The Genome Asia 100K Initiative announcement made big waves earlier this year as it is the first significant pan-Asian endeavor with the goal of creating a comprehensive genomic database. The initiative is similar to the 100K Genome Project in the United Kingdom and the US Precision Medicine Initiative. The Genome Asia 100K initiative is led […]
What is Drug Resistance? The World Health Organization (WHO) defines drug resistance (also called antimicrobial resistance) as the change that occurs in microorganisms that renders medications ineffective. There are other types of drug resistance, such as cancer cell resistance to chemotherapeutic agents. This discussion, however, will focus on antimicrobial drug resistance. As antimicrobial drugs become […]
Collaboration Aims to Integrate Digital Sorting with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) of Formalin-Fixed Paraffin-Embedded Biopsies and Fine-Needle Aspiration Samples SAN DIEGO and SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Silicon Biosystems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they will form a partnership to provide clinical assays and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. […]
Concept of Personalized Medical Care As a society, we have been accustomed to the concept of a “one-size-fits-all” approach to healthcare. However, this has not been ideal for many people and limits the success of medical management. There are instances where there is some level of tailoring to the individual, but not to the extent […]
Introduction The field of epigenetics is ever-growing and considered to be a relatively new branch of genetic research. However, the concept dates back to the 1940s when it was understood as a mechanism that involved gene and gene-product interactions responsible for phenotypic expression1. Epigenetics is now understood as stable, heritable changes in gene expression that […]
On Monday morning the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation Awards were announced according to a New York Times article. One of the winners of these awards used her spotlight in a very constructive way- she called for widening the use of genetic screening for breast and ovarian cancer. Mary-Claire King, 68, Departments of Medicine and […]
Psomagen, Inc. (previously Macrogen Corp.), established in 2004, offers “total genomic solutions” for both clinical and research purposes, mainly focusing on end-to-end sequencing services. The company will expand its services to include personal DNA tests.