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Harvesting Insights from the 2014 Plant Genomics Congress

Recently, we attended the Plant Genomics Congress in St. Louis, Missouri where more than 160 plant genomics enthusiasts convened to discuss the latest advances in genomics technologies and how those advances can best be applied to further plant research. We often hear about human genomics as it relates to healthcare, but we don’t hear as…

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Post Medicine X: Reflecting on a More Open Approach to Genomic Medicine

Last week, our Director of Science & Clinical Solutions, George Asimenos, Ph.D., gave a talk at Stanford’s Medicine X conference, titled, “Open-source genomic analyses on open-source patients”.  It was a timely talk given the recent release of the NIH’s proposed Genomic Data Sharing Policies, which, in essence, say that scientists who use government money to…

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On A Day When Apple Sidesteps Healthcare Technology, Mary-Claire King Shows How To Confront It

The most interesting healthcare news of this week was manifestly not Apple AAPL +3.06%’s new watch; I can only assume that the Cupertino-based company concluded, after meeting with the FDA and consulting with a range of experts, that it made far more sense to go down the path of nutritional supplements, and stay as far from regulators as possible —…

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At Stanford Medicine X: How Will Emerging Technologies Advance Healthcare?

We are very excited about the upcoming Stanford Medicine X conference that is taking place right here in our backyard September 5-7th.  The conference will explore the rapidly growing market at the intersection of technology and healthcare and how “emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active…

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Towards Fulfilling The Promise Of Genomic Medicine

I was in eleventh grade when I first discovered The Eighth Day of Creation, Horace Freeland Judson’s wonderful, eloquent, deeply inspiring account of the history of DNA and the origins of molecular medicine.  I’ve been hooked ever since. My choice of college was driven by the opportunity to study with many of the key players…

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The First Publicly Available “$1000 Genome” Test Dataset!

At DNAnexus we’re always looking for ways to collaborate on projects that are outside the norm, and this latest collaboration is no exception. We’ve teamed up with the Garvan Institute and AllSeq to offer the genomics community open access to the first publicly available datasets generated using Illumina’s HiSeq X Ten sequencing system.   Why…

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At ISMB, Talks Focused on Biological Discovery Through Computation

Recently, over 1,300 scientists converged in Boston to network, learn, and collaborate.  They were there to attend the Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) conference, July 11-15th, which is hosted by the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).  ISMB has become the world’s largest bioinformatics/computational biology conference, attracting life scientists from around the world who…

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Techonomy Bio: A Provocative Look at Biotech Innovation

This week we attended the first-ever Techonomy Bio conference, a half-day series of discussions on the convergence of technology and biology, which was fittingly held in the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.  The meeting, hosted by Techonomy, included more than 20 speakers and panelists made up of scientists, activists, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs engaged…

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Discussing Clinical Genomics at the Recent ICCG Meeting

We had the pleasure of recently attending the International Collaboration for Clinical Genomics (ICCG) meeting in Bethesda.  The ICCG is a partnership between the International Standards for Cytogenomic Arrays (ISCA) Consortium and members of the sequencing community who are focused on issues of standardization, data sharing, and collaboration as they relate to structural variation detected…

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What Will it Take to Make Big Data in Biomedicine a Success?

Last week, we attended the Big Data in Biomedicine conference which was held in our backyard at Stanford University. The meeting, hosted by the Stanford School of Medicine and Oxford, pulled in 60 speakers and panelists who covered a broad range of topics including infectious disease, wearable devices, statistics, machine learning, and one of our…

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