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Analysis and insight on the advancements in genetics. Stay updated as Singularity Hub discusses the most important trends in genetics research.

Genetic Testing Mix-up at 23andMe, Another Blow to the Industry

23andMe may have provided the wrong results to as many as 96 customers for its genetic testing services. According to statements made on the 23andMe blog, human error was behind the mistake at ...

The Genome Project is 10 Years Old – Where is the Health Care Revolution?

“It is fair to say that the Human Genome Project has not yet directly affected the health care of most individuals.” – Francis Collins, April 2010, Nature. What’s in a genome?  Ten years ago, the...

Secret Messages Coded Into DNA Of Venter Synthetic Bacteria

Researchers at the J Craig Venter Institute recently unveiled their first self-replicating synthetic bacteria (M. mycoides JCVI-syn1.0) whose DNA was 'programmed' base pair by base pair. To verify that they had synthesized a new...

Venter Creates First Synthetic Self-Replicating Bacteria from Scratch

*Update: We've included the Science interview with Venter after the break. Craig Venter wants to program life the way we program computers, and today he announced a momentous win: the first synthetic self-replicating bacterium. The...

What Secrets Are in the DNA of 17 Year Old Girl With Body of a Baby?

Brooke Greenberg was born in January of 1993. She's now more than seventeen years old, but she physically looks to be about one. Doctors have long been baffled by her condition, sometimes referred to...

Exclusive: I Already Took the DNA Test That Hits Walgreens on Friday (video)

UPDATE: Walgreens has decided to postpone stocking these genetic test kits until after the FDA is finished 'discussing' legal issues with Pathway Genomics. This Friday will see the launch of a new phenomenon: a genetic...

The Incredible Regenerating Mouse

More than twelve years ago, Dr. Ellen Heber-Katz at the Wistar Institute did what so many great scientific minds have done throughout time - she discovered something by accident. In particular, she found that...

Whole Genome Sequencing to Unravel Genetic Basis of Pediatric Cancer

Widely considered to be the world’s leading institution for the study of childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently announced a large-scale genomic study to understand the origins of pediatric cancers. Teaming up...

Gene for Intelligence Revealed by Studying Williams Syndrome

Want to make yourself smarter? It may all start with finding which genes are responsible for intelligence. Researchers led by scientists at the University of Utah's Brain Institute have discovered that a single gene...

Is it Ethical to Genetically Sequence Kids if There’s No Immediate Health Concern?

John West is very familiar with whole genome sequencing (WGS). He was a general manager with Illumina after they acquired Solexa, where he had been CEO. So it's no surprise that John West hired...

Boolean Logic Unlocks The Key To Finding New Genes in Milliseconds

A little bit of computer science has made it possible to reduce the time it takes to find new genes from years to milliseconds. Researchers at Stanford University have developed a simple processing method...

Genetically Engineered ‘EnviroPig’ Waiting For US Approval

In the race to genetically engineer food that is tastier and cheaper, Canada's University of Guelph is instead finding a way to produce meat that may be more environmentally friendly. For more than a...

US Court Strikes Down Patent on Human Genes – Huge News for Genomics

In what is sure to become a landmark case for genomics, a US District Court Judge in New York (Robert Sweet) has ruled that patents on human genes held by Myriad Genetics are invalid....

New Study Shows Your Ability To Recognize Faces is Genetic

Scientists at the University College of London, Harvard University, and elsewhere have discovered that not only is the part of your brain responsible for recognizing faces different than the part that recognizes words or...

Demand for Stem Cells Growing Fast, Many Turn to Medical Tourism

You can't keep a good thing down. When the US restricted stem cell research in the early part of the century that research didn't die, it emigrated. All over the world, scientists continued to...

Stem Cell Transplant Defeats HIV? Patient Still HIV Free After 2 Years

Add one more name to the ever growing list of diseases that have been defeated by stem cell treatments: HIV. That's right, according to a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine,...

Will 23andMe Find Which Genes Make You a Life-Long Athlete?

Back in October, 23andMe generated a little PR buzz by examining the genetic codes of 100 current and former NFL players and comparing them to non professional athletes. That genome wide association study (GWAS)...

Genetically Modified Flowers That Can Smell Like Anything

Ever wanted a rose that smelled like bananas? Maybe a petunia that reeked of root beer? Researchers at the University of Florida Gainesville have isolated 13 genes in flowers that key for the blossom's...

Complete Genomics Secures New Customers, 500+ Orders for Whole Genome Sequences

Complete Genomics has made some heavy predictions about the number of whole genome sequences it will complete in the next five years, so you know we have to keep tabs on them and see...

Woman Seeks Husband for Health Insurance on YouTube

With the US economy in recession and socialized medicine unlikely, healthcare is becoming precious. How precious, you may ask? Well, Terri Carlson is willing to marry you for your healthcare. This 45 year old...

Database for Autism Holds Hope for Answers, Treatments

Those looking to better understand and treat Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) now have a powerful new weapon in their fight. The US National Institute of Health (NIH) has developed the National Database for Autism...

Counsyl – Test Yourself for Genetic Risk Before Having a Baby

If you know that you're a carrier for a genetic disease, you can choose not to risk passing that disease on to your offspring. Yet so many of us don't know which maladies we...

Venter’s Successes in Creating Synthetic Life (video)

Craig Venter is pushing the boundaries of what humans can do with DNA and aims to create new life to serve our needs. At TEDMED this past year, he discussed what he and his...

Mouse Skin Into Neurons Without Need for Pluripotent Stem Cells

Conventional wisdom tells us that you can't teach an old cell new tricks. Scientists at Stanford University, however, have been able to change adult mouse skin cells into mouse neurons. Unlike previous work with...

