NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – University of Washington spinout TwinStrand Biosciences has raised around $2 million in seed funding and opened a next-generation sequencing laboratory in Seattle. The startup plans to commercialize technology known as duplex sequencing for applications such as oncology and forensics.

TwinStrand Biosciences currently has seven full-time employees, including CEO Michael Kranda, and is looking to at least double in size by the end of year, co-founder Jesse Salk said in an interview.

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Researchers are refining a tool to predict a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to the Guardian.

According to Stat News, the partial government shutdown in the US could soon affect the ability of the Food and Drug Administration to review new drugs.

In PNAS this week: gypsy moth genome sequenced, phylogenomic analysis of Polyneopterans, and more.

CNN reports that people's genes tend to have a greater influence on their risk of developing disease than their environment, but it varies by phenotype.

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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.

Jan
31
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This webinar highlights the use of single-cell genomics to identify distinct cell types and states associated with enhanced immunity.

Feb
14
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This webinar will describe a project that applied Oxford Nanopore long-read RNA-seq to explore the transcriptional landscape of a damaging agricultural pest.

Feb
19
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This webinar will demonstrate how clinical laboratories can develop their own customized targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based solid tumor panels.