied to Improve Plant Traits

    Engineered Viruses Studied to Improve Plant Traits

    July 28, 2017 • DEVDNA

    A research study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense is investigating genetic alterations of plant viruses for delivery of genes to quickly protect corn crops against threats like pests and drought. The four-year project brings in researchers from four institutions, funded by a $10.3 million award from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa.
  4. Photo of FDA Clears Algorithm-Assisted Cancer Diagnosis

    FDA Clears Algorithm-Assisted Cancer Diagnosis

    July 27, 2017 • DNA

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared for marketing a diagnostics system aided by machine learning algorithms to help radiologists detect breast cancer. The system, known as QuantX, is developed by Quantitative Insights Inc., a spin-off enterprise from University of Chicago. The company says QuantX is the first computer-aided diagnostics system that uses machine learning to evaluate breast abnormalities.
  5. Photo of Grant Funding Automated Genome Editing System

    Grant Funding Automated Genome Editing System

    July 17, 2017 • DNA

    A consortium of companies and university in the U.K. and U.S. are developing an automated desktop genome editing system using the emerging Crispr technique. The system is expected to be based on a single-cell analysis device made by Sphere Fluidics Ltd. in Cambridge, England, and financed by a $1.25 million grant from InnovateUK, a government research and development funding agency.
  6. Photo of Start-Up Applying Artificial Intelligence to New Drug Uses

    Start-Up Applying Artificial Intelligence to New Drug Uses

    July 14, 2017 • D8ADNA

    A new enterprise is being formed to apply artificial intelligence to connect drugs in development to treatments for rare diseases and other unmet medical needs. The company, Qrative — pronounced CURE-a-tive — in Cambridge, Massachusetts is starting off with $8.3 million raised in its first venture funding round.
  7. Photo of Smartphone Data Reveal Physical Activity Worldwide

    Smartphone Data Reveal Physical Activity Worldwide

    July 11, 2017 • D8ADIV

    A data science team tapped into smartphones of more than 717,000 people worldwide to capture the number of steps they take each day as an indicator of physical activity. Findings from the NIH-funded study by researchers at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California appear in yesterday’s issue of the journal Nature (paid subscription required).
  8. Photo of Darpa Funding Research on Brain-Digital Implants

    Darpa Funding Research on Brain-Digital Implants

    July 10, 2017 • DNI

    The advanced research agency in Department of Defense is supporting six new projects on neural devices that connect the brain to digital technologies to restore sensory functions. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa, made the awards to 4 academic labs, a research foundation, and a business.
  9. Photo of How to Turn on Genes and Coax Diatoms into Sex

    How to Turn on Genes and Coax Diatoms into Sex

    July 10, 2017 • DNA

    The discovery that ammonium induces sexual reproduction among diatoms could shed light on evolutionary mechanisms and help explain algal bloom dynamics. It could also point to new genetic modification strategies, potentially advancing molecular ecology interventions, biofuel applications, and nanotechnology-informed development of novel drug delivery vehicles.
  10. Photo of Genes on the Move

    Genes on the Move

    July 06, 2017 • DNA

    Changes in genome organization that accompany shifts in chromosomal conformation during the cell cycle may have epigenetic significance, report scientists who have tracked the movements of DNA loops by combining single-cell Hi-C technology and statistical analyses.
  11. Photo of Little Health Impact Found from Engineered Mosquitoes

    Little Health Impact Found from Engineered Mosquitoes

    July 06, 2017 • DNA

    An assessment by Dutch health authorities concludes mosquitoes genetically engineered to produce offspring that die before adulthood pose few health or environmental risks to humans. The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment released its report today evaluating a line of genetically engineered mosquitoes produced by Oxitec Ltd., to control local mosquito populations on the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba.
  12. Photo of Feasibility, Safety Shown for Personal Tumor Vaccine

    Feasibility, Safety Shown for Personal Tumor Vaccine

    July 05, 2017 • DNA

    A pilot study among individuals with a form of skin cancer shows a vaccine aiming at proteins specific to a person’s tumor is safe and can generate a complex immune response attacking the tumor. Results of the study, conducted at Dana-Farber Cancer Center in Boston, testing treatments developed by Neon Therapeutics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, appear in today’s issue of the journal Nature (paid subscription required).
  13. Photo of About Retrogene

    About Retrogene

    July 15, 2016 • DNADIV

    Photo of Megan Megan    Photo of Retrogene Retrogene

    Retrogene is a research initiative focused on ancient DNA, genome evolution and native ancestry. Areas of interest include archaeogenomics, paleogenomics and indigenomics.
  14. Photo of About Codons

    About Codons

    May 24, 2016 • DNA

    Photo of Megan Megan    Photo of Codons Codons

    Codons is a network that aims to connect genomic data and medical information collected from diagnostic devices and health monitoring sensors with machine learning algorithms in the fog (Internet of Everything).
  15. Photo of About BioShack

    About BioShack

    March 24, 2015 • D8ADIY

    Photo of BioShack BioShack   

    BioShack was founded by Megan in early 2011 at the beginning of the open science movement and was one of the first biohackerspaces in the San Francisco Bay Area. It became a business incubator and think tank where bioneers and citizen scientists came together to build apps and hacks that better our world. The organization supported a DIY culture where information and technology were shared freely for the purpose of developing socially responsible solutions. Many of the projects here at D8A came out of that original idea accelerator and members of this “citizen science brigade” are still active in the community.

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