Exclusive: Complete Genomics To Sequence A Million Genomes – CEO

"We Are A Data Company" Cliff Reid, CEO Complete Genomics Without a doubt the hottest company in the genomics sector right now is gene sequencing powerhouse Complete Genomics. In just the last four years...

Genetically Modified Rice and Corn To Grow in China, then the World

China grows a lot of rice - about 60 million tonnes a year. It also consumes most of that, only exporting around 1% of its crop. So, high demand for production with little fear...

Vanderbilt Launches DNA Biobank with 75,000+ Samples

Bioinformatics is big business. Leveraging computer science and information technology to find important trends in biological data is the best way to take advantage of advancements in genetic sequencing. But if you want to...

Illumina and Complete Genomics Competing for Sequencing Dominance

The ongoing race to become the household name for whole genome sequencing is speeding up. Industry giants Illumina (ILMN) and Complete Genomics have both made recent announcements which demonstrate how serious this competition really...

Cows Pave the Way for Profits (Dangers?) from Genetic Testing

While it may take years before widespread genetic testing changes humanity, animals are experiencing a difference today. According to Forbes, a single genetic test for breeding dairy cattle has almost completely replaced older pedigree...

Super Strength Substance (Myostatin) Closer to Human Trials

Get muscles now, ask me how. As published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the National Children's Hospital (NCH) and Ohio State University have proven that blocking myostatin in monkeys will lead...

4 Great Teams From iGEM 2009 (Videos)

iGEM harnesses two of the most potentially powerful resources on our planet: synthetic biology and youth. The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition took place during the Halloween weekend this year, as always hosted by...

Mine-Detecting Bacteria Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Video)

Synthetic biology and students are mixing with explosive results. Remember the international Genetically Engineered Machine competition we told you was coming? It happened, and while there were many amazing and interesting projects (we'll have...

Manipulating Just One Gene Makes a Smarter Rat

According to recently published results in PLoS One, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and East China Normal University have genetically engineered a rat to be significantly smarter than its peers. The...

Genome Study Reveals New Links to Parkinson’s

Affordable genetic testing continues to enable scientists to find exciting new discoveries that may help doctors predict, prevent, and treat disease. Two teams of researchers recently published in Nature Genetics (a Japanese team from...

Andrew Hessel’s Singularity University Talk on Synthetic Biology (Video)

Have you ever wished life was more like a video game? Well, Andrew Hessel is here to tell you that your biology is already more like a computer than you know. At his recent...

Complete Genomics and ISB Team Up for Huge Whole Genome Study

The era of genetic studies based on whole genome sequencing is definitely upon us. According to a recent press release, Complete Genomics will provide the Institute for Systems Biology with 100 (nearly) whole genome...

Open Hardware for Molecular Biology Experiments

Sure it takes years of training to become a world class biologist, but now you can have fun with their equipment without slaving away in academia. Pearl Biotech is selling an electrophoresis gel box,...

Yale Scientists Diagnose Illness Through Genome Sequencing

A doctor has some tried and true methods of helping her diagnose a disease: examining the lymph nodes, taking your temperature, that whole "turn your head and cough" thing. Now, we need to add...

IBM Hypes DNA Transistor, Genomes for Less than $1000

Sequencing your genome is going to be such big business that everyone wants to get in on it, even if they aren't ready. In a recent press release, IBM announced that it is working...

Disabling a Single Gene Extends Mice Life by 20%

We've known for a while that severely limiting your dietary intake, while somehow still managing to get all your necessary nutrients, can extend lifespan dramatically. Caloric Restriction (CR) can increase a mouse's lifespan by...

DNA Electronics Has a Hand Held Genetic Testing Device – Interview with CEO!

If your computer and your DNA had a baby, it would be the SNP Dr. from DNA Electronics. SNP Dr. is the world's first hand held semi-conductor device that will be able to read...

New Study Detects Oral Cancer Via RNA in Spit

I can't believe the number of things you can find out about yourself by spitting in a cup. A recent study at UCLA demonstrated that certain strands of micro RNA (miRNA) found in your...

iGEM 2009: Synthetic Biology Competition Bigger than Ever this Halloween

Like some Frankenstein monster composed of space camp, graduate school, and science fair, iGEM is ready to spring to life this Halloween. The International Genetic Engineering Machine competition is now in its 6th...

Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness in Monkeys

If nature gave you some bum genes, you've got a chance of fixing them. Genetic treatments have allowed researchers to cure color blindness in two squirrel monkeys. As published this month in Nature, gene...

Illumina’s Genome Sequencing Service Gets First Customers

The race to provide you with access to your genome is really heating up. Industry leader Illumina (NASDAQ: ILMN) has completed its first genome sequencing service for an individual at the low-low price of...

The Scoop on Zirus from CEO David Perryman

If the Home Alone movies taught me anything (and that's doubtful to begin with) it's that defeating the bad guys goes hand in hand with well-laid traps. Well, there are few bad guys as...

3 Genetic Variants Account for 20% of Risk for Alzheimer’s

  Two recent studies from Europe have shown that three genetic variants may be responsible for about 20% of the risk of developing Alzheimer's. This discovery not only could help scientists refine tests that let...

Sequenced Human Genomes Nearly Doubled Since March

Complete Genomics has had a busy spring. For those of you who missed our February story, or our recent article, CG is a human genome sequencing company that is focusing on economies of scale....

Dog Hair is Defined by Just Three Genes!

There are few species as diverse as man's best friend. Yet, every breed from the chihuahua to the great dane has much the same genome. A recently published article in Science, however, explains that...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

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