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Mass market, Shamrock, sequencers


In Genome Technology a year ago, our cover story featured what we call “next-generation genomics” — a series of marketplace applications in which genomics has already made a mainstream appearance. Those areas included anti-counterfeiting measures, personalized skin care, and improved artificial flavors, among others. In the year since, those organizations have continued to make strides; genetically personalized skin care products, for one, have been prominently featured in consumer media.

In our news section last year, we introduced you to Shamrock Structures, a protein crystallography company based in Woodridge, Ill., led by CEO Steve Schiltz. Last November, the company announced a deal to provide structural proteomics services — including crystallization, synchrotron data collection, and protein structure determination — to the Seattle-based Trubion Pharmaceuticals.

Another news story highlighted a talk by Mike Metzker from Baylor about a “suitcase sequencer” technology under development in his lab. Metzker presented the work again at this year’s Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference, indicating progress that had been made in the design of the four-laser machine. Meanwhile, he says, that work has led to related research on an imaging technology for high-density arrays.


The Scan

Pig Organ Transplants Considered

The Wall Street Journal reports that the US Food and Drug Administration may soon allow clinical trials that involve transplanting pig organs into humans.

'Poo-Bank' Proposal

Harvard Medical School researchers suggest people should bank stool samples when they are young to transplant when they later develop age-related diseases.

Spurred to Develop Again

New Scientist reports that researchers may have uncovered why about 60 percent of in vitro fertilization embryos stop developing.

Science Papers Examine Breast Milk Cell Populations, Cerebral Cortex Cellular Diversity, Micronesia Population History

In Science this week: unique cell populations found within breast milk, 100 transcriptionally distinct cell populations uncovered in the cerebral cortex, and more.