DNA Sequencing: The Backbone of Personalized Medicine

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 […]

Next-Generation Sequencing Revolutionizes Drug Discovery and Development

Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) Overview Next-generation sequencing is a massive parallel sequencing technology. Genomic DNA is extracted, fragmented, and linked to adapters and primers for the amplification reaction (PCR) to generate a library. DNA fragments in the library are simultaneously sequenced. This provides a massive set of sequence data in a matter of days. The data […]

How Transposons are Changing the Sequencing Industry

What Are Transposons 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 […]

Ebola Outbreak Leaves Behind Genome Sequences

On August 28, 2014, researchers from Harvard University and the Broad Institute released a report that sequences and analyzes the genomes from the recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone. Stephen Gire and Pardis Sabeti of Harvard and the Broad Institute led the collaborative effort of more than 50 co-authors. The research is […]

Human Whole Genome Sequencing

Whole genome sequencing or full genome sequencing is a field of study that has proven to be quite critical to the average person. The number of discoveries found through sequencing is rapidly growing by the day.   Of the many applications for genome sequencing, one of the largest is for research. This might apply to […]