National Institutes of Health epigenomics public data resource now available!

June 10, 2011 · Posted in Science and Social Media · Leave a Comment 

Researchers in the Reference Epigenome Mapping Consortium, part of the NIH Common Fund’s Roadmap Epigenomics Program (http://commonfund.nih.gov/epigenomics), have begun creating a community resource of genome-wide epigenetic maps in a variety of human primary cell and tissue types. The data currently represent more than 100 samples including adult and fetal cells and tissues, and embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells.  The majority of reference epigenomes being generated contain information about DNA methylation, a core set of histone modifications, chromatin accessibility, and gene expression. A subset of reference epigenomes will also contain an expanded set of at least twenty additional histone modifications. The Consortium’s website (http://roadmapepigenomics.org) provides information about protocols developed by Consortium members, information about data standards, and links to a variety of sites where the epigenomic data can be visualized in a genome browser or downloaded for subsequent analysis.

Are Alcoholic Habits Determined by Genes?

May 30, 2011 · Posted in Research · Leave a Comment 

A recently published study has revealed that a gene related to autism, called autism susceptibility candidate 2, or AUTS2, is linked to increased alcohol consumption.

To read more, please go to www.mgrc.com.my/genomics_news/AUTS2.shtml

12th International Meeting On HUMAN GENOME VARIATION AND COMPLEX GENOME ANALYSIS (HGV2011)

May 24, 2011 · Posted in Events · Leave a Comment 

Date: 8th-10th September 2011
Place: Claremont Hotel Club and Spa, Berkeley, CA, USA
Website: http://www.hgvmeeting.org/hgv2011
Abstract deadline: 31st May 2011
Registration deadline: Open until all delegate places taken

* Topics to be covered include methods/strategies for utilisation of different types of DNA variation (e.g., SNPs and copy number variations-CNVs), functional genomics applications, population genetics, bioinformatics, databases, algorithm development, personal genome sequencing, The 1000 Genomes Project, and the study of human disease.

* Postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty member, and under-represented groups can apply for meeting grants to help minimise their attendance costs.

HGM 2011 on City TV News

May 6, 2011 · Posted in HUGO Events · Leave a Comment 

Catch City TV News report on HGM 2011 here. The HGM 2011 news segment is between the times 03:47 and 06:42.

HGM2012 Sydney video on YouTube

April 26, 2011 · Posted in HUGO Events · Leave a Comment 

View HGM2012 Sydney video on YouTube now: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2utMRLGFy0

OMIM is available through a new and improved website, omim.org

April 13, 2011 · Posted in Science and Social Media · Leave a Comment 

OMIM is available through a new and improved website, omim.org. The
website has a fresh new look that emphasizes the relationship between
diseases and genes. To improve clinical usefulness, omim.org includes
ICD9, ICD10 and SNOMED CT codes, new links to clinical trials.gov,
OrphaNet, Ensembl, Model Organisms, and more. Links in OMIM are
organized and take users directly to relevant information. OMIM’s Gene
Map is now searchable by genomic coordinates. User feedback is
encouraged via the “Contact Us” link at the top of every page.
Development of omim.org was funded by Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the
site is hosted at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) Genome
Bioinformatics. OMIM is sponsored by a grant from NHGRI.

Next Gen Sequencing Newsletter – April Issue

April 11, 2011 · Posted in Science and Social Media · Leave a Comment 

Key highlights in this month’s Next Generation Sequencing Newsletter issue include:

  • A Genomic Blueprint for Cancer
    By comparing the genome sequence of healthy and cancerous cells in 38 people diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an aggressive blood cancer, scientists have created a molecular map of what goes awry in this disease. Read more here.
  • New Gene Regions Identified That Predispose People to Heart Attacks: Some Hint at Previously Unknown Mechanisms That Increase Risk
    Scientists have identified 13 new gene sites associated with the risk of coronary artery disease and validated 10 sites found in previous studies. Several of the novel sites discovered in the study do not appear to relate to known risk factors, suggesting previously unsuspected mechanisms for cardiovascular disease. Read more here.

Read these and other updates at www.mgrc.com.my/newsletter.

Next Gen Sequencing Newsletter – March Issue

March 4, 2011 · Posted in Science and Social Media · Leave a Comment 

Key highlights in this month’s Next Generation Sequencing Newsletter issue include:

  • Social Networking’s Newest Friend: Genomics
    The first large-scale study to combine genome sequencing and social network analysis has solved a mysterious TB outbreak. Collaborators at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) integrated the two tools to create a much clearer picture of the outbreak. Read more here.
  • Whole Genome Sequencing Used to Help Inform Cancer Therapy
    Physicians and researchers at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) have successfully sequenced the genomes of a single patient’s normal and pancreatic cancer cells respectively – a tour de force of more than 6 billion DNA chemical bases. Read more here.

Read these and other updates at www.mgrc.com.my/newsletter.

Genome Canada Director, Technology Programs

February 9, 2011 · Posted in Careers · Leave a Comment 

Genome Canada to recruit a Director, Technology Programs for the organization. Details, please click here to download.

Closing date: March 21st, 2011

Writing Committee for GELS 2009, Brocher Foundation, Geneva, Switzerland

December 20, 2010 · Posted in HUGO Photos · Leave a Comment 

Writing Committee

Writing Committee

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