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 […]

HLA and Pharmacogenetics

Introduction For years, the unpredictability of drug reactions has served as an underlying uncertainty in the safety of medications. This is because many of these reactions are specific to certain individuals and populations and under specific circumstances with an unknown basis. Adverse drug reactions can be very medically devastating, leading to severe consequences including death. […]

The Promise and Security Risks of using Cloud-Based Informatics Solutions for Human Genomic Data Analysis

Introduction The ability for medical and research scientists around the globe to share data has enhanced the progress of medical discovery and healthcare delivery. Instant access to information via cloud-based technology by researchers and healthcare providers allows more time spent acting on and processing data. However, large bodies of data (aka “big data”) generated through […]

How Transposons are Changing the Sequencing Industry

Introduction Mobile DNA segments that can change position, transpose, are transposons (or transposable elements). These “jumping genes” discovered by Barbara McClintock 70 years ago exist in species of all kingdoms, from bacteria to humans. Transposons make up large portions of a species’ genome and have key biological functions. In humans, transposons make up nearly 50% […]