NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Individual units of donated blood in the US are currently screened for Zika virus using PCR-based methods even though the outbreak appears to have waned. That may be a poor use of resources, according to research published today by collaborators at The American Red Cross, Grifols Diagnostic Solutions, Quality Analytics, and the Wadsworth Center at the New York State Department of Health.

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Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

Nature calls for genomics to become part of the World Health Organization's cholera surveillance approach.

Vox explores a proposal to institute a lottery system to award grant funds.

In Genome Biology this week: gut microbiome study of individuals from Tanzania and Botswana, sixth version of the Network of Cancer Genes database, and more.

Jan
30
Sponsored by
Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.

Feb
21
Sponsored by
L7 Informatics

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how Gradalis, a clinical-stage immunotherapy developer, is using an information management solution from L7 to streamline its research, clinical, and manufacturing operations.

Feb
26
Sponsored by
Advanced Cell Diagnostics

This webinar will demonstrate how a research team at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at McMaster University developed a cellular and molecular phenotyping pipeline using archived samples of lung tissue derived from patients diagnosed with fibrotic interstitial lung disease. 

Mar
13
Sponsored by
Horizon Discovery

This webinar will discuss development and validation of an assay for detection of microsatellite instability (MSI) based on a novel set of biomarkers.