LavaAmp: cheapest pocket PCR thermocycler dreamed for DIY biologists

The LavaAmp is a portable PCR thermocycler that has the potential to become the default garage biology (home biology, bioDIY, DIYbio) tool once it hits the market. Think of Apple II for personal computing or MakerBot for 3D printing. The 1st LavaAmp prototype was shipped this week from Biodesic to Gahaga Biosciences and the process… Continue reading LavaAmp: cheapest pocket PCR thermocycler dreamed for DIY biologists

BioBlocks: outsourcing biotech, one block at a time

Friend Dan Erlanson (Co-Editor in Chief of the niche and smart Fragment-based Drug Design blog Practical Fragments) sent me this story on the recession proof business model of a biotech company called BioBlocks and his founder medical chemist Peter Pallai: Approximately one out of 5,000 compounds pass an initial screen, hit the designated biological target,… Continue reading BioBlocks: outsourcing biotech, one block at a time

The Decision Tree: Thomas Goetz’s upcoming book on predictive/personalized medicine

In the past months Thomas Goetz begun writing a book on the radical changes already ongoing but mostly upcoming in healthcare due to affordable new technologies and quantitative approaches in personalized genomics and medicine. The book is to be called The Decision Tree (explanation below) accompanied by a new website. Thomas is the perfect man… Continue reading The Decision Tree: Thomas Goetz’s upcoming book on predictive/personalized medicine

Vadlo, the beta biomedical search engine wants to scale up!

forwarded, nonpersonal mail from Maya Kennard (you might get that email too): Resource link/Story suggestion for your website:Title: VADLO – Biomedical Search Engine Description: Vadlo is a search engine for the biology/biomedical scientists, educators, clinicians and reference librarians. References Also check the Daily cartoons! The idea is that we feed them with searches and links and… Continue reading Vadlo, the beta biomedical search engine wants to scale up!

Who’s first? Happy First Birthday, commercial personal genomics!

What do you think, which company launched the first commercial and comprehensive personal genome service (based on a genome-wide SNP scan) on the market and exactly when? We have 2 candidates here in the ring deCODE Genetics (founded in 1996, Iceland) and 23andMe (founded in 2006, USA), the Amundsen and Scott of personal genomics. (please… Continue reading Who’s first? Happy First Birthday, commercial personal genomics!