PlayDNA Pilot Project

The New York Genome Center spinout has been conducting a pilot project involving Oxford Nanopore's MinIon with a Manhattan middle school.

Penn State University has established a new program to train graduate students to apply data science to biomedical sciences, including genomics.

Carnegie Mellon's Robert Murphy

The curriculum will cover computer science and experimental biology courses and offer opportunities for students to contribute to faculty research projects.

Michael Snyder

Snyder's new book, "Genomics and Personalized Medicine," serves as a primer for patients and doctors, touching on topics from tailored cancer therapy to wearable devices.

The company is working on new tools for sample preparation and data analysis that will make the MinIon more suitable for educational users.

CyVerse, the developers believe, better expresses the platform's capacity to provide data management and computation to researchers across multiple scientific disciplines.

As part of a course this fall, 20 undergraduate and graduate students used the MinIon in two hands-on "hackathon" sequencing projects.

The study demonstrated the efficacy of using the Oxford Nanopore MinIon and a bespoke computational pipeline to perform metagenomics testing of viral infections in patients. 

The funding, which is being provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will also be used to expand the lab's outreach efforts to underrepresented student groups.

The initiative aims to educate patients and healthcare providers about the benefits and limitations of NIPT screening and how to interpret the results.


The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.