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!
Nikola Tesla (portrayed by David Bowie) says in The Prestige: “Society tolerates only one change at a time”. If this was true what only change (difference) would you make? The change could be technological, scientific, economical, political, any kind…a change that would make room for all the other changes.
Mason-Dixon line Left side: QIAamp DNA Mini Kit for 250 DNA preps ($556.00) for purification of genomic, mitochondrial, bacterial, parasite, or viral DNA Right side: RNeasy Mini Kit (50) for purification of up to 100 ug total RNA from animal cells or tissues, yeast, or bacteria ($227.00)
I am between 2 experiments in the lab, but get back to the launch of Google Health later. Here is one screenshot of my Google Health profile. Twitter: Scott Beale Google Blogoscoped: Google Factory Tour: Google Health Launched Update: Late Google Health: catching up with the past, first!
When I had worked on my MSc thesis in biology on the relation of human mitochondrial mutations and aging the paper I used most frequently was Sequence and organization of the human mitochondrial genome by Anderson et al. published in Nature, 1981. The reason was simple: it is more of a database than a hypothesis… Continue reading The first human genome project: mitochondrial DNA, 16.6kb, 1981, Cambridge
This slide comes from the presentation of Google Fellow Jeff Dean on Seattle Conference on Scalability, entitled Abstractions for Handling Large Datasets. (The title Google Fellow seems to me as something similar in rank to a full professorship at Stanford.) Here is the presentation itself embedded:
If there is any? Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine as an institutionally specified discipline is quite young, about a decade old. Bone marrow transplantation traces its roots back to the 1970-s, but many people don’t realize that it is the most useful although restricted form of stem cell therapy till this day. In my… Continue reading What is the birth date of present day stem cell biology?
Today I visited a presentation of Vint Cerf, whose work in the 70s on the nascent Internet Protocols, like TCP/IP became historical. Mr. Cerf serves as “Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist” of Google, and he has mainly a brand maintaining and popularizer role. Unfortunately he wasn’t asked about his activity on InterPlaNetary Internet Project… Continue reading Vint Cerf and a flicker of cerfology
Wow, I bought the flight tickets yesterday, so next week I’m visiting the Center for Gene Therapy in downtown New Orleans for a few days. I was invited to give a seminar there. Of course I’d like to be more than just a stem cell tourist in America’s Most Interesting City. 🙂 New Orleans has… Continue reading Stem cell trip to Tulane University, New Orleans