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