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Gene therapy regenerates damaged tissue

An experimental gene therapy developed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York successfully regenerated heart muscle in pigs following a heart attack. Researchers from VentriNova, a preclinical company spun out of the Icahn School of Medicine, detailed their findings in the Feb. 19 issue of Science Translational Medicine. Treatment with the investigational product, VN-100, also showed signs...

Sony teams with Illumina working on Japanese genom...

Sony has struggled financially in recent years, with its shrinking share of the TV market and a sector-wide slump in PC sales dragging the company down. With the electronics business floundering, management is looking to other sectors to prop up the business and thinks it has found the next growth engine–genomics. The Japanese business ($SNE) is entering the sector by setting up a company called P5. It’s...

Illumina’s New Sequencers

The genetics world was rocked by a surprise announcement from its most prominent company: Illumina is secretly owned by Apple. At least, that would explain the company’s obvious joy at making their previous products look obsolete, and the way their competitors have to constantly protest that, yes, Illumina’s latest gadget is obviously very cool, but wouldn’t you like to compare prices and specifications? (This theory...

NIH publishes first Alzheimer’s genomics dat...

The National Institutes of Health said Monday it has made available for researchers the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). Established in February 2012 by a Presidential Initiative, the ADSP is a national research project with the aim of finding ways to prevent or effectively treat the memory-stealing disease. Using large-scale genome sequencing, the National...

Major Update to the Human Reference Genome

The Genome Reference Consortium (GRC), the research collaborative responsible for maintaining a comprehensive reference genome for humans, mice, and zebrafish, has released its first complete update to the human reference genome in nearly half a decade. Reference genomes are crucial to genomic research, providing a baseline for assembling genetic fragments into a full picture of the genome, and comparing rare variants against...

NIH publishes first Alzheimer’s genomics dat...

The National Institutes of Health said it has made available for researchers the first batch of genome sequence data from the Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP). Established in February 2012 by a Presidential Initiative, the ADSP is a national research project with the aim of finding ways to prevent or effectively treat the memory-stealing disease. Using large-scale genome sequencing, the National Human...
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