As scientists probe and parse the genetic bases of what makes a human a human (or one human different from another), and vigorously push for greater use of whole genome sequencing, they find themselves increasingly threatened by the unthinkable: Too much data to make full sense of. read more
This week President Obama announced a big new brain research initiative. Both supporters and opponents of the project have compared it to the Human Genome Project. That project was once controversial too, and there's a similar ring to many of...
President Obama is announcing his BRAIN initiative, a multi-year $100 million scientific research project that aims to do for brain science what the Human Genome Project did for genetics. While that is ambitious, the project has already...Show More Summary
There’s another paper out debunking the ENCODE consortium’s absurd interpretation of their data. ENCODE, you may recall, published a rather controversial paper in which they claimed to have found that 80% of the human genome was ‘functional’ — for an extraordinarily loose definition of function — and further revealed that several of the project leaders…
The American scientific community is at one of the most exciting junctures in modern science; able to sequence the human genome, and with the help of advanced computers, researchers are making more progress each day on curing or preventing a variety of diseases.
Science responds to Ketchum DNA Study Here are a few early responses from other scientists in regard to the Ketchum DNA Study...provided by SciGuy: Richard Gibbs, one of the key scientists behind the Human Genome Project and director...Show More Summary
Links for you. Science: A Flurry of Frog Legs Mosh Pits Teach Us About the Physics of Collective Behavior Science and Job Creation: The Human Genome Project (because Obama mentioned this in the State of the Union Address) US should … Continue reading ?
Last year, a new technique for cutting the DNA of bacteria to insert genes was described in journal Science. It offers researchers a relatively easy way to remove precise sections of a bacterial genome and should accelerate research in the field of genetic modification. Show More Summary
Genomics may accomplish a lot, but could it redefine humanity's view of itself?
Kyle Gschwend of The Stanford Daily recently reported, “After 18 months of planning, the Dean of the School of Humanities & Sciences, Richard Saller, recently gave final approval for a new center that will fill the need for a unified genomics research center on campus. Show More Summary
Some fantastic genetics news: • Suspect Sasquatch Sequencing Hoax? Viral marketing? or major scientific breakthrough? Texas company DNA Diagnostics, headed by veterinarian Dr. Melba Ketchum, has announced that they have sequenced not one, but three different Sasquatch genomes. Show More Summary
Swedish researchers from Upsalla University and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences have sequenced the world's most delicious genome -- that of the pig. The research is important because, contrary to popular and well-considered...Show More Summary
Like night follows day: GSK completes its acquisition of HGS, and the scythe begins to come down. The company had previously notified the state of Maryland that it was cutting 114 positions, and now it's saying that 97 more are disappearing. Show More Summary
Human Genome Sciences plans 97 more layoffs in Rockville Enlarge Image File Photo Human Genome Sciences is planning another round of job cuts at its Rockville headquarters. Human Genome Sciences plans to cut an additional 97 positions...Show More Summary
Married: Biotech millionaire Bill Haseltine and socialite Maria Eugenia Maury, in a quiet NYC ceremony August 29. The founder of Rockville’s Human Genome Sciences, 68, dated the glamorous fifty-something Venezuelan for about a year before...Show More Summary
A staggering batch of over 30 papers published in Nature, Science, and other journals this month, firmly rejects the idea that, apart from the 1% of the human genome that codes for proteins, most of our DNA is "junk" that has accumulated over time like some evolutionary flotsam and jetsam...
Links for you. Science: ENCODE: the rough guide to the human genome ENCODE Leader Says that 80% of Our Genome Is Functional (functional in a colloquial sense versus a biochemical sense are two very different things) How A $440,000 Drug … Continue reading ?
It was a good day for science-loving geeks everywhere. Today’s big science haps, in no particular order: A new look at DNA says there’s no such thing as junk in the trunk [image] Assuming you call the human genome “the trunk.” ENCODE – the Encyclopedia Of DNA Elements – is a project that starts where [...] No related posts.
For the past decade, scientists have been working on the assumption that 20,000 genes, less than 2 percent of the total genome, underpin human biology. But a massive international project called ENCODE has just revealed that plenty of the remaining 98 percent, once tossed aside as "junk DNA", is in fact incredibly important. More »
It's been almost 10 years since the Human Genome Project shed light on just what it is that makes us tick. While it was a huge step forward and a massive acheivement in the field of science, it still left a lot of things to be explained, and suggested a couple of uncomfortable facts. Show More Summary