16 10, 2017

WGS of HPV reveals the finer details of HPV genetic variation

By | October 16th, 2017|Categories: Methods and applications, Next-generation sequencing, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Because HPV has such a small  and relatively simple genome (8,000 bp encoding 8 genes) it is possible to screen for genetic variation that may underly carcinogenesis. A team from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has just published the sequencing of over 5,570 human cell and tissue samples – […]

12 10, 2017

Who’s the scientific equivalent of Harvey Weinstein?

By | October 12th, 2017|Categories: Other stuff|0 Comments

The news about Harvey Weinstein can hardly have escaped the attention of even the most lab-bound post-doc ro PhD student. The investigative journalism at the The New York Times story has led to the downfall of a movie mogul for sexual harassment, unwanted physical contact and other things most of us […]

5 10, 2017

Posting Enseqlopedia content to LinkedIN

By | October 5th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hopefully this post is going to pop up as if by magic to all my LinkedIn contacts. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for ages and finally had a go. Thanks to the people at WPBeginner for writing this “how to guide” to make […]

3 10, 2017

Explaining rare disease during bedtime storytime

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Creative, Other stuff|0 Comments

I had the very real pleasure of introducing Prof Lucy Raymond at Biotexcel’s Genomic Medicine 2017 in Cambridge last week. She was speaking in a session that included Dr David Bentley (Illumina Inc – Genomes for Medicine), Prof Stephan Beck (UCL Cancer Institute – Towards Personal Epigenomics), and Prof Sadaf Farooqi (University […]

3 10, 2017

DNA in vellum proves authenticity of paintings

By | October 3rd, 2017|Categories: Next-generation sequencing, Other stuff|0 Comments

A short article in todays Times quotes William Cowley parchment makers as saying velum provides the only foolproof way for detecting art forgery. Very simply an artist creates their work on vellum and retains a sample for genetic comparison should a suspected forgery come to […]

21 07, 2017

DAP-Seq for higher-throughput transcription factor analysis

By | July 21st, 2017|Categories: Methods and applications, Next-generation sequencing|0 Comments

The Ecker lab at the Salk Institute published a method for very high-throuphut transcription factor analysis in Nature Protocols yesterday: Mapping genome-wide transcription-factor binding sites using DAP-seq. The method is elegantly simple in its concept; PCR-free libraries from native gDNA are hybridised with affinity-tagged in vitro-expressed transcription factors, […]

12 07, 2017

ctDNA analysis from 250pg

By | July 12th, 2017|Categories: Methods and applications, Next-generation sequencing|2 Comments

A recent paper in Nature Scientific Reports from Maurice Jansen’s group at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam presents ctDNA analysis by targeted NGS from just 250pg of input cfDNA . This is a very small amount of material, and although the authors do discuss […]

10 07, 2017

Cancer amplicon nanopore sequencing

By | July 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Prof Yutaka Suzuki’s lab at the University of Tokyo published a paper last week in DNA research: Sequencing and phasing cancer mutations in lung cancers using a long-read portable sequencer. In the paper they described their work detecting SNVs in EGFR, KRAS, NRAS and NF1, and EML4-ALK, […]

22 05, 2017

#singlecell seance at the Earlham Institute

By | May 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Iain Macaulay organised a #singlecell meeting at Norwich’s Earlham Institute earlier this month. The meeting was fun and there were some great presentations during a day of talks and discussion on the development and application of single cell technologies. 100+ #singlecell analysis methods at www.tinyurl.com/mqabyur One that […]

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