23andMe Licensed an Antibody for IBD Based on Its Ancestry Database

March 17, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Developing drugs from antibodies
“23andMe Inc., the Silicon Valley firm known for its ancestry DNA tests, has licensed an antibody it [MORE]

Increased Hydrogel Versatility for Gene Editing

March 10, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Sequence-directed gel degradation
MIT bioengineers have “created a system for making DNA-containing gels that are capable of responding to nearly any [MORE]

Whole Genome Sequencing for $599

March 3, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

myGenome testing
In case you missed it, the company Harvard geneticist George Church founded, Veritas Genetics (Danvers, MA) has lowered the [MORE]

“Prime Editing” with CRISPR

February 11, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Prime editing system
MIT and Harvard researchers have developed a new means of CRISPR gene editing that they believe could correct [MORE]

Hydrophobic Force, not Hydrogen Bonds, Hold DNA Together

February 4, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Hydrophobic forces hold DNA
A research collaboration between biochemists mainly at Chalmers University in Sweden and the University of California at [MORE]

The First Word Encoded in DNA

February 4, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Automated DNA data storage
“The Microsoft Research / University of Washington researchers recently demonstrated a fully automated system that encoded data [MORE]

Programming DNA-Based Biomolecules to Target Cancer Cell Membranes

January 21, 2020 | | Posted in Newsletter

Cell membrane proteins to identify cancer cells
“A new cancer-detecting tool [developed at Duke University] uses tiny circuits made of DNA [MORE]

How CRISPR Works

September 17, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

CRISPR-Cas9- how it works
This piece is a video TED talk featuring Jennifer Doudna talking about how she co-invented the CRISPR-Cas9 [MORE]

A Material that Undergoes Metabolism

June 4, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

DNA-material that undergoes metabolism
Bioengineers at Cornell University are developing a DNA-based material that can be metabolized—i.e. both grown and be [MORE]

A “Universal Cancer Biomarker”

March 26, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

UQ Cancer test shows particles changing color
According to University of Queensland bioengineers: “When circulating tumor DNA fragments are placed in [MORE]


January 8, 2019 | | Posted in Newsletter

CRISPR-Cas9 Editing of the Genome
CRISPR-Cas9, as its name indicates, is a two-part technology.  CRISPR locates a target sequence, and Cas [MORE]

Transomics at St. Jude’s

December 4, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

One thing that’s largely true about medical innovation is that the new is more expensive than the old. Clinical DNA [MORE]

A Genome in a Day

September 4, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

In living cells, a special polymerase named “terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase” (TdT) adds about a thousand nucleotides per second to a [MORE]

Once Again, Relative-Matching Nabs a Murderer

July 3, 2018 | | Posted in Newsletter

DNA Results on SmartPhone
Genealogy has long been the sport of elders discovering their family history in church registries, census and [MORE]