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CHICAGO (GenomeWeb) – Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, is putting its genomics and bioinformatics expertise behind a newly unveiled commercial entity offering services and technology to the pharmaceutical and diagnostics industries.

Called Nashville Biosciences, the wholly owned subsidiary of Vanderbilt will lean heavily on BioVU, Vanderbilt's bank of longitudinal medical records and DNA samples that now contains more than 250,000 specimens.

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Mar
16
Sponsored by
Bio-Rad

Wastewater based epidemiology (WBE) has been established as a viable, valuable, and cost-effective means to monitor infectious disease within a community. 

Mar
18
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Viruses mutate as they strive to thrive in response to selective pressures.

Mar
23
Sponsored by
Roche

This webinar will discuss findings from the study, in which molecular residual disease (MRD) was assessed using circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) without prior mutational knowledge in oligometastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) patients who had received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. This study also investigated urine as an alternative analyte for ctDNA MRD detection.

Mar
29
Sponsored by
Thermo Fisher Scientific

Global genetic surveillance is vital for understanding the evolution of viral pathogens and monitoring for changes in transmissibility, virulence, disease pathology, and impact on the efficacy of diagnostic tests, therapeutics, and vaccines.