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Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

A start-up software company is offering genetic analysis services for research and precision medicine that comply with open standards and access Google’s genomic data sets. . . . → Read More: Commercial Genome Service Launches Based on Open Data

Universal Wireless Charging Device Designed

(sethink, Pixabay)

14 October 2015. Engineering researchers designed a prototype device that can simultaneously charge mobile phones compatible with leading wireless charging specifications. Dukju Ahn and Patrick Mercier at University of California in San Diego describe their device in a recent issue of the journal IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics (paid subscription required).

Wireless . . . → Read More: Universal Wireless Charging Device Designed

Companies Form Fertility Treatment Technologies Alliance

(Greyerbaby, Pixabay)

8 June 2015. An alliance of drug, genomic, and assisted fertility technology companies are collaborating on processes and standards that encourage more consistency in results from assisted reproductive treatment labs. Financial details of the Global Fertility Alliance joining Illumina, Merck, and Genea were not disclosed.

The three companies aim to improve outcomes . . . → Read More: Companies Form Fertility Treatment Technologies Alliance

Genome Interpretation Database, Quality Effort Underway

(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH)

28 May 2015. A program to improve diagnostics and research based on genomic variations is underway that collects genetic data and implements standards for their interpretation. A description of the Clinical Genome Resource or ClinGen program appears in yesterday’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

. . . → Read More: Genome Interpretation Database, Quality Effort Underway

Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

(Agricultural Research Service, USDA)

7 May 2015. An organization of school districts in the U.S., joined by the Pew Charitable Trusts and U.S. Department of Agriculture, wrote a set of guidelines to reduce the use of antibiotics in raising chickens destined for school feeding programs. Tyson Foods, the nation’s largest producer of chickens, also . . . → Read More: Standard Devised to Cut Poultry Antibiotic Use

Purdue Spin-Off Designing Customized Synthetic Tissue

Sherry Harbin (Purdue University)

8 April 2015. A one year-old company, based on research at a Purdue University biomedical engineering lab, is producing customized biomaterials designed to form into synthetic tissue for drug discovery and toxicity testing. GeniPhys, founded by Purdue biomedical engineering professor Sherry Harbin, aims to further develop the technology, licensed from . . . → Read More: Purdue Spin-Off Designing Customized Synthetic Tissue

Image Analysis Company Raises $800K for New Venture

Omero includes an image viewer that allows for annotation (openmicroscopy.org)

16 February 2015. Glencoe Software Inc., a developer of image analysis and management software for research and pharmaceutical applications, raised $800,000 to fund a new venture in digital pathology. Financing for the Seattle company’s venture is provided by TIE Angels Group – Seattle and . . . → Read More: Image Analysis Company Raises $800K for New Venture

Consortium to Develop Common Neuroscience Data Format

(Research.gov)

4 August 2014. A coalition of research institutes and universities working in neuroscience are constructing a common format for sharing data about the brain to make emerging databases more useful to researchers. The Neurodata Without Borders project is an initiative of Allen Institute for Brain Science, California Institute of Technology, New York University . . . → Read More: Consortium to Develop Common Neuroscience Data Format

Quality Assurance Techniques Proposed for Stem Cells

Kevin Kit Parker (Harvard University)

7 March 2014. Biomedical engineers at Harvard University proposed a scheme for assessing the quality of stem cells used in drug testing to assure they transform into the cells and tissue they purport to represent. The team from Harvard’s Disease Biophysics Group, led by Kevin it Parker, published its . . . → Read More: Quality Assurance Techniques Proposed for Stem Cells

Tighter Home Weatherizing Standards Can Save $33 Billion

(A. Kotok)

Weatherizing U.S. homes to tighter international standards can save up to $33 billion in energy bills each year, according to calculations by engineers at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab in California, part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The team led by environmental engineer Jennifer Logue published its findings in this month’s issue . . . → Read More: Tighter Home Weatherizing Standards Can Save $33 Billion