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Ice Bucket Challenge's 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery

Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell's giant hat,and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Posted:
May 2, 2016

Author:
Remi

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Microsoft experiments with DNA storage: 1,000,000,000 TB in a gram

Microsoft is buying ten million strands of DNA from biology startup Twist Bioscience to investigate the use of genetic material to store data. The data density of DNA is orders of magnitude higher than conventional storage systems, with 1 gram of DNA able to represent close to 1 billion terabytes (...

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Hunting the Genetic Signs of Postpartum Depression With an iPhone App

With mothers and medical providers clamoring for answers about postpartum depression, scientists are beginning a major effort to understand the genetic underpinnings of mood disorders that afflict millions of women during and after 

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The NIH, in pursuit of precision medicine, tries to avoid ghosts of its past

The National Institutes of Health is preparing to recruit 1 million volunteers for one of its most significant research projects in years, one meant to develop personalized medical treatments.  As it does so, officials are trying to dodge the ghosts of a similarly ambitious research initiative, one...

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Posted:
Jun 8, 2015

Author:
Deirdre

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When your genome costs less than your iPhone: The beautiful, terrifying future of DNA sequencing

Mapping the human genome was one of humanity's greatest scientific breakthroughs. Now, the cloud and supercomputing are taking it to new heights, bringing breathtaking and disturbing possibilities.

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