Archive for the ‘bioinformatics’ Category

Wired Magazine is the popular Genomics Magazine

Wired Magazine is again leading the Science and Technology frontier with a cover full of genomics in December, according to Nancy Miller, senior editor at Wired Magazine at a tech writing event sponsered by mediabistro and Yahoo!.

There has always been a science focus at Wired, with both news and leaders of the industry. But to claim the territory of genomics as a mainstream publication is bold, and probably the magazine with the right combination of technology and science! Right now there are articles in the news section about 23andme, genomics time line, and some applications of genomics. One question I have is how will getting our genomics information help us take better care of ourselves, an issue Health 2.0 is tackling.

The December Issue is to have genomics as the cover story – I can’t wait! I still like the look and feel of reading paper-based magazines, so I’ll be watching the newstand!

In the mean time, I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry at thinking the nerdiest desk ornament at Wired was brilliant!


The business of genomics: a grabbag of companies on the move

A few more companies that have recently appeared on the radar:
Complete Genomics

“Complete Genomics (CGI) is a high-performance DNA sequencing company whose mission is to dramatically reduce the cost of DNA sequencing for research, drug development, and diagnostic applications.”

On their Science Advisory Board is Mark Chee, Ph.D., the co-founder of Illumina, who is presently Chief Executive Officer and Chief Scientific Officer of Prognosys Biosciences.

Prognosys Bio homepage says the following about their business plans…

“Prognosys Biosciences is developing innovative assay technologies. Our strategy is twofold: to make them available for applications ranging from basic research to clinical diagnostics; and to use them to discover and validate molecular markers that have prognostic value.”

High Throughput Genomics, Inc. says they add speed and accuracy to drug discovery.

These companies join the ranks of Helicos, ABI, Illumina, and 454, all of whom can produce entire genome sequences with ultra-high-throughput sequencing systems.

Photosynth in action clip

Blaise Aguera y Arcas demonstrates Photosynth from Microsoft with constructing Notre Dame from tagged pictures…use your imagination for what it could do for a genome!

Photosynth and genomics: the future of information representation

Prognostications of the future of genomics:  this is one of the best examples of what web3.0 will be, and genomics is the obvious application of this kind of technology!!!

Photosynth from Microsoft Live Labs will be able to create a synthetic metaverse based on tagging…no more searching through the 18 different sites and cross referencing to find out everything about your favorite region of the genome! The genome can be self-assembling!

Technological limitations to genomics: bioinformatics

Massive amounts of data are produced from genomics experiments. How do you sort through and make sense of all that data? The current limitation on high-throughput systems is data analysis. The editors at laboratorytalk present a thoughtful article “Breaking the bioinformatics bottleneck”.