HudsonAlpha Biotechnology Campus
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
The HudsonAlpha-Science Conference on Immunogenomics will bring together preeminent leaders and thinkers at the intersection of genomics and immunology. Join us on the HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus in Huntsville, a city that boasts the finest Southern hospitality and a storied history as one of the U.S. space program’s primary contributors.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Wed, 2014-03-12 10:49
Andrew Hessel: Genetic Engineering From a Laptop
From living cells to cell phones, Genomic Futurist Andrew Hessel draws our attention to life in all forms. In a world where genetic engineering can be performed from a laptop, Hessel's work is inspiring a new generation of scientist.
ABOUT ANDREW HESSEL
Andrew Hessel is a futurist and catalyst in biological technologies, helping industry, academics, and authorities better understand the changes ahead in life science. He is also distinguished researcher at Autodesk, Inc. and the co-founder of the Pink Army Cooperative, the world's first cooperative biotechnology company, which is aiming to make open source viral therapies for cancer.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Wed, 2014-01-08 16:18
"Cancer death rates in the United States continue to decline." Despite this conclusion, from the recent Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, we are still thought to be losing the war against cancer. Why is this? For one thing, cancer may soon overtake heart disease as the #1 cause of death.
But this is an unfair comparison, writes George Johnson in The New York Times. "Heart disease and cancer are primarily diseases of aging," Johnson observes, adding that we are really talking about a zero-sum game: "Fewer people succumbing to one means more people living long enough to die from the other...Though not exactly consoling, the fact that we have reached this standoff is a kind of success."
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, author of the New York Times Magazine article "My Genome, My Self," reflects on being part of the Personal Genome Project and whether participants should publicize their genetic information.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Thu, 2013-12-26 00:32
Send a man to the Moon in one decade. Sequence the human genome in 15 years.
The genome was sequenced ahead of schedule. It took 13 years. But the work didn't exactly stop there. The Human Genome Project gave us the genomic blueprint, the ordering of the letters of our genome—all three billion of them. Scientists then had to try to "read those letters, understand that language, figure out that grammar," explains Eric Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute.
This challenge required the development of computational methods that would allow scientists to interpret which parts of these three billion letters "are actually doing something biologically important," Green told Big Think in a recent interview. For instance, what role do differences in genomes play in human disease? That's the great frontier in biomedical research.
The scientific advances, however, "are coming fast and furious," Green says, and so it is becoming increasingly important for the general public to become familiar with aspects of genomics that will impact "routine medical care in profound ways."
Submitted by Exponential Times on Sat, 2013-03-30 07:33
Gilean McVean is a professor of Statistical Genetics at the University of Oxford; contributing to the sequencing of the human genome, he has helped to revolutionise modern understanding of genetic variation. Since completing his PhD at the University of Cambridge in 1997, Gil's research has focused on the analysis of genetic variation, a field he believes is pivotal to understanding a population's history and it's present condition. In recent years he has specialised in sequencing human genomes in order to map the relationship between genomes and human characteristics. He has acted as a leading figure in sequencing research and most recently he helped to coordinate the 'Thousand Genome Project', sequencing 2500 individuals in order to understand what genetic variation looks like in a human population.
Linda Avey, co-founder of 23andMe and Curious, reassures those with concerns about abuse of genetic information that it is not possible to make designer babies like in Gattaca, but there are ways to avoid some genetic diseases.
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2012-07-31 05:49
Dr. Phillip Sharp described our current scientific landscape as part of the "third revolution" in science. The first being the discovery by Watson and Crick of the structure of DNA; the second pertaining to innovations in genomics, and the third revolution the current convergence science -- the merging of the physical and engineering sciences with the life sciences -- which will have a profound impact on research and health care
Submitted by Exponential Times on Tue, 2012-01-31 07:05
The 23andMe exec talks about the surprising genomic connections we may share -- with celebrities, with strangers -- and the profound discoveries and human impact possible with widespread genetic testing.