Surya Tibrewala

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Hacking the body: the scientific counter-culture of the DIYbio movement

Science and biology are slowly, but smoothly, being co-opted by a DIY approach that’s looking an awful lot like the start of the tech start-up …

Counter-culture

Google is doubling down on biotech

The company is turning the team that develops smart contact lenses and other healthcare initiatives into a full-fledged, standalone company rather than a lab project.<p>The life sciences group will "graduate" from the Google X labs and become its own separate company under the new Alphabet corporate …

MedGenome to build India-specific data for gene-based testing kits

<b>Hyderabad:</b> MedGenome Labs Pvt. Ltd, a genomics-based diagnostics and research services firm backed by venture capital firm Sequoia Capital, said it …

Genetics

Bionic Eyes, Stem Cells and Gene Therapy: 3 Cutting Edge Cures for Blindness

Scientists have long known that while our eyes do most of the heavy lifting of sight—taking in particles of light, bending and refracting them, …

Cell Biology

Is The Biotech Pullback A Buying Opportunity?

Is The Biotech Pullback A Buying Opportunity? by Aaron Reames, Columbia Threadneedle Investments<p><b>Fundamentally, the outlook for biotech is as strong</b> …

Why Synthetic Biology Is the Field of the Future — NOVA Next | PBS

Most Americans may not be familiar with synthetic biology, but they may come to appreciate its advances someday soon. Synthetic biology focuses on …

The world’s youngest synthetic biologists show that the future of innovation is in the genes

At the 12th annual iGEM Giant Jamboree this weekend in Boston — an event that its founder Randy Rettberg refers to as “the World Cup of science” — over 250 student-led teams from all over the world gave a glimpse of innovations to expect in the years ahead from the emerging discipline of synthetic …

Visa and others sign on to offer this new employee benefit

Visa (V), along with a handful of Silicon Valley companies and venture capital firms, will offer employees genetic testing for breast and ovarian …

Priya Rajasethupathy: Memories mark DNA

Priya Rajasethupathy, 31<br>Stanford | Neuroscience<br>Graduate school: Columbia<p>Priya Rajasethupathy’s research has been called groundbreaking, compelling …

Personal Genome Test Will Sell at New Low Price of $250

By Julie Steenhuysen<p>(Reuters) - A company formed by genome pioneer Craig Venter will offer clients of a South Africa-based insurance company whole …

Genetics

New Protein-Based Sensor Detects Viral Infection, Kills Cancer Cells

Biological engineers from MIT have designed a modular system of proteins that can detect a particular DNA sequence in a cell and then trigger a …

Craig Venter to offer DNA sequencing to consumers

<i>Human Longevity partner with health insurer Discovery to provide a $250 exome sequence to consumers.</i><p>How do we get consumers interested in their …

Genetics

Filling a void in stem cell therapy

Possible stem cell therapies often are limited by low survival of transplanted stem cells and the lack of precise control over their differentiation …

10 game-changing companies that are on track to revolutionize how we treat illness

From innovations in precision medicine that aim to make treatments customizable to patients to cures for some of the world's deadliest diseases, our treatments are shaping up to look very different in the next decade.<p>Here are the top 10 drug companies to watch.

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: Will It Go Away? | GEN

September 01, 2015<p>DTCs Have Created Controversy Among Healthcare Professionals<p>Healthcare professionals express concern that due to complexities of …

Consumer Blood Test to Detect Cancer Hits Market Amid Skepticism

Biotechnology startup Pathway Genomics Corp. is introducing the first “liquid biopsy” tests designed to detect cancer-associated mutations in the …

histone neuroscience epigenetics

Specifically, the study examined a specific type of histone called H3.3 in human and rodent brains. H3.3 is a version of the histone H3 with a small …

Epigenetics: How Does Your Mind Reprogram Your Genes?

The source of today’s health problems does not come from our genetic blueprint but from how our cells interpret this blueprint and subsequent …

How is my research linked to epigenetics?

In late 1960’s I began “cloning” stem cells. I would isolate one stem cell and put it in a culture dish by itself. The cell divides every 10-12 …

Genetics

Using Genetic Sequencing to Manage Cancer in Children

<b>Using Genetic Sequencing to Manage Cancer in Children</b><br>A study showed that including genomic sequencing in the care of young cancer patients is …

GlowGene Kit Allows You to Create New Lifeforms Using DNA (video)

A very unique and interesting project has launched over on Kickstarter of this month called GlowGene. That provides a lab-in-a-box enabling users to …

Stanford scientists discover key mechanism in gene expression

RNA polymerase II makes life possible by expressing genes. Now, a team of Stanford biologists, chemists and applied physicists has observed it at …

Stanford University

Mayo Clinic Team Shares Comparison of Sequencing, Array Methods for DNA Methylation Profiling

What are the biological mechanisms that switch genes on and off? Think of it like this: In identical twins, why does one twin develop cancer or …

Scientists discover how cells overpower cancer drug

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have found how cells adapt to overcome cancer drugs designed to interfere with their genetic controls, according to a …

Indigenous hunters say treaty rights being violated by Saskatchewan

Indigenous hunters say they are being harassed and bullied by Saskatchewan authorities who don't understand their treaty right to provide food for their families.<p>The chief of Pine Creek First Nation said Wednesday that conservation officers raided two homes last month and confiscated moose meat …

The Fault in Our Genes: How CRISPR Could Eradicate Genetic Disorders

Each one of your 37.2 trillion cells contains all the instructions to make a complete human. These instructions are governed by a code made up of …

Scientists Can Now Control Brains Using Noninvasive Sound Pulses

'Sonogenetics' uses sound to switch off and on genetically modified neurons. It's similar to optogenetics, but noninvasive.<p>One of the most important biological discoveries of this decade has been optogenetics, or the ability to turn genetically modified neurons on and off in the body using pulses …

Comment on Gene Editing Is Now Cheap and Easy—and No One Is Prepared for the Consequences by Mike Taylor

Isn’t it funny, those who claim to know the most, end up talking the least sense.<br>You’re a prime example of that.

Cellular Dynamics Launches ‘World’s Largest’ Public Stem Cell Bank

[<i>Updated 9/2/15 8:54 am. See below.</i>] In 2013, Cellular Dynamics vowed to create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines from the cells of 3,000 …