Psomagen, Inc. Partners with Swift Biosciences to Fill the Increasing Need for Genomic Surveillance of SARS-CoV-2 Variants

ROCKVILLE, MD — April 13 2021 — Psomagen, Inc., a US-based genetic sequencing and data analysis service provider, is collaborating with Swift Biosciences (now part of Integrated DNA Technologies), a pioneer in the development of research-use-only library preparation kits, to offer comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 variant determination using next-generation sequencing (NGS). Early in the pandemic, public health […]

A Look into Plant DNA Analysis at the Schnable Lab in Nebraska

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT MEET THE SCHNABLE LAB As our population grows and climate changes, the importance of creating high-yield crops to feed the world increases. Join us as we get to know the Schnable Lab, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, about their efforts to isolate DNA from available plant material to create sturdier and higher-yielding […]

Psomagen, Inc. Expands Precision Genomics Capabilities with 10x Genomics’ Single Cell Sequencing Technologies

ROCKVILLE, MD — February 23, 2021 — Psomagen, Inc., a US-based genetic sequencing and data analysis service provider, is proud to expand its next-generation sequencing capabilities to include end-to-end single cell sequencing (SCS) services. These services, which include gene expression and single cell immune profiling, are powered by the Chromium platform and Next GEM-based technology […]

How Can Genetics Help Predict Diseases?

If you could unravel your DNA and see if your genes indicate a high risk for certain diseases, would you do it? What if this knowledge meant you could make lifestyle changes and reduce your risk? Genomic medicine makes this possible, and it’s opening up an entire world of possibilities for our health. Computer technology […]

How is NGS Different from Sanger Sequencing?

Introduction Sequencing DNA involves biochemical processes to ascertain the order (sequence) of nucleotides of DNA strands. Maxam-Gilbert and Sanger methods were developed over 40 years ago, but the Sanger method soon dominated the DNA sequencing arena. With this method, DNA is repeatedly copied resulting in DNA fragments of varying lengths. The ends of each fragment […]

Race and Predisposition to Disease

Introduction Interdisciplinary efforts over several decades have provided intriguing information regarding the factors that contribute to racial differences in health status and outcomes. Even with this information on hand, challenges remain regarding improved characterization of these various biological and environmental factors. Advances in genomic studies have provided some of the valuable tools and data needed […]

Next Generation Sequencing Could Dramatically Impact Life Expectancy

Introduction A Centers for Disease Control website provides a definition for life expectancy as “the average number of years that a hypothetical group of infants would live at each attained age if the group was subject, throughout its lifetime, to the age-specific death rates prevailing for the actual population in a given year” (1). It […]

What Is Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Sequencing (ChIP-Seq)

Chromatin Immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq) determines DNA binding sites for particular proteins on a genome. Chromatin Immunoprecipitation assays have the ability to capture an image of specific protein to DNA interactions that are occurring in a system and process these interactions using quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR), ChIP-chip, or next generation sequencing (NGS). When paired with […]

Sequencing Data to Develop Recombinant Vaccines

Introduction Eradication and prevention of infectious diseases are achieved most often via vaccination. The common or traditional vaccines are made using the actual pathogen material, such as modified live or killed (inactivated) viruses. The use of these types of vaccines is sometimes associated with serious side effects. For some infectious agents, it is often difficult […]

Role of Next-Generation Sequencing in Pancreatic Cancer Management

Introduction Pancreatic cancer (PC) is considered one of the most fatal cancers in the U.S. and other developed countries. The best outcomes and survival rates after treatment are only possible with early detection and treatment before the onset of symptoms. There is a great need to uncover ways to detect PC early to achieve better […]