By Ben Butkus

In an effort to bring PCR to the masses, a pair of Bay Area entrepreneurs and self-described "bio-hackers" has designed an open-source thermal cycler that can be assembled from off-the-shelf components and costs around $500 — at least three times cheaper than the least expensive thermal cyclers on the market.

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Researchers hope to tease out the signature effects that different carcinogens leave on the genome to determine their contributions to disease, Mosaic reports.

The Wall Street Journal looks into the cost of new gene therapies.

An Imperial College London-led team reports that it was able to use a gene drive to control a population of lab mosquitos.

In PNAS this week: genomic effects of silver fox domestication, limited effect of mitochondrial mutations on aging in fruit flies, and more.

Oct
02
Sponsored by
Roche

In the last few years several molecular testing methodologies — such as immunohistochemistry, PCR, and sequencing — have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration to aid in the management of patients with lung cancer.  

Oct
10
Sponsored by
Philips Genomics

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how the Dana-Farber Cancer Center is adapting its oncology care strategy in light of the rapidly evolving molecular landscape.

Nov
07
Sponsored by
Qiagen

This webinar will provide a first-hand look at how a leading pathology lab implemented a next-generation sequencing panel to capture comprehensive molecular tumor profiles.