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Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA)

Contributed by Poyin Chen Scientific research is slowly but surely moving away from one gene-one organism focus. We now understand that individual genes are only a small part of a whole, just as a single organism is only a small part of a large, diverse community. The constant improvement in –omics technologies is creating a […]

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Forensic Science and Microbiome

Contributed by Ning Chin Forensic science is the use of science to settle a legal argument. In criminal cases, a forensic technique is used to definitively identify the victim and the perpetrator. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) that is present in most human cells and biological fluid has individualizing characteristics that allow forensic scientists to identify the […]

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The Importance of Small Molecules in Biological Systems

Contributed by Narine Arabyan Metabolomics is a newly blooming and rapidly expanding field that combines the sciences of biology, chemistry, mathematics, and computer technology. Metabolomics is the study of metabolites or small molecules inside the cells and biological systems. This provides a unique chemical fingerprints that specific cellular processes leave behind, producing a snapshot for […]

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Avian Influenza Breakouts in Southern China during the Winter Season

Contributed by Carol Huang On January 14th, 2016, the Health and Family Planning Commission of Guangdong Province, China, has reported an additional two human cases of avian influenza A (H7N9). Human infection with H7N9 flu virus, however, causes serious respiratory symptoms and can lead to death – the most common symptom is severe pneumonia. Other symptoms […]

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100k Genome Project named in GenomeWeb Article

Outbreak Tracking, Infectious Disease Diagnostics Becoming Key Applications for NGS Dec 28, 2015 | Monica Heger Premium NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – In 2011, experts predicted that within five to 10 years, clinical microbiology labs would routinely sequence microbial genomes on a next-generation sequencing instrument, and that it would cost less than €100 ($109) to generate a complete […]

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Norovirus

Contributed by Poyin Chen California is currently experiencing an outbreak of Norovirus. This nasty little virus, also known as the winter vomiting disease, infects via contact with infected surfaces or people and wreaks havoc on the digestive system. Norovirus infections result in gastroenteritis as well as fever and body aches, but the infection is self […]

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Happy New Year !!

Contributed by Robin Jones It’s New Year’s Eve! As a child I couldn’t wait to see if I could stay awake long enough to celebrate the turning of the clock from 11:59 pm to 12:00 am. I would always have 1 party popper left over from the 4th of July that I could pull the string on […]

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