International DNA day celebrates the successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 and the discovery of DNA's double helix in 1953. In celebration of DNA day, Dr. Karen Ring of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) came to speak at the Novato GMP facility to highlight the advances made in stem cell research and CIRM’s recently funded genomics initiative. The talk, both inspirational and illuminating, was also a great reminder that the oligonucleotides we manufacture have a wide range of applications in basic and translational research.Read More
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LGC's Genomics Division has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese health management expert Personal Health to establish a genotyping research partnership. The partnership will see Personal Health become the first “LGC Douglas Scientific® High-Throughput Genotyping Demo Lab” in China.Read More
Demand for maize is increasing due to an increased number of people transitioning to meat-based diets driving demand for animal feed. Drought has been identified as the number one factor in impacting maize yields in the region. Over 80% of maize grown in tropical Asia is rainfed, leaving the 19 million hectares of maize subject to stress caused by variations in monsoon rains. As such, maize is a good point of reference when thinking about the importance of production of drought-tolerant crops (Zaidi, et al., 2016).Read More
The advent of and ongoing improvements to next-generation sequencing technologies is driving the continuing and extensive discovery of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in a wide range of species. As a consequence of their large numbers and genome-wide distribution, SNPs are the molecular marker of choice in plant, animal, and human genetic research.Read More
Nature versus nurture. It’s a tale as old as time.
When Craig Venter made the comment after the human genome sequence was published, that “the behavior, character and physiology of individual human beings” aren’t wholly determined by their genetic make-up, and that our “environments are critical” – he wasn’t wrong.Read More
Many areas critical to improved agricultural production require robust and scalable genotyping platforms to enable the mapping of traits in plants and livestock as part of marker assisted selection (MAS) and marker assisted breeding (MAB) programmes.
It seems everyone wants to do more with less, and automate the process as well. But this can cause a number of challenges for even a traditional molecular diagnostics tool such as PCR.Read More
You wouldn’t just read the first chapter of a book and then stop. Nor would you go to the theatre and see one act of a play and then leave. Same was true for DNA sequencing. Once scientists began to reveal human genes in the 1980s, they began to wonder, why not expose the entire human genetic code?Read More
It wouldn't be fair to close out 2016 without showcasing the stellar year that Stellaris® RNA FISH has had. Take a closer look at our top 10 highlights from the past year - mind blowing images are only the beginning!Read More
With the discovery of the double helix, we learned how genes are copied and how genetic information was passed on. From there, Francis Crick, Marhsall Nirenberg and Jacques Monod, cracked the genetic code and discovered how genes perform other vital tasks besides copying themselves. Unlocking this code brought about Hermann Muller’s realization that there could be a possibility to introduce mutations, allowing humanity to direct evolution in desirable ways.Read More